VISITORS to Chorley Markets will get a new market experience from Tuesday 4 July as stalls from the Flat Iron are moved to the streets of the town centre.
Chorley Council is relocating stalls from the Tuesday market to the streets to enable the next phase of work to begin on the Flat Iron in preparation for the construction of the extension to Market Walk.
Everyone’s favourite stalls will continue to trade in Chorley but they will now be lining Fazakerley Street, Chapel Street, New Market Street, Cleveland Street and the bottom half of High Street every Tuesday.
The move will also see the taxi rank that is usually located at the bottom of High Street, moving just around the corner to Cleveland Street, opposite the old post office building, every Tuesday.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council with responsibility for the town centre, said: “Over the last few months we have been trialling market stalls along Chapel Street and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with many people saying they like seeing a street market in Chorley.
“All of the usual stalls will be trading but they will be spread out over a few streets, including stalls along the newly revamped Fazakerley Street, which is part of our plans to improve the public realm in the town centre.
“The move is something that will be in place for the foreseeable future while preparation and construction work takes place on the Flat Iron to build the extension to Market Walk and we would encourage visitors to come and explore the new market layout and the rest of Chorley town centre.”
In addition to the completed public realm improvements to Fazakerley Street, work is also ongoing to improve Theatre Walk, which runs between Peter Street and Market Street, and improvements have been made to the Steeley Lane area.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience with the town centre redevelopment work so far but we’re asking people to please continue to bear with us and to continue to shop and visit Chorley,” added Coun Bradley.
“When the redevelopment of the town centre is complete, people will see a retail and leisure offer that builds upon the fantastic independent traders that we already have in town. The council is investing £17 million in the town centre with the aim of supporting and developing the local economy through revitalising the town centre.”
For more information on the new market layout including a map, visit chorley.gov.uk/markets