VISITORS to Chorley town centre can now enjoy an impressive walk to the theatre after improvement work was completed on the alley between Peter Street and Market Street.

The alley, which will now be known as Theatre Walk, has been cleaned up with new paving and an archway installed.  The work has been commissioned by Chorley Council as part of a £4million project to improve the public realm in the town centre.

Theatre-related quotes line the paving and notice boards will soon be installed along the walls to tell people what is coming up at Chorley Little Theatre. 

The notice boards will be accompanied by Peter Wink street name plaques at either end of the alley to recognise the fact that many local people know the alley as that name. 

Work is also nearing completion on nearby Fazakerley Street with new paving laid to create a flatter surface allowing more space for market stalls and entertainment activities.  New seating has been installed with decorative finishing touches set to go in shortly.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Improving the public realm is an important part of the redevelopment of the town centre to attract more visitors and boost the local economy.

“Local people and businesses have been asking us to improve various parts of the town centre and the feedback we are getting suggests they are pleased with the work completed so far.  Theatre Walk looks fantastic and it will help to signpost people to Chorley Little Theatre, which is a popular town centre attraction.

“Fazakerley Street also looks much better and the improvements have allowed us to locate some of the Tuesday market stalls there, which is great news everyone.  We want to thank everyone for putting up with this recent work and disruption  The ultimate aim is to create a much more vibrant town centre to add to the already great appeal of Chorley.”

Ian Robinson, Chairman of Chorley Little Theatre, added: Ian Robinson, Chairman of Chorley Little Theatre, added: “The alley looks fantastic and we’re honoured the council named the new walk after us, so would like to thank them for all their support. We’ve been here 107 years but incredibly there are still some people who’ve not discovered us. They’ve got no excuse now!"