DOZENS of new parking spaces are available for shoppers in Chorley town centre as work to build the £12 million Market Walk shopping centre gets underway.
As diggers rolled in to start building the extension, which will bring a M&S Foodhall, with click and collect, and a six-screen Reel Cinema, the ground floor of the new two-level car park on Friday Street was opened.
It comes as work starts on creating another 35 spaces on Park Road to give visitors to Chorley town centre plenty of choice when it comes to car parking.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We know how important it is for traders and visitors that there is plenty of parking so as we promised we are creating lots of new spaces to ensure people can get easy access to the shopping streets while work takes place.
“We’ll see more than 350 new parking spaces opening between now and the middle of November so it will give everyone a timely boost as the Christmas shopping period gets underway, particularly with all our car parks, except the Flat Iron, having some element of free parking.”
The new spaces being made available are:
• Up to 100 new spaces are now open on the ground floor of Friday Street car park
• Work will start on Monday 22 October to create 35 free and unlimited parking bays on Park Road, to the north of archway the entrance to Astley Park
• The whole of the new two-level Friday Street car park will be open in mid-November providing 316 spaces that will be wider than the standard parking bays making it ideal for shoppers.
“It’s really important people continue to shop in Chorley while we improve the town centre for future generations and we are looking forward to seeing the major transformation over the next 12 months,” said Councillor Bradley.
“We’ll keep everyone updated with progress but if anyone has got any questions around what’s happening then please get in touch so we can provide you with information.
“We’ve got a busy few weeks with the Christmas light switch on, on Saturday 17 November; the Totally Locally Chorley Christmas Market on Sunday 25 November; and the Winter Wonderland with real ice rink arriving in December to provide an attraction for visitors of all ages.”
More information on what’s happening can be found by searching ‘town centre improvements’ at chorley.gov.uk.