Ryan Powell | Youth Work Manager

Chorley Youth Zone (Opens April 2018)

Tel: 07725120934

Website: www.inspireyouthzone.org

Twitter: @inspireyz

We are looking for a group of young people with a keen interest in filming/acting to help create a Christmas promotion video. If you have any young people that would like to volunteer in producing this, please let me know as soon as possible by emailing Ryan Powell [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]. 


Our current development group is looking to expand, we are looking for any young people aged 8 – 19 that would like thier voice to be heard and have an input into Chorley Youth Zone, with opportunity to represent Chorley on a more national scale. The group will be meeting bi-weekly and it’s a great opportunity to meet other young people. 



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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


Regarding surface dressing works to be done beginning 10th July, 2016



What is to be done to the road?

The road is to be SURFACE DRESSED - an exceptionally quick process whereby a layer of bitumen (tar) and then a layer of chippings are applied to the surface. In this way the skid resistance of the road surface is increased, and the life of the road is prolonged because it is sealed against the entry of water.

What is involved?

First the road will be swept clean. The surface will then be sprayed with a bitumen binder. This will be followed by the application of a layer of stone chippings. These chippings will be pressed into the bitumen binder by a road roller. The road surface will be swept again within 24 hours of completion of the work, with a final sweep approximately 14 days afterwards. All lining, including disabled bay and resident H-bar markings, will be replaced after the 14 day sweep.

What precautions should be taken?

  1. There will be 'NO PARKING' during the days we are working. If you need help in getting in or out of your property, please ask the operatives or traffic management team on site for assistance.

Yellow 'NO PARKING' signs will be erected prior to the works starting. These signs will provide information on date and time of work.

  1. There will be 'Speed reduction' signs in place for the duration of the work and until the final sweep has taken place. We advise that you keep to the indicated speed limit until the signs are removed.
  1. Before getting into your car or entering your home, please check that you and your family do not have bitumen on your shoes; it may be necessary to remove them before entering your property.
  1. If, in spite of these precautions, you get bitumen on your clothes or shoes, it can be removed with a proprietary cleaner.
  1. In the case of business premises, we are obliged to maintain access, but as there are no practical ways in which we can cover the treated surfaces and cannot prevent people from walking on them, we suggest you place a temporary covering inside your premises.

Pack up your picnics and head to Chorley’s Astley Park on Sunday 25 June for an afternoon of free fun and entertainment as Sid and Rebecca from the popular CBeebies’ show, Let’s Play, head to the town’s annual Picnic in the Park event.

Chorley Council has teamed up with Rock FM to bring the fantastic annual family stage show to Astley Park with performances from Sid and Rebecca, children’s entertainers, top local bands, singers, and more.

The fun starts at 12 noon and will also feature lots of fun activities for children including, sports, games, arts and crafts, football challenges with Chorley Football Club, meet the animals of Pets Corner and not forgetting the opportunity to explore Astley Hall and the exhibitions in Astley Farmhouse.

Chris Sinnott, Director of Policy and Governance with responsibility for events at Chorley Council, said: “Acts from CBeebies have always proved popular with families at our annual Picnic in the Park event so we’re really excited that Sid and Rebecca from CBeebies and other exciting acts and entertainers will be coming to Astley Park on Sunday 25 June.

“Picnic in the Park is a fantastic event and we’ve planned lots of activities throughout the afternoon, including two performances from Sid and Rebecca, an amazing children’s entertainer and some great up and coming bands and singers.  There will also be lots of other great activities for everyone to have a go at, including some Get Up and Go games.

“Come rain or shine, there will be lots going on between 12 noon and 4pm to keep the little ones entertained, so pack up your picnic goodies and come and sing and dance along to Rock FM’s family stage show.”

Anyone driving to Picnic in the Park is being encouraged to be considerate of the residents of Astley Village and either park at Woodlands car park on Southport Road and use the Ackhurst Lodge entrance to Astley Park or park at one of the town centre car parks, which are free on Sundays and are only a short walk from the Park Road or Queens Road entrances to Astley Park. Hallgate car park will be open for blue badge holders only.

Picnic in the Park is just one of the many events organised by Chorley Council to give local people and visitors a great day out in Chorley.  For more inspiration and ideas for a great day out, check out Chorley’s online visitor information centre, checkoutchorley.com


VISITORS to Chorley are being reminded that the town centre now has more free and cheaper parking spaces following the introduction of new tariffs on all council car parks.

Chorley Council has introduced the new parking tariffs to encourage drivers to use different car parks in the town centre as well as ensuring people continue to visit and shop in Chorley while redevelopment work takes place on the Flat Iron to extend Market Walk shopping centre.

The new parking tariffs will give people up to one hour parking for free on all short stay car parks, except the Flat Iron, and up to three hours free on all long stay car parks.  Those who wish to stay longer can park for up to four hours from as little as £1 or all day for just £3.50.

A two-hour maximum stay limit has also been introduced on the Flat Iron car park to increase turnover of spaces and encourage people to park on one of the many other car parks in the town centre for free or at low cost. 

The two-hour maximum stay on the Flat Iron is also applicable during the town’s usual free periods of parking including Saturdays 1pm to 5pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 8am to 5pm and a time of arrival ticket must be obtained from the car park machine.

The Chief Executive of Chorley Council, Gary Hall, said: “We have introduced the new parking tariffs to try and change people’s parking habits in Chorley town centre and to provide visitors with more free and cheaper parking options.

“Because the Flat Iron is the most central car park in Chorley, a lot of drivers head straight for it when they can park just a few minutes’ walk away for free or cheaper and for longer.  Yes, there is work taking place on the Flat Iron but we are trying to minimise disruption and it is important for the extension to Market Walk and the redevelopment of the town centre. 

“Changing the Flat Iron car park to a two-hour maximum stay car park is helping to free up spaces and it is important that people realise that this is applicable during the free periods on Saturdays after 1pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 8am and 5pm as well.

“Our advice is to download one of our parking maps showing where all the car parks are and check the parking tariff board carefully when obtaining a ticket, which you will need to do even in the free periods.”

For further information on car parking in Chorley town centre, please visit chorley.gov.uk/parking.


TWO national retailers are coming to Chorley to join the cinema in the town’s Market Walk shopping centre.

Marks & Spencer are set to bring an M&S Foodhall and fashion, accessories and home retailer, TK Maxx, are set to join Reel Cinema in the extension to Market Walk shopping centre, which is owned and managed by Chorley Council.

Alongside the cinema, the two retailers will take up over 75 per cent of the extension’s floor space giving shoppers even more choice in the town.  Discussions are ongoing with other retailers and food and beverage outlets to fill the remaining 25 per cent with further announcements expected in the coming months

Gary Hall, Chief Executive of Chorley Council, said: “This is a really exciting time for the Chorley borough and to have two leading national retailers coming to the town shows that people are seeing Chorley as a place they want to invest in.

“Both M&S Foodhall and TK Maxx offer customers great quality products and will add to and complement the fantastic independent and national retailers that are already here. 

“We are still in discussions about the exact layout of the new stores but it has taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage.  We are delivering what residents and visitors have told us they want to see so we can attract even more visitors into Chorley and boost the local economy.”

Rob Morray, Head of Property Planning at M&S said: “We’re excited to be bringing an M&S Foodhall to customers in Chorley.  The store will offer the very best of M&S’s quality food and drink, as well a café. The Collect in Store service will mean customers who purchase Clothing and Home from M&S.com can collect their products in store the very next day. We look forward to sharing more details about the store nearer to the time of opening.”

The extension to Market Walk shopping centre will see seven new units created including the three taken up by M&S, TK Maxx and Reel Cinema.

Chorley Council bought the Market Walk shopping centre in 2013 and planning permission was granted for the extension last year.

Initial ground preparation work for the extension to Market Walk has already started on the Flat Iron to ensure everything is in place for construction to begin later this year.  It is anticipated that the new stores and extension to Market Walk shopping centre will be completed by late 2018.


VISITORS to Chorley’s Tuesday market and Flat Iron car park will notice some further changes from this week as the market moves from its usual location to the opposite end of the Flat Iron and work begins on the new car park arrangement.

The move of the Tuesday market is part of Chorley Council’s preparation plans for the extension to Market Walk shopping centre and will coincide with the introduction of new parking tariffs on the Flat Iron and across all town centre car parks with new pay and display machines being installed.

This phase of the car park and public realm work is expected to last around two months and will restrict access to the parking area directly in front of Booths although the store will remain open for business with customers able to park on other sections of the Flat Iron as well as being offered free parking on alternative town centre car parks.

During this phase of work the car park will be reconfigured and a new two way entrance and exit close to Booths will be created along with a new trolley bay.

Gary Hall, Chief Executive of Chorley Council, said: “We want the extension of Market Walk to cause as little disruption as possible to existing businesses and visitors so it is important that we reconfigure part of the Flat Iron car park first and introduce new parking tariffs to encourage people to make full-use of all town centre car parks.

“This next stage of the Market Walk preparation work will see some car park spaces on the Flat Iron realigned and a new entrance and exit created to maximise the area and ensure people can continue to access the car park with ease.

“The Tuesday market and surrounding businesses will continue to operate as normal although the market will move temporarily.  Therefore we are urging people to continue to visit and shop in the town centre like they usually do.” 

From 1 May, a two-hour maximum stay limit was introduced on the Flat Iron car park during the enforceable hours of 8am and 5pm for all motorists, including blue badge holders, to increase the turnover on the car park and encourage people to change their parking habits.

“We recognise these ground and building works will affect the number of spaces on the Flat Iron car park so we have changed the car park to a two hour maximum stay to try to free up as many spaces as possible,” added Mr Hall.

“For anyone who wishes to stay longer than two hours, there are plenty of alternative car parks close by and from 15 May we will be introducing more free and cheaper parking on all of our short and long stay car parks.”

People visiting Chorley town centre from Monday 15 May will be able to park on any short stay car park for free for up to one hour or park for up to three hours for just £1 with the exception of the Flat Iron car park. 

Or if visitors wish to stay longer, they can park on any long stay car park for free for up to three hours, for just £1 for up to four hours and all day for £3.50.  Whether people park for free or pay the tariff they will still need to display a ticket in their car.

Parking machines and tariff boards will be updated at all town centre car parks.  A full list of these car parks and more details can also be found at chorley.gov.uk/parking.


Read the April 2017 Consumer Report here.



RESIDENTS in Chorley are being urged to make sure they are aware of changes to their waste collections as the new service starts from 1 May.

A new opt in service is being introduced for garden waste collections to cover the huge funding gap that Chorley Council, which collects your rubbish, says ‘is a step too far’.

And the other major change being made will see paper and cardboard collected mixed together from your brown bin.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We have contacted every household in the borough to inform them of what’s happening but we just wanted to remind people that the changes are now starting to take place.

“People will receive their final recycling collections under the old system during the last two weeks in April so it’s important people start to follow the new instructions in time for the collections changing on 1 May.

“If you haven’t already familiarised yourself with the changes please do so at chorley.gov.uk/bins and please check that your family, friends and neighbours are aware of what’s happening too so the change can be as smooth as possible.”

The new look waste collection service will mean from 1 May:

  • Everyone opting in to garden waste collections will receive a new grey bin and they will be emptied every fortnight – the service is £30 per year, per bin
  • For properties with brown bins these will be used for collecting paper and cardboard mixed together
  • The green boxes and black pods will be replaced and you can reuse these or take them to the tip
  •  If you don’t already have a brown bin you will be able to request one in May and you can continue using the box and pod in the meantime
  • The paper and cardboard collections will move to every four weeks as there is double the capacity in the brown bin compared to the box and pod
  • Collections for the green bin (general household waste) and blue bins (plastic bottles, glass and cans) will remain the same
  • If you have any brown bins you don’t need please contact us in May to request removal.

“We know everyone will now be keen to see how their collections have changed and you can check this at chorley.gov.uk/bins,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Essentially, your brown bin collection for paper and cardboard will be on your usual recycling collection day but will be collected once every four weeks.

“If you’ve opted in for the garden waste collections then we anticipate these will be collected on the same day as your blue bin – it’s important to note that there may be changes to the collection day for the grey bin in some parts of the borough due to the take up of the new service so it’s important you check online.

“If you ordered your grey bin before the end of March then it will arrive before the end of April, don’t worry if it hasn’t arrived yet, and the stickers for the bins will be sent out in time for the changeover on 1 May.

“Once we get towards the end of summer and the opt in for the garden waste service settles down we will look to issue every household with an updated waste collection calendar but they are available online now at chorley.gov.uk/bins.”

Full details of all the waste collection changes and the form to opt in are available at chorley.gov.uk/bins.


PLANS to introduce more parking in Chorley town centre have been agreed after Chorley Council purchased Oak House and the surrounding land to redevelop the site into a car park.

Oak House, which is on the corner of Market Street and High Street, is set to be demolished to make way for 28 parking spaces, which will add to the 19 spaces already created on the adjoining car park on the corner of High Street and Cleveland Street.

The plans do not affect Gala Bingo, which will remain open while the Oak House site is being developed.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “As part of the Market Walk extension scheme, we committed to providing sufficient car parking to support the new build and existing businesses and the purchase and redevelopment of Oak House is one of a number of options we are progressing.

“Oak House does have a lot of history behind it but inside it is now office space and is not fit for the purpose of modern day retailers or businesses.  Eventually, the plan is to create a civic square in that location but for now it will provide extra parking right in the centre of town, which people have said they want.

“We want to be ambitious for Chorley and give the residents of the whole borough a town centre that they can be proud of.  The work that is taking place at the moment, including developing Market Walk, creating Chorley Youth Zone and improving streets like Fazakerley Street, will make our town centre into a place where people want to spend their leisure time and do their shopping rather than going to neighbouring towns and cities.”

The council is also exploring a number of other options to further increase car parking in the town centre, including making the United Reform Church car park into a public car park and transforming the Apex House site on Arley Street into parking spaces and introducing a park and ride scheme, which is additional to the 54 spaces that have already been made available on Hollinshead Street. 

Additionally, people will start to see changes to Fazakerley Street in the town centre from next week as work starts on improving the street and replacing the paving from Tuesday 18 April.

“Our plans to improve the town centre are now taking shape with people starting to see work taking place,” added Councillor Bradley.

“What we’d encourage people to do is support us in this and shop local where you can – we can put investment in to improve the facilities but we need residents to come and spend their money here to support local traders, create new jobs and keep money in the local economy.”


DECORATED benches were installed in a number of locations across Chorley town centre in the lead up to the town’s popular annual festival of words.

The benches designed and decorated by local primary school pupils will play a major part in the What’s Your Story, Chorley?  event on Saturday 1 April and organised by Chorley Council and The Creative Network.

The works of art formed a Book Bench Trail through the town centre which people can enjoy in the run up to the event and for the week following. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, who oversees events for Chorley Council, said: “Our event, What’s Your Story, Chorley? is becoming increasingly popular each year. We have a range of fantastic contributors who will entertain families throughout the day at venues around the town centre.

“Also this year, for the first time, we have joined forces with Edge Hill University to create the book bench trail as an added dimension for people to enjoy.

“The youngsters at the schools have researched books and designed and decorated the benches which the schools have loaned to us for the trail. This is something new for Chorley and I would urge people to come along and have a look at their hard work – we have a lot of talented young artists in Chorley!

“The benches will be on display for a two week period, and there’s a trail quiz for youngsters which they can pick up from Chorley Library. Also, if people come along to Cleveland Street by the covered market on the day of What’s Your Story, Chorley? on Saturday 1 April, they will be able to help design and decorate a community bench of our own.”

Nigel Stewart, from The Creative Network, said: “The event this year will be our best yet with some first class authors, actors, storytellers, lyricists and musicians performing at venues across the town centre.

“This year as well, we’ll have the book benches as an added attraction and we are delighted to be also joined by the Cartwright Drama Studio, set up by internationally acclaimed writer and producer Jim Cartwright, and their youth group will be performing a mix of materials they have written themselves and published works at their studio in High Street from 2pm to 4pm. So the whole event promises to be a great day out for all the family.”

For more information about the event visit the website chorley.gov.uk, search for What’s Your Story, Chorley? 2017 on Facebook, or pick up a schedule from any of the venues:

  • Chorley Library, Union Street
  • Goodies Coffee Shop, Cannon Street
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Market Street
  • The Buttonhole, Chapel Street
  • Bubble ‘N’ Shake, Market Street
  • Rosie Posies, Farrington Street
  • St Laurence’s Church, Union Street


VISITORS to a popular Chorley tourist attraction will soon benefit from better parking facilities as work begins on improving the car park at Yarrow Valley Country Park.

Chorley Council is investing £220,000 in a major upgrade of the car park to repair potholes, tidy the vegetation and increase the capacity by a third.

The work is part of improvements to the borough’s parks and open spaces and comes in response to suggestions from visitors.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees parks and open spaces at Chorley Council, said: “Yarrow Valley Country Park is becoming one of our most popular tourist attractions and it is important that we improve the car park so it is fit for purpose.

“We think most people will be pleased once the new car park is finished because there are currently lots of potholes and on busy days it can be hard to find a parking spot.

“Since we launched our Check Out Chorley campaign last year we’ve seen lots of new visitors to the park, which is home to a children’s play area, wonderful walks and is a haven for wildlife.”

The improvements will involve the loss of some lower quality trees and vegetation within the existing car park area to make room for 130 vehicles.

A sustainable approach is being taken with the new car park with the surface being a combination of tarmac and permeable gravel paving to avoid directly discharging additional surface water into the River Yarrow.

“This is part of our continued investment in the borough to make sure Chorley is a place people can be proud of,” said Councillor Lowe.

Work will start on Monday 27 March and the main car park area is expected to be completed by early June.  The work will be done in phases so that visitors can continue to use the car park while the work is ongoing.  The visitor centre, café and country park will remain open throughout.


Please find here schedule and road order details for a proposed various road closures within the Chorley area on 15th April 2017 to enable the Chorley Grand Prix 2017 cycle event to be undertaken.

If you have any comments or observations regarding the closure please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

You can also find details of any other planned works via our Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire.

Please click on the attached link and select the area that you are interested in.


Please find here details and map of a proposed temporary road closure on Mill Lane, Whittle le Woods on the 18/04/2017 until 12/05/2017 to enable carriageway patching works to take place.

If you have any comments or observations regarding the closure please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 24th March 2017.

You can also find details of any other planned works via our Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire.

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CHORLEY Council is again stepping in to help save vital bus services that were due to be axed.

The council has been in top level talks with bus service operator Stagecoach and Lancashire County Council to keep more buses running in the borough, less than 12 months after stepping in to save three other major bus routes.

Last year, the council agreed to fund services operating between Chorley and Blackburn; Chorley and Chorley Hospital via Astley Village, and Chorley and Coppull after Lancashire County Council withdrew subsidies as it seeks to save over £64 million from its budget this next year.

Following the public outcry last month when Stagecoach announced it intended to axe the 7 service through Chorley, Charnock Richard and Croston from Sunday 5 February, Chorley Council has been working to find a solution.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “We’ve been meeting with Stagecoach and Lancashire County Council to see what could be done to keep the service going in the short term to give us time to discuss things further and find a longer term solution.

“Those talks have resulted LCC and Stagecoach making revisions to their existing services to mitigate some of the impact of the withdrawal of the number 7 service, and we’re going to fund a temporary service for one section of the route and look at what could be done to help residents on other sections of the route.

“We’ve been put in this position because of central government cuts impacting on not only ourselves, but the county council too, so they’re having to make huge savings. They are putting councils in an untenable position which is having a major impact on services for residents and in this case potentially leaving residents isolated.”

Councillor Bev Murray, executive member and ward councillor for Chorley South East one of the areas affected, said: “The part of the service being funded by the council is a ‘quick fix’ so the service didn’t end on Sunday and is only temporary. But it will give us the chance to have further discussions about the way forward and how the situation can be improved borough-wide.”

Stagecoach has enhanced its 8/8A service to cover Adlington and Limbrick and the Lancashire County Council 347 service has been revised to take in Charnock Richard, Heskin and Eccleston. The Chorley Council funded 7C service will run from Chorley Interchange to the Carr Lane/A6 junction via Pall Mall, Harrison Road, Pilling Lane, Kirstall Road and Melrose Way.


Find the latest consumer alert report here.



The next community clean up day will be held in Whittle-le-Woods on Saturday 20th May.  Look out for posters on the village's noticeboards nearer the time.


Find the Trading Standards reports for December 2016 and January 2017.



Here is a link to the October 2016 In The Know newsletter for Clayton and Whittle-le-Woods.



A CHARITY which helps people get around the town celebrated its 21st birthday this week.

Chorley Shopmobility, supported by Chorley Council, provides wheelchairs and motorised scooters for people not just with disabilities, but for all people who struggle to get about.

It was opened on 29 November 1995 by the then Mayor of Chorley, Councillor George Birtill, and the current Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Doreen Dickinson was on hand to cut the cake at the celebrations this week (Tuesday 29 November).

Councillor Danny Gee, who is a trustee of Chorley Shopmobility, said: “It took over three years of hard fundraising before the unit could open and when it did open, it had four scooters, four wheelchairs and 260 people registered.

“Now we have 15 scooters for people all weights and a very large selection of wheelchairs suitable for children and adults, and our registration is now over 4400!

“We believe that people with any mobility difficulties whatsoever have the right to get out and about, whether it’s a disability, someone who’s pregnant, or someone with a broken leg. Our aim is to help everyone to come to Chorley meet friends, have a cup of tea/coffee, do their shopping etc instead of sitting at home and this is something that we are proud to have achieved - and it will also have helped with Chorley’s economy by enabling more people to come into the town centre.”

Chorley Shopmobility is a non-profitmaking registered charity which is based at the Flat Iron car park and is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm (closed Wednesdays). Scooters are also available from Chorley Interchange Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.



OVER 77,000 additional visitors checked out Chorley last year according to new figures released. 

Visitor numbers across the Chorley borough rose to over 3.5 million in 2015, up from just over 3.4 million in 2014 with the overall value of the borough’s visitor economy up by 4.3 per cent to over £167 million.

Chorley Council is delighted at the increase in visitors and hopes the trend will continue after launching the area’s first visitor information website checkoutchorley.com earlier this year. 

The Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Alistair Bradley, who has responsibility for Economic Development, said: “With some of the most beautiful countryside in the region, a thriving town centre, beautiful canals, parks and historic halls, Chorley is the perfect visitor destination and it’s fantastic to see so many people enjoying the borough’s attractions.

“Chorley is really upping its game as a visitor destination with attractions like Astley Hall, Coach House and Park, Hoghton Tower, Botany Bay, Heskin Farmers’ Market and more providing some fantastic events and activities for people of all ages. 

“There has also been a concerted effort by local businesses and organisations to improve the visitor offer in recent years, including independent traders, food establishments and hotels offering unique products, delicious menus and great value packages. Plus more people are seeing our beautiful villages and countryside as the ideal location for walking and cycling.”

The STEAM report released by Marketing Lancashire also revealed that the majority of visitors, over 3.2 million, came for the day, generating over £107 million for Chorley’s economy in 2015.  Visitors to Chorley also supported the equivalent of 2,222 full time jobs, which is an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to the previous year.

Due to events like the Chorley Flower Show, which has recently been nominated as a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards, and the fact that Astley Hall is currently hosting the National Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition, attracting hundreds of visitors every weekend, Chorley’s reputation as a great day out continues to grow.

Coun Bradley continued: “These figures clearly show that attracting more visitors will ultimately boost the local economy with more people spending their money in Chorley and more jobs created.

“In 2015, the council-organised events alone attracted over 50,000 people to Chorley with many more attending other events in the area.  The feedback we get from visitors is that they really enjoy our events and what Chorley has to offer and the council is building on that with the creation of checkoutchorley.com and further investment into the marketing of the area.”

For more inspiration on things to do and places to visit in Chorley, visit checkoutchorley.com and follow @visitchorley on Instagram.  People who visit the area and want to share their experiences and pictures as inspiration to others are also being encouraged to use #checkoutchorley on social media.


A NEW £50,000 state-of-the-art play area for toddlers has opened in Chorley.

The new Chorley Council facility, at Buttermere Green, has play equipment especially for younger children which will complement the existing play facilities, skate park, ball court and grass football pitches already provided and the new community centre which is to be opened shortly.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “This is a fabulous facility for the local community. It has been a long term aim of the council to improve the play facilities here and this area for toddlers is the final phase before the opening of the new community centre.

“The residents themselves have been involved in shaping its design and have told us what equipment they’d like for their children to play on.

“I’d like to thank all those who took part in the consultation, including the Adactus Housing Group and the Chorley Moor Residents’ Association.

“We were delighted to be able to get additional funding from Lancashire County Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government so we could create this fantastic play area for the younger children of this community.”

The play area, aimed at children aged two to 8 years, is designed to have easy smooth access from hard standing all year round, is accessible to all and offers an innovative challenging play space, safe for young children, their family and friends to exercise, socialise and have fun.

Chorley Council is also working with LCC to improve the footpath access into the play areas by installing dropped kerbs to the central footpath linking through the greenspace. This work is scheduled to be carried out over the winter.


Businesses continue to choose Chorley town centre

CHORLEY is bucking the trend when it comes to the number of empty shops in the town centre.

Figures revealed this week show that the town centre vacancy rates in Chorley are below the national average proving that new shops and businesses are continuing to set up in the town centre.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, who oversees economic development and the town centre at Chorley Council, said: “The council has worked hard to attract new businesses to the town centre and it’s great to see that we are doing better than many other town centres up and down the country.

“The support the council offers businesses including grants, advice, workshops and networking has proven to be very effective and lots of businesses are taking advantage of these opportunities.  We've also bought and taken control of Market Walk shopping centre, which has allowed us to do more to attract businesses to the town and with two more shops opening in the New Year, the shopping centre will be full again.

"However, if we want businesses and the town centre to succeed in the future we can't stand still.  The next few years will see some of the most dramatic changes ever seen in the town centre with the Market Walk and town centre improvements, the creation of the new youth zone and the retirement village on Fleet Street and we strongly believe that these changes will attract even more businesses and boost Chorley's local economy even further."

The overall vacancy rate in Chorley town centre including shops, pubs, leisure, developments and offices, currently stands at 6.8 per cent – that’s lower than the national average of 10.1 per cent and much better than other neighbouring towns, with the regional average at 19.6 per cent.

“If we’re going to continue to have a thriving town centre we need local people to shop in Chorley and support their local traders,” added Councillor Bradley

“Chorley has some fantastic independent traders who offer something different to other neighbouring towns and cities, as well as a few national retailers, so I’d urge people to visit the town centre and see what’s on offer.

"We will continue to back local traders and invest in the town centre and I hope that by doing that Chorley town centre will continue to be a great place to shop, visit and spend time."


CHORLEY town centre is set to undergo a £17 million transformation over the next few years as Chorley Council is on the verge of sealing deals with several high profile businesses for the Market Walk shopping centre extension.

The ambitious scheme would see a cinema, high street retailers and restaurants move into the shopping centre with the rest of the town centre being revamped to make Chorley an even more enjoyable place to shop and enjoy leisure time.

Councillors will take a decision on whether to proceed with all the developments on Tuesday and work could start as early as January, if approved.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “This is a really exciting time for Chorley because the proposals would see some of the biggest changes in a generation and set up our town centre to thrive over the coming years.

“It has taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage but we are delivering what residents and visitors have told us they want to see so we can attract even more visitors into Chorley.

“The work will ensure we have a different offer to complement the many independent traders and markets, which make our town what it is, and by increasing footfall everyone in the town centre should benefit.”

The extension would see seven new units created with the council committed to having more than 75 per cent of the floor space filled before work could begin.

The £17 million investment will include £12.6 million for the Market Walk extension and associated works and a further £4 million being put towards improving the public realm, including the creation of a new civic square opposite the Town Hall.

“We know parking has been one of the main concerns flagged up by residents and businesses so that will be the first thing we sort out if the scheme goes ahead,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Not only will we be creating new parking spaces but we are going to look at creating more free parking to encourage people to visit.

“We will also have to consider the relocation of the Flat Iron Market while the work takes place and we will be consulting fully with traders over the coming weeks.

“The additional income that could be generated from the Market Walk extension will play an important part in helping the council to balance its books as we have to become self-sufficient by 2020.”

Chorley Council bought the Market Walk shopping centre in 2013 and planning permission was granted for the extension last year.

A number of modifications have been made to the original plans, which will now see the development earn more income than initially projected.

If approved the extension could be open by summer/autumn 2018.


A PAINTING described as ‘evoking the essence of summer’ has scooped two top prizes in a prestigious art competition.

Anne Couchman, a member of Chorley art group Paintbox, has won both the Judges’ Award and the Visitors’ Choice Award at the Astley Biennial Open Art Exhibition held at Astley Hall.

Her painting, ‘Summer Meadow’, received the most votes from people who visited the exhibition held in the Hall’s art gallery over the summer, and also impressed the judging panel which included the Mayor of Chorley Councillor Doreen Dickinson, Curator of Astley Hall Amanda Draper and Rebecca Findlay, the previous Biennial winner.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees Astley Hall for Chorley Council, said: “Anne is a very worthy winner of this competition. Her work won over both the judging panel and the record number of visitors who voted for their favourite. We had over 1600 votes all told and Anne’s ‘Summer Meadow’ was the winner. Now she will be invited to hold an exhibition of all her own work at the Astley Farmhouse Gallery in 2017.

“I’d like to thank all those who submitted work for the Biennial Exhibition, the standard of entries this year was very high making it a tough decision for the judges to make.”

Anne, who lives in Haigh, said that she had been painting on and off for years but since retiring 10 years ago, it was now her principal past time.

She said: “I am delighted to have won, I still can’t quite believe it. This one was done in pastel and although only seven per cent of professional and amateur painters use pastel, I love them because of the colour and vibrancy, you can do so much with them – and of course, scrape it off if it goes wrong!

“I also do water colour painting and I’m a member of Chorley Paintbox which is the nicest art club I have ever belonged to.

“I’m now looking forward to producing some work for my exhibition which will be in March next year.”

Anne had two of her works on display in the Astley Biennial Exhibition but it was ‘Summer Meadow’ which captured people’s imaginations with them commenting:

‘Dreamy and ethereal, love it’

‘Lovely painting, conjures up a childhood, lying down and blowing dandelion clocks’

‘The morning light on the meadow is beautiful’

‘Reminds me of warm days’

And the judges commented:

‘A very relaxing, soothing picture. Beautiful colours’

‘Stands out technically. Composition, colour and subtlety of palette and subject matter are spot on and create a lovely warmth and quiet presence’

‘A beautiful composition evoking the essence of summer’


CHORLEY people are being urged to have their say on where future gypsy and traveller sites should be allocated across Central Lancashire.

Chorley is one of the three central Lancashire councils working on a joint local plan to identify and allocate sites across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble, to meet the need for permanent and transit gypsy and traveller pitches, and potentially travelling showpeople sites over the next 10 years.

Cowling Farm has already been earmarked to meet Chorley’s permanent traveller need in Chorley Council’s own local plan.

As part of Central Lancashire Gypsy and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Local Plan, the three councils are currently consulting on the first stage of the plan preparation, called an Issues and Options document, which not only includes a number of questions the councils are seeking comments on and key issues that need to be addressed, but also includes a ‘call for sites’ encouraging landowners to put forward potential sites for consideration. There will be further opportunities to comment as the plan progresses.

The closing date for the consultation on this first stage of the joint local plan is Friday 1 July. For more information and to have your say, please visit chorley.gov.uk/consultations.

LOCAL artists have the chance to get involved in Chorley’s biggest art competition - and have their work displayed in the iconic Astley Hall.

Chorley Council is running the popular Astley Biennial Open Art Exhibition again this year and is appealing for artists of all genres to enter their work.

Entry is free and the competition winners will be invited to display more of their work for an exhibition during 2017.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees exhibitions at Chorley Council’s Astley Hall, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our local artists to get their work displayed in such a prestigious art gallery.

“Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photographs and hung textile art are all accepted so we’re encouraging a wide range of artists to put their work forward.

“Each artist can submit a maximum of two pieces and a selection of the work submitted will be on display at an exhibition in Astley Hall Art Gallery which opens to the public on Saturday 11 June. The winners of the competition will have the chance to then have an exhibition of their own work at Astley Hall next year.”

There are two prizes available - the Judges’ Award and the Visitors’ Choice Award as visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for their favourite piece.

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over and who lives or works in Chorley borough, or is a member of a Chorley art society.

All artwork must be delivered in person to the Art Gallery, Astley Hall on either Saturday or Sunday 4 or 5 June between 1pm and 4pm.

Councillor Murray added: “We know there are lots of talented artists in the area and this is our way of giving them a platform to showcase their work.”

For more details of the competition, and terms and conditions, please visit the website chorley.gov.uk/astleyhall

Pack up your picnics and head to Chorley’s Astley Park on Sunday 26 June for an afternoon of free fun and entertainment as Mr Bloom from CBeebies heads to the town’s annual Picnic in the Park event.

Chorley Council has teamed up with Rock FM to bring a fantastic family stage show to Astley Park with performances from Mr Bloom, children’s entertainers, top local bands, singers, and a surprise guest from a popular television reality contest as well as face painters and balloon modellers.

The fun starts at 12 noon and will also feature interactive activities for children including circus workshops, sports, games, orienteering challenges, arts and crafts, meet the animals of Pets Corner and not forgetting the opportunity to explore Astley Hall and the exhibitions in Astley Farmhouse.

Councillor Peter Wilson who is responsible for events at Chorley Council, said: “We’re really excited to bring Mr Bloom from CBeebies and the other exciting acts and entertainers to Astley Park and we’d like as many families as possible to come and join us.

“Picnic in the Park is a fantastic event and we’ve planned lots of activities throughout the afternoon, including two performances from Mr Bloom, a surprise guest from one of television’s reality talent contests and some great up and coming bands.  There will also be lots of other great activities for everyone to have a go at, including some brilliant circus workshops.

“Come rain or shine, there will be lots going on between 12 noon and 5pm to keep the little ones entertained, so pack up your picnic goodies and come and sing and dance along to Rock FM’s family stage show.”

Anyone driving to Picnic in the Park is being encouraged to be considerate of the residents of Astley Village and either park at Woodlands car park on Southport Road and use the Ackhurst Lodge entrance to Astley Park or park at one of the town centre car parks, which are free on Sundays and are only a short walk from the Park Road or Queens Road entrances to Astley Park. Hallgate car park will be open for blue badge holders only.

Picnic in the Park is just one of the many events organised by Chorley Council to give local people and visitors a great day out in Chorley.  For more inspiration and ideas for a great day out, check out Chorley’s new online visitor information centre, checkoutchorley.com


Find details of temporary closure June 2016 here, and here.



Chorley Heritage Centre is holding an Open Day on Saturday 9th July 2016 for all who have contributed in any way to the current exhibition, “Buckshaw Then and Now”.

Volunteers will be on duty at the Heritage Centre, in the upper gallery of Astley Hall Farmhouse, throughout the day from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

They hope you will be able to join us at some point on July 9th so that we can thank you for your involvement.

Chorley Heritage Centre’s normal opening times are from 12 noon – 3.30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Alongside historical information, the exhibition will feature art work done by Buckshaw Trinity Primary School and Runshaw College students, and it continues till the end of September 2016.


There are elections being held in Chorley this week and as we want to ensure you take the opportunity to have your say on who you want to represent you, we thought we'd send you some information.

In Chorley we have two sets of elections taking place on 5 May 2016 when polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

These are:

  • Chorley Borough Council elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire election

Chorley Borough Council elections
At Chorley, elections are done in thirds which means this year there are elections in 15 of the 20 borough wards.

The wards NOT holding borough elections are:
Astley and Buckshaw
Clayton-le-Woods West and Cuerden
Euxton South

Police and Crime Commissioner election
There will be elections held in all 20 wards across the borough for you to choose which candidate you want to elect as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire. You can have a first and second choice vote on the ballot paper for this election.

If you registered for a postal vote, we must receive your completed pack by 10pm on Thursday 5 May. If you miss the post you can either drop it off at yourlocal polling station, or bring it to Chorley Town Hall.

For more information, please click here or on the large image below.

Doorstep Incidents

Doorstep callers selling pots, pans and knives have been reported in the Preston area. Some of the products claim to be branded goods but are suspected to be counterfeit.  No cancellation rights are required to be given for goods bought on the doorstep under the value of £42.

Accrington, Preston and Lytham have reported cold callers offering free boiler schemes.  In all cases the salesmen have required personal details, including your financial situation. 

If you think you may qualify for a free boiler, initially make contact with your local District council, they may know of reputable schemes in your area.

Be cautious who you give personal details to, including your bank details and methods of identification.

Pyramid Selling

Trading Standards are receiving reports regarding a possible pyramid selling scheme.  Such schemes usually start with someone trying to recruit you to a business opportunity.

A pyramid scheme is an unsustainable business model that requires participants to join in and invest.  Sometimes there is a product to sell (typically cosmetics, health style foods) but the classic pyramid just requires an investment from each individual. They are sometimes called gifting schemes or multilevel marketing schemes.

Friends or friends of friends may approach you to join as the more people who join the more money can be made.  Only those at the very top will profit.  You will lose your investment and if you in turn enrol family and friends they can lose out too.

Telephone Scams

Residents have been receiving telephone calls claiming to be ringing from their local Council, working in collaboration with the NHS asking about a recent accident.  No such collaboration has been set up with your local Council – be suspicious if you receive such a call.

Residents of Lancashire have also been receiving a call stating you may be awarded a Good Citizen Grant to the value of £3000 to £5000.  The telephone number seemed to be London based.  This is a scam and will be an attempt to get bank details from you or an attempt to obtain an advanced fee. 

For regular updates on the latest scams and doorstep incidents why not visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StanleyDards/

Contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06

Battle lines can now be drawn by the political parties seeking control of Chorley - and for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire

Nominations have now closed for those planning to stand in the forthcoming elections on 5 May.

Chorley Council has 15 seats up for grabs for the 47-member strong council and all 15 are being contested by political rivals.

In the Police and Crime Commissioner election, all areas across the borough will go to the polls to select which candidate will serve as the next PCC for Lancashire.

Jamie Carson, Director at Chorley Council, said: “We elect a third of our councillors each year, so there are always some wards where there are no local elections. However, all wards will be voting in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.”

Polling stations across the borough will be open from 7am to 10pm on 5 May giving people plenty of time to cast their vote.

A full list of the candidates standing in each of the 15 Chorley Council wards, and the candidates standing in the Police and Crime Commissioner election, can be found on the council’s website chorley.gov.uk/elections.

Mr Carson added: “Everyone who has registered to vote should have received a poll card by now - if you haven’t, please contact us so we can check you are on the electoral roll. There is still time to register although the deadline is fast approaching. You can speed things up by applying to register online at www.gov.uk/registertovote, however the completed forms must be received at Chorley Town Hall by 5pm on Monday 18 April or you will not be able to vote.”

Areas with local elections and PCC election:

Adlington and Anderton

Brindle and Hoghton

Chorley East

Chorley North East

Chorley North West

Chorley South East

Chorley South West

Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods

Clayton-le-Woods North


Heath Charnock and Rivington

Eccleston and Mawdesley

Euxton North


Wheelton and Withnell


There were also elections scheduled in the 7 parishes of Anderton, Brindle, Heath Charnock, Hoghton, Rivington, Withnell North and Withnell South, however none are contested.

Disabled residents and visitors can now check out access to shops and venues across Chorley thanks to a new online service which is being launched this week.

DisabledGo, a national disability organisation, and Chorley Council have worked together to create a new accessibility checker for people with disabilities, dementia and their carers, friends and family so they can find out about the accessibility of places they would like to visit.

The free online access guide to over 200 places across the borough, which is launched on Friday 8 April, also provides information about parking, walking distances and toilet facilities.

Speaking about the upcoming launch DisabledGo’s Executive Director, Anna Borthwick, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have worked with the Council and local disabled people to produce the access guide to Chorley. The Council is leading the way in Lancashire and we really hope others will follow their innovative approach to promoting the area to all.”

Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall said: “This guide will be really useful to people with disabilities and dementia and their carers, family and friends so they can check out a place and know exactly what facilities and access it has - whether there’s a parking bay nearby, if a hearing loop is available, if staff are dementia-trained and so on. It should give people the confidence they need to get out and about in Chorley.”

Disabled Go is a social enterprise working across the UK to tackle social isolation and inequality by providing better information. It was founded by wheelchair user Dr Gregory Burke in response to his frustration about the lack of information for people with disabilities trying to access new places.

DisabledGo’s website www.disabledgo.com aims to answer everyone’s questions about the accessibility of places they would like to visit. It has been developed by the disabled people who use it, reflecting the needs of people with a wide range of impairments.

All sorts of places are included, restaurants, shops, leisure centres, parks, theatres, libraries, museums, supermarkets, hotels – this list goes on! Crucially, each place featured on www.disabledgo.com has been personally visited and assessed by one of DisabledGo’s surveys to ensure accurate, detailed information is collected.

By using the guide people can find out whether accessible parking bays are available, how you would need to walk to get to an entrance, if a hearing loop is available at reception, what side the transfer space is in an accessible toilet, whether there are tactile lift buttons, if staff have received dementia training, if somewhere plays background music, if flashing fire alarms are available and if there are places to sit and rest.

All the information about Chorley www.disabledgo.com/organisations/chorley-council/main will sit alongside information on over 125,000 different places spread all across the UK, making it a great tool for planning a trip too.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project why not come along to the launch, at The Lancastrian, Chorley Town Hall, on Friday 8 April from 2pm – 3pm (arrival from 1.30pm).

If you would like to attend, simply contact DisabledGo to book a place. Please contact Philip Holt, Partnerships Manager (Local Authorities) at DisabledGo by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone him on 01438 842 710.


The man behind the legendary Reggae Reggae Sauce inspired Chorley’s business leaders as he spoke about his phenomenal success.

Levi Roots was the keynote speaker at the sell-out annual Choose Chorley Business Evening organised by Chorley Council this week.

The Rastafarian musician turned entrepreneur and now restaurateur inspired a full house of local business leaders at the event held at Chorley Town Hall.

He charted his rise from musician to sauce entrepreneur, his appearance on the TV show Dragons’ Den, to realising his ultimate dream of opening his own Caribbean restaurant.

The Choose Chorley business event is the biggest networking evening of the year and offers an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to network, get to know each other and find out how the council can help them.

Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall said: “This event gets bigger and better each year as our business leaders recognise the value of getting together to learn about what’s happening in the borough and to network with each other.

“We as a council have prioritised business, supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the borough, as our key aim because we believe the best way to build a strong economy is by getting people into work. I’m pleased to say that this is paying off as figures released earlier this year show the borough has the highest employment rate in the region.

“We offer a wide range of business support so I’d urge anyone thinking of expanding their existing business, relocating their business or thinking of setting up a business to get in touch and see how we can help. This last year we’ve seen the creation of almost 300 jobs and more than £1.25m of private investment which has got to be good news for our economy.”

The Choose Chorley business event was sponsored by FI Real Estate Management and Managing Director Tim Knowles said: “We were delighted to sponsor this enjoyable and worthwhile opportunity for businesses of all sizes in the Chorley area to network.  As a major employer in the area, we want to play our part in the growth of Chorley’s local economy for the future and to work with the Council to achieve this.”

The evening was hosted by Dave Guest, chief reporter at BBC North West Tonight and featured a Question Time-style session with Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle; Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council; Andrew Bradley from FI Real Estate Management; Mark Downing from Scorpion Automotive; and Paula Campbell from Truly Therapeutic.

Dawson Lane will be closed temporarily from 11th till 22nd April to enable essential drainage works to take place.  You willbe able to find more details here:


Work has started this week on an exciting new visitor attraction for Chorley’s Astley Park.

A Victorian-style greenhouse is being built in the Walled Garden behind the historic hall to create a more authentic visitor experience of the Walled Garden.

The £100,000 project, which will be unveiled to the public at the Chorley Flower Show on Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 July, will also provide an educational resource for schools to use, and will give the opportunity for more produce to be grown over a longer season.

Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall said: “This glasshouse was one of the projects that came out of the public consultation we did on Astley 2020, our five-year development plan to attract more visitors to the Astley complex.

“The Walled Garden is looked after and maintained by the Astley Walled Gardeners, a dedicated group of volunteers and this glasshouse was one of their aspirations.

“It means they’ll be able to grow a much wider range of produce, over a much longer season, and grow the types of produce that were grown during the Hall’s heyday.

“Just as importantly it can be used by schools as an educational resource and it will add to the already fantastic visitor experience that Astley offers.”

The project, due to be completed by the end of June to allow four weeks for fitting out prior to its official opening, also includes paths to ensure access for all linking in with the existing path network. Internal furniture and fittings will include the installation of blinds, staging heating and internal water storage harvested from the roof.  A £14,000 grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund will provide internal landscaping, heating, staging and some exotic specimen plants to provide an immediate impact.

The new attraction will be open to the public daily and will be promoted as an educational resource for use by local schools and community groups.

Barry Sharples from Astley Walled Gardeners said: “This is a very exciting project that we’re looking forward to getting involved in. We don’t currently have any covered space in the Walled Garden so this will complement what we do by providing much needed indoor space which will not only extend the growing season, but also mean we can grow a wider range and diversity of plants.”

Mr Hall added: “It does mean that whilst the work is ongoing, there will be limited access to the Walled Garden, but once it’s complete we will have a fantastic new facility for people to enjoy all year round and for many years to come!”


From Chorley Council press release

TWO vital bus routes which were to be axed from April have been saved thanks to Chorley Council.

The borough council stepped in after being inundated with calls from concerned residents and has now agreed a funding deal with Lancashire County Council to help keep the services running with a further pledge to step in, if required, to help other communities which may be isolated by government cuts.

The 24A operating between Chorley and Blackburn via Wheelton, Brinscall and Abbey Village, and the 109A which operates between Chorley and Chorley Hospital via Astley Village were two of the services being cut by Lancashire County Council as it seeks to save over £64 million from its budget this next year.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “These are two vital bus routes for people to access employment and education and also for people to get to and from hospital appointments.

“Because of the great concern voiced by our residents we contacted LCC to see if there was a way for these bus services to continue.

“With the support of our MP Lindsay Hoyle and our four Labour county councillors Bev Murray, Steve Holgate, Terry Brown and Kim Snape, we’ve managed to secure a deal with LCC to find a way forward to ensure they are not lost.”

The deal means that Chorley Council will fund 70 per cent of the cost of operating the two routes, with the county council funding 30 per cent initially for six months.

The borough council, which has frozen its share of the council tax again this year, has set aside money in its budget to help reduce the impact of the LCC cuts on Chorley residents.

It is believed that Chorley is the only district council which has been in negotiations with the county with a view to mitigating, where it can, cuts in LCC services.

Councillor Bradley said: “We’ve set aside £1million from our budget purely to help towards the costs of maintaining vital services which would otherwise be cut by LCC.”

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle said: “I was keen to bring everyone together to find a resolution to this problem and I brought the bus operators and the local authority together to meet.

“I am very pleased that Chorley Council stepped in with an offer of help to retain these two bus services and that our negotiations with the county has resulted in them being saved.”


FOLLOWING on from the popularity of the Chorley Grand Prix, local families are being urged to get on their bike this year and join in one of the many free community bike rides organised by Chorley Council and British Cycling.

Whether you have a family of novice cyclists or expert riders, the Sky Ride Local programme has free scenic bike rides across the Chorley borough for all ages and abilities with the first one taking place in and around Astley Park on the day of the Chorley Grand Prix on Saturday 26 March.

This will be the first of 12 rides planned in and around the Chorley borough this year and anyone interested in taking part should visit goskyride.com/chorley

British Cycling is also on the hunt for new Breeze champions in Chorley who can help inspire more women in the area to get on their bikes and enjoy the fun, fresh air and freedom offered by cycling.

Led by women for women, Breeze rides are becoming increasingly popular and so much so, British Cycling is holding a free one day Breeze champion training course at Parklands High School on Southport Road, Chorley, on Saturday 9 April for any local women who would like to lead their own Breeze cycle rides.

Councillor Bev Murray, who is responsible for community development and health and wellbeing at Chorley Council, said: “The appetite for cycling in Chorley is growing every year and we are delighted to be working with British Cycling again to be able to offer our residents all of these fantastic opportunities to get out and about on their bikes.

“No matter what your ability or age is, there is a bike ride for everyone in this year’s programme and I would definitely recommend you visit goskyride.com/chorley to find out more about the different routes.

“The Breeze rides, which are women only rides, are also great fun and a great way of getting together with other local women to enjoy the fantastic scenery our borough offers. 

“These are volunteer-led rides and we are looking for more women to lead them.  If you would be interested in becoming a Breeze champion, the offer of a free one day training course at Parklands High School is a great opportunity.”

If you would like to register for the free course to become a Breeze champion or you would like more information about Breeze rides, please visit breezebikerides.com

For more information on the Chorley Grand Prix, which will see over 100 of the country’s top cyclists compete in a five lap 116 mile race around the Chorley borough, visit chorley.gov.uk

Town centre revamp a step nearer

 An enterprising deal could pave the way for Chorley Council’s ambitions for a major revamp of the town centre.

This deal would see the council ‘swapping’ a piece of land it owns on Southport Road which is designated for housing, for the Oak House site opposite the Town Hall, currently owned by Northern Trust.

The aim would be to build on other town centre development proposals and create additional parking, events space and public open space as set out in the council’s Town Centre Master Plan.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It is early days yet but our Executive Cabinet last night approved the sale of the land at Southport Road for development which would pave the way for us to realise our wider plans for the town centre.

“We have been in talks with Northern Trust and we believe this is an opportunity which we can’t afford to miss - it may never come up again.

“If it goes ahead, it would give us the chance to look at improving the town centre as a whole rather than piecemeal; we would work closely with the current tenants in the building to secure their future business within Chorley borough; and we would also be receiving income from the land we’d acquire.”

The land swap would also include Chorley Football Club’s Victory Park ground being transferred to council ownership from Northern Trust.

The council-owned land on Southport Road is between Parklands High School playing fields and the entrance to Astley Park at Ackhurst Lodge. The land is already allocated for housing and as part of the sale conditions, the developer would also have to create a 100-space car park to provide vital event parking for Astley Park.

A spokesman for Northern Trust added: “We have been working closely with Chorley Council on its regeneration plans for the town centre and particularly the site at Oak House.

“The plans are exciting and will undoubtedly improve the facilities of the surrounding area and bring further investment streams into the borough.

“The land swap is ideally suited to our core portfolio strategy and we are looking forward to bring forward plans for the site on Southport Road.”

Speaking about the proposed plans for the Football Club, Chairman Ken Wright said “Obviously discussions are at a very early stage with a lot still to be decided, but in principal this move represents a significant and positive way forwards for Chorley Football Club both on and off the field.”



Mayor dons her wellies in support of Cuerden Valley Park!

On Wednesday morning, the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Marion Lowe, laid the first straw bale in the wall of the new Cuerden Valley Park Visitor Centre. Undaunted by the muddy conditions, she put on her wellies and got stuck in under the watchful eye of Park staff and volunteers. The bale is the first of 300 to be laid which will form the outer walls of the new building which was made possible in part by a contribution of £65,000 from Chorley Borough Council, as well as by significant funding from the Landfill Communities Fund and members of the public. The straw bales are just one of the many environmentally friendly features of the building, which hopes to be the first in the country to be accredited under the internationally recognised Living Building Challenge.


Progress on the eco-friendly building has slowed due to the poor weather over the winter months and the expectation is that the building will now be ready for use sometime in September. Park Manager Jim Longbottom said ‘Whilst we are a little behind where we would like to be at present, we have an increasing number of volunteers helping us now and the building is starting to take shape. We would like to thank everybody who has contributed so far.’ If you would like to get involved, please contact the Park Office on 01772 324436.


The building will also house a new café and the Trustees of the Park would like your help naming it ! Members of the public are being asked to provide suggestions and the best of these will receive vouchers for use in the café when it opens. Ideas can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




5 pictures are attached which include – Mayor Marion Lowe, John Stainton (Chairman of Cuerden Valley Park Trust) Barbara Jones from building designers Straw Works and the volunteers on site.





Cuerden Valley Park Trust is a Registered Charity and relies on income from investments, donations, grants and events to keep the Park maintained for the benefit of the public.  The Trust receives no money from local or regional government for the upkeep of the park.


The Park was set up by the Commission for New Towns in 1980, being transferred to Cuerden Valley Park Trust in 1992.


The Park covers over 650 acres of parkland, woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds.


The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs).  EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 4.2%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.   


Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3bn billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.




Living Building Challenge

Details at http://living-future.org/lbc

Chorley Borough Council




Election of Councillors  


For the under mentioned


To be held on


Thursday, 5th May 2016




1.      Elections are to be held for Councillors for the under mentioned and the number to be elected is:



BRINDLE & HOGHTON                1

CHORLEY EAST                           1

CHORLEY NORTH EAST               1

CHORLEY NORTH WEST              1

CHORLEY SOUTH EAST               1

CHORLEY SOUTH WEST              1


CLAYTON-LE-WOODS &  WHITTLE-LE-WOODS                                  1

COPPULL                                     1


EUXTON NORTH                           1



LOSTOCK                                    1

WHEELTON & WITHNELL              1



2.      Nomination papers may be obtained, during normal office hours, from the Returning Officer, at the address shown below.


3.      Completed nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at the offices of Chorley Borough Council, at the address shown below, on any day after the date of this notice, during normal office hours but Not later than 4.00pm on - Thursday, 7th April 2016.


4.    If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 5th May 2016 between the hours of 07:00am and 10:00pm.


5.    Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Monday 18th April 2016

6.    Electors and their proxies should take note that new applications to vote by post or to make changes to existing postal or proxy arrangements, eg cancellation or re-direction etc. must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address shown below by 5pm on Tuesday, 19th April 2016 if they are to be effective for this election. 


7.   New applications to vote by proxy must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday, 26th April 2016.


8.   If after 5pm on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 you are unable to vote in person because you have a medical emergency, or learn you cannot go to the polling station because of work reasons you can apply to vote by proxy .Completed application forms must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address shown below by no later than 5pm on Thursday, 5th May 2016

AUTHORS and storytellers, poets and songwriters are being sought to take part in a popular word festival in Chorley town centre.

What’s Your Story, Chorley? is set to make a welcome return to the town in April and although many contributors have already come forward, more will be made very welcome.

Organisers of the family event, The Creative Network and Chorley Council hope to build on the success of previous years’ events to make this year the best yet with even more venues taking part.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council said: “The popularity of this event just grows each year, as a result we’ve had lots of contributors come forward already. But now we’ve even more venues taking part, we need even more to get involved!

“It is a great family fun event in a format similar to our hugely popular Chorley Live event with different contributors performing on the hour every hour at different venues across the town centre.

“This kind of thing attracts people into the town centre and entertains shoppers and visitors alike, and it also gives local wordsmiths the chance to showcase their work.”

What’s Your Story, Chorley? will be held on Saturday 23 April from 11am to 4pm and venues which have already confirmed include:

·         four separate locations within Chorley Library,

·         Ebb and Flo bookshop, Gillibrand Street,

·         Goodies Coffee Shop, Cannon Street,

·         The Duk Pond, Cleveland Street

·         The Buttonhole, Chapel Street,

·         Nu:Uniforms, Market Street, 

·         Market Walk

The activities on the day will include writing workshops, storytelling, poetry readings, musical performances, meet the authors and lots more.

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network, said: “We’re really excited by the response we’ve had from venues across the town including some new ones this year. We’ve also had over 30 contributors keen to take part, but we do need more, so we’d love to hear from you if you’ve a story to tell or a poem to share.

“It will open up a whole new audience for you, so if you’d like to get involved, then please contact me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 07883 181 978, or email Chorley Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. oh phone 01257 515151.”


Soon Chorley will welcome the country’s top cyclists and the whole of the Chorley borough is being urged to get involved and cheer them on.

On Saturday 26 March, the Chorley borough will kick start the British Cycling Elite Road Race Series for 2016 with the Chorley Grand Prix, which is being organised by Chorley Council and British Cycling with sponsorship from Chorley Building Society.

The prestigious race will start and finish on Park Road in Chorley town centre before the cyclists take on a five lap 115 mile route through Chorley, Limbrick, Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.


Like last year, local people are being urged to again get creative and show their support for the cyclists in a number of ways including:

·         knitting features along the route,

·         baking bicycle-themed cakes for fellow spectators,

·         decorating and displaying old bicycles on their own property,

·         taking part in the numerous bicycle activities in the Chorley Council cycle village on Park Road,

·         taking part in the Sky Ride Locals which will be listed at goskyride.com/chorley from the beginning of March,

·         If you’re a business, decorating your shop window or creating a special Chorley Grand Prix offer or menu, and finally,

·         lining the route to cheer the cyclists on. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Last year’s Chorley Grand Prix was an amazing spectacle that put Chorley well and truly on the map as a destination for cycling.  We want to build on that by making this year’s event even bigger and attracting even more spectators to cheer on the cyclists as they make their way around our challenging course.

“Last year, it was great to see the decorated bicycles and bunting across the borough and the cycle village on Park Road had a brilliant family atmosphere.  We would like to recreate that again this year but hopefully get even more people decorating their homes, get more businesses offering special promotions and see even more displays like the giant cyclist made of hay bales in the fields.

“Whether you attended last year or not, I would definitely recommend you join us along the route to watch this brilliant race and the country’s top cyclists.  So far we’ve received entries from some of the best teams in the country including JLT Condor, NFTO and Team Wiggins, plus Preston’s Ian Bibby will be back to defend his title.

“It should be a brilliant day and we’re looking forward to working with lots of cycling clubs, groups and businesses across the borough to make the event a success.”

Chief Executive of Chorley & District Building Society, Stephen Penlington, added: “We are really proud to be playing a major role in the Chorley Grand Prix again and we hope the rest of the borough’s communities will get involved and show their support for this fantastic event.

“Over the next few weeks we’ll be going into schools with the council and encouraging pupils to create their own artwork in honour of the race plus we’ll be in the cycle village on the day with plenty of giveaways to create a noisy reception as the cyclists race up Park Road to the finish line.

“It will be another fantastic occasion for Chorley, showcasing our borough as a brilliant cycling destination and hopefully encouraging even more people to visit.”

As part of the 2016 Chorley Grand Prix, riders will also have the opportunity to win prizes in the Active Nation points competition and the Choose Chorley for Business King of the Mountains competition, plus the official race support vehicles will be provided by the Chorley Group.

Anyone attending the Chorley Grand Prix or travelling in the area on Saturday 26 March is being reminded that there will generally be rolling road closures in place as the cyclists go past. 

However, Park Road and Queens Road in Chorley town centre will be closed for the full day, Southport Road will be closed for the last lap only and one side of Sheep House Lane and Rivington Road will be closed to west-bound traffic for the day, meaning there will be parking restrictions and diversion routes in place around these areas. 

For more information on the Chorley Grand Prix and ways you can get involved, visit chorley.gov.uk, like Chorley Council on Facebook or follow @ChorleyCouncil

COUNCILLORS across Lancashire will decide whether to press ahead with plans for a Combined Authority after a public consultation gave overwhelming support to the proposal.

Each of the 14 councils taking part in the process will take a report to members in the coming weeks to seek approval to submit a bid to Central Government.

It comes after almost two thousand residents and businesses took part in a consultation with the vast majority saying yes to the plans.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chair of the Leaders’ Group on Combined Authority matters, said: “It’s really important people have taken time to give their views on the Combined Authority because it is a great opportunity for us to become a much bigger part of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation.

“The early indications are that the vast majority of the public support the idea and we will be looking at all the detailed comments to see if they can be incorporated into the proposals for Lancashire.

“The next step is for each council to re-consider the proposal and this time they will be deciding whether they want to submit a formal bid to the Government for Lancashire to create a Combined Authority.”

The councils will take reports to their individual meetings throughout March and April and if approved a bid could be submitted in May. It will then be considered by the Government before they make a decision, which could be as early as the summer.

It would see Lancashire join many other county and city areas, which have already had approval for similar bids, in a bid to drive economic prosperity and create new jobs for residents.

“It’s important we keep up momentum with the process so the consultation feedback will be turned into a report for councillors very quickly and it will give councillors more detailed proposals for them to consider,” said Councillor Bradley.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to show Lancashire means business and make sure the county is a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse.”

“We’ll keep people updated on progress over the coming weeks.”


PEOPLE across Chorley are saving hundreds of pounds a year on their household fuel bills thanks to a service being run by Chorley Council.

The council launched its energy switch advice service in June 2014 and since then 286 people have switched energy supplier saving a total of £69,871.

One person saved an amazing £603 a year just by switching supplier, and the average saving to customers who have switched is £244.50 a year.

Councillor Graham Dunn, who oversees people’s welfare for Chorley Council, said: “This free service we offer really is helping people make great savings on their annual energy costs as these figures are showing.

“Residents are realising more and more that there are savings to be had by switching energy supplier - according to the independent energy watchdog Ofgem the number of households who switched their energy supplier rose by 15 per cent in 2015.

“However, not everyone feels confident enough to go through what may seem to be quite a complicated process, which is why we launched our service.

“We have an independent advisor who will ‘hand hold’ people through the whole process, find the right tariff for their needs and will help them to switch supplier if they choose to do so.”

The scheme, partially funded by Lancashire County Council through its Affordable Warmth Grant,  also operates a call-back system to make sure the switch goes smoothly and so should there be any issues at all, they can be resolved quickly and easily. 

For those people who want to learn more about the internet and to find out how to switch, the council’s advisor can teach them which sites to use with confidence and help them get the best deals using their own laptop or tablet.

Appointments are available at the council’s Union Street offices on a Monday and Tuesday.

Councillor Dunn added: “I would urge people to give us a call on 01257 515151 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and book an appointment - it costs you nothing but an hour of your time and it could save you a fortune on your energy bills!”


HUNDREDS of people came to find out what Chorley has to offer as the borough was showcased to a global audience as part of the first ‘Northern Powerhouse’ event in the region.

High profile business people took time to see why they should ‘Choose Chorley for Business’ with Chorley Council Lancashire’s only representative to take a stand at the prestigious event.

The forward-thinking authority has already had enquiries from building and land development about potential new sites for the borough and 14 direct enquiries from businesses considering re-locating to or expanding in Chorley on the back of the event last week.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Driving economic growth and creating more jobs in Chorley is one of our priorities as we have to become self-sufficient by 2020.

“Growing our business base is one way we can do that and what better place to grasp the nettle now and showcase what we have to offer than at the inaugural Northern Powerhouse event.

“Chorley is at the very centre of the North West and as a gateway to all the major cities in the region we can establish ourselves as the jewel in the Northern Powerhouse.”

Speakers at the event included Lord O’Neil (Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury), TV and radio presenter John Humphreys and chief executives from the leading UK private businesses including airlines, airports, development, banks and landowning companies.

It comes on the back of Chorley Council hosting a ‘Chorley in Manchester’ event to showcase what the borough has to offer to intermediaries and it was recently named as the place with the highest employment rate in the North West.

“If you are going to attract new investment you’ve got to be proactive and tell people what we have to offer,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We all know what a great place it is but many people don’t and that’s why we have been going out of our way to make sure as many people as possible understand what opportunities there are here.

“Everyone I spoke to was really impressed with what we were doing and surprised, to some extent, that we were the only local authority from Lancashire to exhibit at the event but that shows the ambition we have here.

“We managed to have a bit of fun by handing out Chorley Cakes but our presence gained us television coverage, and this continual pushing to tell people why they should Choose Chorley for Business is being heard loud and clear across the North West and beyond.”

Winter may still be in the air but we’re already looking forward to spring and with so many events coming up across Chorley, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a thing!

Check out the spring edition of the What’s Happening in Chorley magazine for details on what is coming up between March and the end of June.  No matter what your age or interest, there’s something for everyone and there’s even details on more events coming up later this year.  Download and save your copy today or pick up a free What’s Happening in Chorley magazine from Chorley Council’s offices or various shops, leisure centres, libraries and other public buildings.

Plus, don’t miss out on the first major event of the year, the
Chorley Grand Prix on Easter Saturday 26 March. Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling and Chorley Building Society to give families and cycle fans a real treat as over 100 of the country’s top cyclists race around our challenging course in the hope of being crowned the 2016 winner.  For more information, visit chorley.gov.uk.


RESIDENTS in Chorley will benefit from an extra £3 million investment in their local communities without having to pay a penny more in council tax.

The news comes after Chorley Council’s budget was agreed on Tuesday night as the authority looks to build on its success of recent years and transform the authority as it becomes more self-sufficient.

Council tax will be frozen for the fourth year running while the investment in priorities identified by local people totals almost £12 million over the last few years.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s a unique story in Chorley where, despite facing a greater challenge than ever before, we are able to freeze council tax again while investing millions of pounds in services right across the borough.

“There is a real feel good factor about what this council is doing and that is reflected in the comments we received from residents when we asked them for their views about the budget.

“There is a real appreciation that, despite the pressures we find ourselves under, we are able to adapt and continue to deliver excellent services and make Chorley a place that people can be really proud of.”

The proposals include the commitment to attracting new investment to the area but also include:

·         Continuing the council’s funding for PCSOs in the borough

·         Attracting new businesses to the area and helping existing ones to expand, creating new jobs for residents

·         Delivering projects that local communities would like to see in their neighbourhood

·         Helping people to get online and understand how to make the most of the internet

·         Further improvements to Chorley town centre

·         Free swimming for children during the school holidays

·         Putting Chorley on the map as a visitor destination

With the future funding of local government uncertain, the council is also proposing to increase its financial resilience by setting money aside to invest in projects that will provide income to the authority.

It is also proposing to put £1m towards mitigating the potential impacts of the proposed cuts to Lancashire County Council-funded services.

“The budget is not just a story of providing residents with services they want we also face the enormous challenge of making ourselves self-sufficient by 2020,” said Councillor Wilson.

“What this budget does is set a plan in place for the future whereby we can generate our own income and build on successful schemes such as the purchase of Market Walk and the development of our ‘Choose Chorley for Business’ campaign, which has resulted in Chorley having the highest employment rate in the North West.

“We are managing to carry on delivering excellent services in all parts of the borough and it is down to the work of everyone at the council that we are bucking the trend and able to deliver such a positive budget for the residents of Chorley.”

HORTICULTURAL traders from across the country are being invited to apply for a place at Lancashire’s only true flower show in the heart of the North West.

Chorley Flower Show is back for its second year after a fantastic inaugural event that saw 10,000 visitors enjoy a floral extravaganza, which was nominated as a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards.

The event, which is being run by Chorley Council in the beautiful setting of Astley Park, will attract thousands of green-fingered enthusiasts over the weekend 30 and 31 July.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We had great success last year with our new flower show exceeding many people’s expectations, including those of the traders.

“We had some of the exhibitors reporting more trade at our show than at the well-established Southport Flower Show, so it shows we have already built up a track record in the first year of attracting people who want to buy products.

“We are now at the stage of taking applications for the trade stands, which will be located on the lawns in front of the iconic Astley Hall, and people have until the end of February to apply.”

The show will be based in the shadow of the historic Astley Hall, which is set in the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park, just minutes from the M6, M61 and M65 motorways.

More than 250,000 people attended events and attractions in the park last year and the aim is to attract even more with an even bigger calendar of top quality events.

The focal point for the show will be the Hall itself, as well as the Grand Floral Marquee, with the country’s top exhibitors displaying their talents.

“We have already received applications from traders the length and breadth of the country and it’d be great for businesses local to Chorley and Lancashire to have the chance of benefitting from the publicity and sales a show like this can help with,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We had lots of brilliant feedback from our first show last year and we have taken all this on board to make it bigger and better and we hope to attract more than 15,000 people this year.

“All the application details are on our website chorley.gov.uk and the deadline for applications will be Monday 29 February.”

If you are interested in taking part you can get more information and an application form at chorley.gov.uk or by contacting Chorley Council on 01257 515151.


Get Up and Go February Half Term Activities

If you would like to keep your children occupied during the school holidays, Chorley Council has organised a wide range of sports, play and arts activities as part of our fantastic Get Up and Go programme. 

For four to seven year olds, there's everything from mini football, FUNdamental movement and games, to Trigolf, dance and even arts and crafts.  Or if you have children aged eight to 13, they can enjoy our two day multisports camps, which will give them the opportunity to learn new skills or improve existing ones in a range of different sports.

For those who like to enjoy a selection of fun activities, check out our play around just for fun sessions taking place in different community venues around the borough during the half term week.

For more information on what is available and when, please click here to take a look at the February half term activity timetable.

LATEST figures reveal Chorley has the highest employment rate in the North West.

The news comes amid the announcement that Chorley Council is looking to put more investment into encouraging new businesses to the borough, bringing further high quality jobs for residents.

The figures for the year up to September 2015 show an employment rate of 84.2 per cent, up from 79.5 per cent the previous year – the best in the entire region.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “One of our main aims is to get people into work because we believe residents in employment lead more fulfilling lives and play a more active part in their community.

“We have focussed our efforts on bringing new employers into town as well as encouraging those that are already here to expand and take on more staff.

“We’ve been able to do this by providing advice and support, a range of different grants and we work with employers to make sure as many of the jobs as possible in Chorley got to residents of the borough.”

The latest statistics put Chorley at the top of the pile ahead of the North West average of 70.6 per cent and the national average of 73.4 per cent.

The wide ranging business support, as part of the Choose Chorley for Business campaign, has directly led to the creation of almost 300 jobs in the last year and more than £1.25M of private investment.

The new jobs are being created across the sector from new start-ups right through to multi-national companies choosing to relocate and expand in the borough.

“The figures show that what we are doing as a council, in partnership with other organisations such as Job Centre Plus is having an impact,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We’re not only working with businesses to create new jobs, we are working with residents to help them get them back into employment whether that’s through building self-esteem and giving them skills such as interview techniques.

“We’ve got even more investment in job creation and skills planned for the next year as we want to keep the momentum up and get even more people earning money to give them a better quality of life.”

If you would like support in getting back into work, or finding a job for the first time, contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151 or visit chorley.gov.uk to see what support is available.


CHORLEY Council is hoping to buy the town’s former bus depot as it develops its plans to improve the town centre.

Councillors gave the green light to the purchase of the former Stagecoach depot on Eaves Lane, which has been vacant since the company relocated its Chorley operation, at a meeting on Thursday.

The council hopes to use the former bus depot as its own depot which would then in turn ‘free up’ its current Bengal Street depot - a key location in the council’s town centre masterplan.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The former bus depot ticks all the boxes for us. We could move into it almost straight away and use it as our depot; it’s next to Tatton Community Centre which we already own and so improves our assets in that area; but more importantly for us it gives us the chance to free up a prime location in the town centre.

“This would then give us so many options as we seek to develop and improve the town centre with the Market Walk extension.

“We’ve been looking at our Bengal Street site for a number of years now, at how we can make the most of its location. We’ve looked at alternative places to move our depot to, but none of the alternatives have really been suitable.

“Moving our depot to the former Stagecoach depot I think would be ideal, but if for whatever reason it isn’t, then there would still be the potential for development which would improve the area.”

The Eaves Lane depot has been historically used for bus storage, repairing and cleaning for most of this century. It has very large high sliding doors suitable for large vehicles to be stored and repaired, there are repairing trenches built in and offices, toilets, a canteen and kitchen facilities, plus there’s room for parking within the 0.6 acre site.

Councillor Wilson said that moving out of Bengal Street would help the council with its future town centre strategy requirements.

“We’ve been looking for sites in the town centre to make up for the loss of car parking spaces on the Flat Iron car park which is why we turned the derelict site on Cleveland Street into a car park.

“Our Bengal Street depot site could also be used create additional parking which would more than make up for the spaces lost to the Market Walk extension. However, this is not to say that other uses for the Bengal Street site would not be considered in the future as we develop and improve our town centre.”

The purchase of the Stagecoach depot would be funded within the existing Market Walk extension budget.


If you know of any residents that were affected by the flooding or who want to know more about the support available then a community roadshow will be held at Chorley Town Hall on Thursday.

The idea is for residents to get advice on any help and support that is available to them and for them to tell those involved how the flooding has affected them.

The aim is to ensure everyone is benefitting from the support available and that lessons can be learned from the flooding to help make people better prepared in the future.

Organisations attending will include the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council, among others. Chorley Council will have staff on hand to help residents and businesses apply for any of the grants available and to talk through any aspect of the work we have been doing over the past few weeks both in responding to the floods and the clean-up operation.

The roadshow will be held at Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP, between 3-8pm, on Thursday 28 January. People are free to come and go as they wish and teas and coffees will be provided.


This is the latest information (22/01/2016) from LCC regarding the Hill Top Lane closure:

"We have an inspector attending site every-day to monitor works and to obtain evidence of works being undertaken without a permit to work or a road closure in place.  The inspector is of the opinion that the works could be completed by Monday however, to err on caution and suggest that the works should be completed by Wednesday of next week.  The Inspector has taken photographs of the works and I note that they have almost reached the new development site so I'm hoping that the works should soon be completed and Hill Top open again.

I would not advise people to drive vehicles through the works site as it may not be safe for them to do so.

Our inspectors will continue to monitor the site throughout the weekend and a couple of my colleagues will be in the office (01772 533433) Saturday & Sunday 08.30 – 16.30 if you need to contact us."




PEOPLE are being urged to give their views on Chorley Council’s budget proposals that include a freeze on council tax and £2.8 million of investment in services for residents and businesses.

Councillors agreed the plans at a meeting on Thursday and now the authority wants to hear from residents before any final decisions are made in March.

The proposals outline investment right across the borough including plans to create more jobs, improve local neighbourhoods and ensure Chorley is at the forefront of change in local government.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Local government is undergoing a revolution and with the changes to funding from Central Government we have to become more self-sufficient and things are already starting to change.

“When we’re hearing stories of devastation to services from other authorities it is amazing for us to be saying to residents that we are going to be able to protect frontline services, we are proposing to invest a further £2.8m in services, a total of £12m over the last few years, and proposing to freeze council tax again this year.

“This is down to the excellent work the council has been doing but also the brilliant attitude of residents who have been willing to get involved in projects we are running, been willing to support our events and most importantly willing to tell us where they want us to spend their money.”

The proposals include the commitment to attracting new investment to the area but also include:

  • Delivering projects that local communities would like to see in their neighbourhood
  • Helping people to get online and understand how to make the most of the internet
  • Further improvements to Chorley town centre
  • Free swimming for children during the school holidays
  • Putting Chorley on the map as a visitor destination

With the future funding of local government uncertain, the council is also proposing to increase its financial resilience by setting money aside to invest in projects that will provide income to the authority.

It is also proposing to put £1m towards mitigating the potential impacts of the proposed cuts to Lancashire County Council-funded services.

“The package of proposals has something for people of all ages and residents right across the borough,” said Councillor Wilson.

“However, it is carefully balanced to make sure we are investing in areas that will provide income for the council in coming years and to offset some of the huge changes being proposed by the county council, which will have a huge impact on the services they deliver in Chorley.

“With this in mind it’s important the money is spent on things residents want and that’s why we need you to have your say.”

You can take part in the budget consultation at chorley.gov.uk or by calling into offices on Union Street.

All comments will need to be submitted by Sunday 14 February.


For United Utilities' Winter Wise 2016 campaign, they have produced a Winter advice pack which can be downloaded from the United Utilities website http://www.unitedutilities.com/winterwise and includes lots of information about keeping yourself and your home safe and warm during the cold snap.

There is advice on how to find your stop-tap, how to lag your pipes and some lovely winter warming recipes too.

You can download the United Utilities Winter Advice Pack here.


CHORLEY Council is urging the Government to allow decisions on fracking to be made locally so that the views of local residents are considered properly.

It comes as the authority discussed the pros and cons of shale gas extraction after being handed a petition of more than 2,600 names by the Frack Free Chorley and South Ribble group.

On hearing from several residents at a packed Town Hall the council unanimously agreed to raise its concerns at the highest possible level to prevent decisions being taken out of the hands of local people.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It was great to see residents coming to us with an issue because this is what local democracy is all about.

“We listened very carefully to what people had to say and there were two main points to come out of the debate.

“Firstly, that any application for fracking operations is subject to vigorous scrutiny with regards to the possible effects on landscape, water and air quality.

“Secondly, that all decisions are taken at a local level so residents and businesses can have a proper input and influence the decision.”

Fracking was debated for the first time at Chorley Council after the petition handed in before Christmas triggered a full council debate. It came on the back of new licences for fracking being granted by the Government that cover the Chorley borough area in December.

The desire to ensure decisions are taken locally follows reports that the Government wants to call-in all fracking applications on the back of the two high profile applications at Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton, which were rejected by Lancashire County Council in the summer, and are now subject to an appeal that will be heard by the Government later this year.

“As a council we feel very strongly about local residents influencing what happens in their own area,” said Councillor Bradley.

“People will have differing opinions on whether they think fracking is a good thing or not but one thing everyone agreed on is the need for decisions to be taken by people who are locally-elected and know the area.

“We will be writing to the Secretary of State to outline our concerns and we look forward to receiving a positive response.”

Although Chorley Council has debated fracking it would be for Lancashire County Council to determine any applications of this nature in the borough as it relates to mineral extraction.

The decision by the council was greeted by a round of applause from the dozens of people who had packed into the Town Hall.


RESIDENTS in Chorley are being urged to double check the items they put out for recycling as part of a drive by Chorley Council to ensure the ‘right stuff’ goes in the ‘right bin’.

This is because loads could be rejected at the recycling plant in Farington if they are ‘contaminated’ by non-recyclable household waste being placed incorrectly in blue bins, or if items are not sorted correctly.

On average the majority of items are correctly sorted and recycled, however recent checks have revealed a number of items wrongly put in the blue recycling bin such as wood, cardboard, textiles, black bags, food waste, toys, CDs and DVDs, batteries, nappies and furniture and ceramics.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees waste management for Chorley Council, said: “We have an excellent recycling record in Chorley, thanks to everyone’s efforts. However, we’ve found that the number of wrong items being placed in the wrong bin is on the increase.

“This has not really been an issue before as, unless the bin is badly contaminated with non-recyclable stuff, it has been emptied as usual. But recently rules have tightened which means that the recycling plant could reject loads that are contaminated which would ultimately have an impact on the cost of collections.”

The council believes that the reason for increased levels of contamination could be because the current collection system has been in place for six years and most residents believe they know what can be recycled in their blue bin; and the high levels of house building in the area has brought in more residents who may not be aware of what materials are collected for recycling.

Most people are aware that the blue bin is for plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars and food and drinks tins. But not all plastics can be recycled, just those marked 1 or 2 which are plastic bottles - not yoghurt pots, butter or margarine cartons, plastic carrier bags or plastic toys.

Councillor Lowe said: “We are trying to raise awareness with our Right Stuff, Right Bin campaign of what can and can’t be recycled to try and reduce the volume of contamination and it’s great to see that our messages are getting through.

“However, we still need to improve the quality of our recycling and we will continue to strive to make people aware of what they can and can’t recycle. If in doubt, leave it out and instead put it in the green refuse bin which is for all other household rubbish, or take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Lower Burgh.”

A full list of items that can be recycled and details of which containers to use can be found on the council’s website chorley.gov.uk/bins or you can call 01257 515151 for advice on waste and recycling. Remember to look out for you 2016 recycling collection calendar which will be stuck to the side of your green refuse bin in December. This includes details of what you can recycle and the collection dates for the Christmas holiday season.


CHORLEY’S Christmas is set to get even better from next Friday when the main attraction arrives to give families a ride above the town’s rooftops.

Due to popular demand, Chorley Council and Market Walk shopping centre are bringing back the 100 foot Ferris wheel that dominated the Chorley skyline in 2012 to once again transform the town centre into a winter wonderland.

The spectacular wheel is back in town until Sunday 3 January to give little and big kids a magical Christmas ride above the clouds of Chorley.

The giant wheel will be on the Flat Iron car park, just off Union Street, with some festive food and drink stalls surrounding it selling everything from German cakes, sausages and treats to mulled wine, cider, hot chocolate and more.  It will also be lit up after dark to add to the fantastic light displays across the town centre.

The wheel will be open Sunday to Wednesday 12 noon to 6pm, Thursdays 12 noon to 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 8pm.  The only day it will be closed is Christmas Day. 

Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the giant Ferris wheel and are priced £4 for adults and £2 for children and concessions or a family of four can purchase a family ticket for £10.

Anyone who purchases a giant Ferris wheel ticket and takes it into the O2 store in Market Walk, will be entered into a free prize draw to win a tablet.

Councillor Peter Wilson, who has responsibility for the town centre and events at Chorley Council, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the giant Ferris wheel back to give local people, visitors and traders another spectacular Christmas in Chorley.

“The ride opens on Friday so make sure you come and take a ride with family and friends while it’s here.  It can take 144 passengers at any one time so there will be plenty of opportunity to take a ride above the rooftops of Chorley.

“We’ve brought the Ferris wheel back after people requested it and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of people enjoying the attraction and having a good time.

“There’s also lots of other activities going on in the run up to Christmas including free face painting and arts and craft in Market Walk as well as some festive entertainment in some areas of the town centre. 

“Chorley’s Santa Express land train will also be running between the town centre and Astley Hall every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 5 until Sunday 20 December and people can pay on the day if they would simply like to take to ride the train.  Anyone who also wishes to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall will need to book in advance at chorley.gov.uk but there are only a few tickets remaining.

“Over the past few years, the council has worked hard to create a real festive buzz about the town and offer something different from other areas.  We want to continue building on this to encourage more people to visit Chorley and boost the local economy.”

Chorley’s giant Ferris wheel will open at 10am on Friday 11 December. 

To keep up-to-date with Chorley’s Christmas plans, please check chorley.gov.uk like Chorley Council on Facebook or follow @ChorleyCouncil on Twitter.

A MULTI award-winning architectural practice has opened its doors in Chorley town centre with a helping hand from Chorley Council.

SDA Architecture, which prides itself on its passion for design, is the first professional architectural practice to open in the town and is run by husband and wife team Simon and Katie Lewis-Pierpoint.

The firm, which boasts five awards this year alone, has clients across the region, in London and in Dubai and has featured in high-end magazines. Simon and Katie have extensive knowledge and expertise and are regularly invited as expert consultants for the national wide architecture and technology roadshow ‘Grand Designs’ Live.

They were awarded grants by Chorley Council totalling more than £4,600 to refurbish and improve their new business premises in Cheapside.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that such a prestigious business has chosen Chorley as its base and I wish them every success for their future.

“We were able to offer them shop floor and shop front grants to help them set up in their new home. As you’d expect of a design studio they’ve refurbished the premises to make it into a pleasant, welcoming and modern ‘space’ without losing the character of a street steeped in history.”

SDA Architecture was established in Wigan in 2007 by Simon and Katie, this husband and wife creative team have been working in partnership as a successful collaboration for nearly a decade.

Having moved to the Chorley area, the couple wanted to set up their base in Chorley town and they spotted the ‘quirky’ premises in Cheapside.

Katie said: “We liked these offices, they are good location, the area is highlighted for regeneration over the coming years. It met our design criteria of a traditional frontage and we have been able to make it quite quirky inside and highlight features. We wanted it to look boutique style and for people to be comfortable when they come in because it can be daunting to walk into professional offices.

“We are a small practice that offers one to one bespoke architectural designs for individual clients either commercial or private and we design residential homes and extensions, hotels, care homes, housing developments, schools and leisure facilities. We tailor the work to individual needs and if people get into difficulties with what they want to do we can help them sort it out.”

SDA Architecture is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm. You can ring to make an appointment on 01257 441 512or just call in at 9 Cheapside, Chorley.

Simon added: “We love architectural design full stop and we want Chorley to benefit from that, to create beautiful architecture within what is a really nice borough. We want to be part of the community in Chorley, linking in with other local businesses such as surveyors and engineers, and from a design perspective we want to be involved in modelling and reshaping Chorley and assisting the Local Authority over the years to come.

“We love architecture in any form we’ll design anything from a single storey extension to a development of 500 houses in the greenbelt, even a piece of furniture or a shed! 

“We pride ourselves on the quality of our design work, we want people to say ‘that’s an SDA design’ not just another design and for clients to be able to see the difference.”

Councillor Wilson added: “Boosting the local economy is one of our key priorities which is why we put so much into supporting new and established businesses in the borough with grants, help and advice. I would advise anyone interested in setting up a new business in Chorley to contact us on 01257 515151 or via the website chorley.gov.uk to find out just what help is available.”


Please help your village:

An application has been lodged to infill Little Quarry, Hill Top Lane. Ruttles intend to tip another 100,000 cubic metres of inert waste, in order to facilitate the building of many new houses on this unstable land. We need as many residents as possible to write letters of protest against this application. Why? Well, at 20 tonne loads, we are talking about around 7,000 wagon movements, over many years. This would be a nightmare for residents along the route. All the village needs to get behind refusing this unnecessary application.

The village needs to get together like it never has before on this issue. We need to work together as a village as this infilling will effect everyone - eventually. We’re asking that all residents (whether affected or not) please send out a simple letter objecting to the application.

At our September meeting, the Parish Councillors decided to get 500 posters printed with the slogan ‘No More Tipping in Whittle's Quarries’. We thank residents for displaying these posters but we need more support. Please display! If you haven’t got one and would like one, please let the Parish Council know and we will drop one off for you.

These posters have now been distributed to residents mostly along Chorley Old Road, Shaw Brow & roads off these. We are delighted by the response and lots of people have put them in their windows. We will continue to ask for your support until the plans go to County Council's Planning Committee for their decision, (most likely in November).

This village needs your help, whether you live on Chorley Old Road or not. It isn’t just a Chorley Old Road issue—it is a village issue. We need to stop this, and if we get 1,000 letters to the County Council, we could stop it.

Please quote application LCC/2015/0081 in your letter to:

The Development Management Group

PO Box 100

County Hall



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A TAXI driver who was stopped at a checkpoint whilst taking a teenager to school in Chorley was found guilty of driving an unlicensed taxi and driving without insurance when he appeared before magistrates in Preston.

Ghafoor Akthar, 58, of Cliffe Court, Preston, was fined £1000, ordered to pay £500 costs and £100 victim surcharge, and had six penalty points endorsed on his licence.

The court was told that the defendant was stopped on the A6 Preston Road, Chorley, in a joint operation by Chorley Council, Lancashire Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to check vehicles and target traffic offences.

He provided his identification badge issued by Preston City Council, but it was noted that the vehicle didn’t display any hackney carriage licence plate and he was cautioned.

Magistrates heard that officers at the checkpoint were told by Akthar, who had no previous convictions, that he was aware there was no plate because he’d inspected the vehicle that morning. He had explained it was being transferred from another vehicle and had not yet been put on the taxi he was driving, and he was allowed to continue his journey.

However when officers later checked with Preston City Council they were told an application for the vehicle was pending but there had been no licence in force or plates issued for the vehicle on the day it was stopped.

This also meant that although the vehicle was insured under a public and private hire insurance, the driver would not have been covered by the policy during the time vehicle was not licenced as a taxi.

Councillor Paul Walmsley, who oversees community safety for Chorley Council, said: “People’s safety is of paramount importance to us which is why we have these routine vehicle checks with the police and our other partners. We check out the road worthiness of the vehicles stopped to ensure they are safe and we also ensure that all paperwork is in place and valid.

“With taxis in particular people expect that they are travelling safely and securely. On this occasion the vehicle Mr Akthar was using was road worthy, but he was using it as a taxi even though his application for a licence for his vehicle hadn’t yet been granted and this in turn invalidated his insurance putting his passenger at risk if there had been an accident.”

FANS of floral displays will be able to enjoy a blaze of colour in Astley Park next July as the dates for Chorley Flower Show 2016 are being announced.

The spectacular show, organised by Chorley Council, is back by popular demand and it will take place on Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 July.

Plans are already well underway to bring back some of the best exhibitors from across the country after the success of the first ever Chorley Flower Show, which attracted 10,000 people to Astley Park.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive feedback about our first ever flower show so we wanted to set the dates for next year as soon as we could.

“There are already plenty of ideas of how we can grow and improve the show to really cement its place as one of Lancashire’s main summer attractions for visitors to the region, so watch out for more announcements in the coming weeks and months.

“We had people from all over the country attending last year and we have already seen a noticeable increase in visitors to Astley Hall from further afield since the show.”

Applications are now open for exhibitors and traders interested in taking part in next year’s show and people are being urged to get them in as soon as they can.

New elements for the 2016 show will include introducing show gardens to complement Chorley’s award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit ‘The Evaders’ Garden’ and increasing the variety of horticultural stands in the vicinity of Astley Hall.

“If you are interested in taking part all the application forms are downloadable at chorley.gov.uk and we have already had lots of interest from people who attended this year’s show and want to come again or exhibit for the first time,” said Councillor Bradley.

“We’ll also be looking for sponsors for next year’s event so if you’re interested in getting involved please get in touch and we’d be more than happy to discuss this with you.

“If you’ve not booked your summer holidays next year make sure you keep the weekend free as it promises to be another fantastic event that will put Chorley in the spotlight again.”

For more information on next year’s Chorley Flower Show visit chorley.gov.uk or call 01257 515151.

PRESS RELEASE - TWO of Chorley’s popular markets are being brought under one roof to create a mixed market to build on the success of the shopping experience in the town.

The Monday flea market and the regular traders on the Covered Market will set up stalls together every Monday for a six-month trial period as Chorley Council looks to improve the offer to shoppers and visitors alike.

The trial will start on Monday 14 September and follows consultations with the casual flea market traders who stand the Covered Market every Monday and the regular traders who open their stalls every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We are currently making improvements across the town centre to attract more visitors and quality retailers here and our markets are a key part of the town centre.

“They are hugely successful in bringing in people from across the region and coach trips from across the UK.

“As the market operator we continually strive to improve the offer to local people and visitors. We were asked by our regular Covered Market traders if they could trade on Mondays so they didn’t have to dismantle their stalls on Saturday and set them up again for Tuesday.

“We know that the Monday flea market is popular with visitors who specifically come to Chorley on a Monday for their wares, indeed we received a petition of around 700 signatures supporting keeping the flea market despite it never having been our intention to get rid of it.

“We think there’s room for both which is why we’re setting up this mixed market of both flea market traders and regular market traders for a trial period and we’ll see how it goes.”

To accommodate both sets of traders, the regular traders will not be allowed to spread out their stock into the central aisle on a Monday as they do on other days, this will mean there will be room for additional table-top stalls along the central aisle for the flea market traders.

Councillor Wilson added: “We’re trying this because we’d been asked by the regular traders who have seen their businesses expand because of the success of the Tuesday market, but at the same time, we didn’t want to lose the flea market on Mondays.

“Hopefully the mixed market on a Monday will become as successful as the Tuesday market, and shoppers and visitors to Chorley will benefit from an extra market day.”

Press Release from CBC - CHORLEY Council is in discussions with government authorities to offer its support during the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Europe.

Many people will have seen the news reports of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing their homes in Syria and the heart-breaking pictures of children and families.

Chorley is keen to do its bit to help and is holding discussions to see if the borough can help in any way.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s been very distressing to see the images on the news and it is right that we offer our support and help out where we can.

“We’ve seen a groundswell of support from local people on social media with residents wanting to support those affected by the crisis and we’d be happy to have a discussion with those co-ordinating activities locally to see if we can help them too.

“We’ve been working with the authorities to see if we can help and we’re just waiting to see what support they need.”

The council will be contacting its housing providers to see what availability there is with a view to hosting a number of refugees in the borough.

“We will continue to have discussions internally at the council while we assess what support we can give,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Once we have more information about what’s possible we’ll keep people updated on progress.”

Thursday 10th September 10-5 at the Lancastrian Suite. 

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Defibrillator Awareness

North West Ambulance Service

Village Hall – Whittle-le-Woods

Friday 4th September 2015


AED demonstration following the installation of the Defibrillators in the Red Book Swap Boxes on Waterhouse Green and Town Lane.

Organised by Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council.

Acts and Performers wanted for Chorley Live

ORGANISERS of a two-day live music and entertainment event in Chorley are encouraging local performers and talented individuals who would be willing to take part to come forward.

Chorley Council is once again teaming up with the Creative Network to stage Chorley Live, which has proven a hit attracting more than 4,500 people to the town over two days last year and they need local acts who want to create fantastic memories of live entertainment to take part.

The organisers are looking for a wide variety of musical acts including bands and solo artists covering all genres of music but they also want other types of performers including comedians, dancers, magicians and ventriloquists.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Chorley Live has been a huge success over the last two years and we want to make it even bigger and better this year.

“We have a number of new venues this year and are also looking for some daytime acts on the Saturday to make Chorley the place to be that weekend.”

“This event has boosted trade among pubs, clubs and restaurants and we hope it will continue to bring more people into the town centre and show that people can have a great night out in Chorley without having to spend money or travel to other towns and cities.

“We want to include a wide variety of performers and it will be important that we have a lot of local acts taking part so they can showcase their talent, so I’d urge anyone interested in finding out more to get in touch with us.”

The event will see people able to gain entry into the venues using a wristband that costs £5 and can be purchased prior or at the event, with children under 12 having free access with adults. There will be over 200 live performances on the Friday and Saturday evening.

It will include a wide variety of venues including pubs, libraries, churches and restaurants and there will be something for everyone including families and young children.

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network and who will be organising the acts, said the event brings the town centre alive at night.

“I have been staggered by the success of Chorley Live over the last two years: we have had so many positive comments about how great it is and how brilliant the atmosphere is in town,” said Nigel.

“It is a great opportunity for acts to perform on a live stage in a variety of venues as part of a bigger event that will attract thousands of people over the weekend.

“The venues love it, the performers love it and the punters love it so it promises to be a great weekend.

“If you want to be involved let us know as soon as you can as we will be starting to organise the line-ups – we can’t promise everyone will be chosen, but we’d love to hear from everyone that is interested.

“If you’ve already registered an interest you don’t need to get in touch again.”

The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday October 2 and 3 with live performances at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm at each venue.

If you want to take part contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Creative Network direct on 07883 181978 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join the Chorley Conversation

RESIDENTS in Chorley are being asked to give their views on public services to help deal with the massive change that is coming over the next few years.

With reducing budgets all public sector organisations are going to have to change the way they work and Chorley Council is trying to plan ahead and involve local people.

Over the next six weeks the authority will be asking residents to join in the conversation and tell us what they think about all the public services they receive.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We know change is coming and we need to act now, which is why we have been exploring the future options for public services in Chorley.

“If we are to get things right then we, and all our partners, have to look at overhauling all the services we provide and look at different ways of doing things.

“It’s no use us doing that in isolation, we need residents to tell us what they think works well and what do they see happening in Chorley that makes them hold their head in their hands and think they could do a better job.

“It’s really important people take part and give us their honest views because they are the people who use the services and know where they work well and where they need fixing.”

Experts in public services visited Chorley earlier this year as the authority held a commission into the future of public services in Chorley.

They provided ten recommendations to the authority and work has been continuing on exploring different ways of providing services to residents across all public sector partners including the police, fire service and health providers.

The next step is to ask residents what they would like to see and the council is inviting individuals to put themselves forward to take part in the process. The authority is working with Spice, which already works with the council through the Time Credits programme to deliver this wider engagement.

“We will be visiting community groups, workplaces, pubs and plenty of other places to have a conversation with people about how they view public services,” said Councillor Wilson.

“We’d also be keen to sit down with individuals and for them to tell us their own experiences of dealing with the council and other organisations.

“We want to know what makes you frustrated, but also what suggestions you’d have for doing things better.”

If you’d like to join the Chorley Conversation contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151 or get in touch via our website at chorley.gov.uk.

For further information, contact Communications Manager Andrew Daniels on 01257 515265.

Football Fundraiser 2015

The football charity fundraiser, held on the 30th May 2015, at Kem Mill Lane raised the fantastic total of £1030 for SANDS in Preston/Blackpool.  On a day with a bouncy castle and BBQ at the Roebuck - it was truly a great day out for all the family.


A summer of fun in Chorley’s Market Walk kicks off next week with shoppers being entertained every Thursday throughout the school holidays.
Young visitors to Chorley’s shopping centre will be able to get their faces painted, create wands, crowns, masks and other crafts with the Creation Station, pick up some fantastic balloon models, take a ride on a children’s fairground, try their hand at mini golf, watch a Punch and Judy show, take up one of the giant game challenges and have the chance to record their own radio jingle or song in radio school.
The activities are being organised by Chorley Council to give people another reason to make an enjoyable shopping trip to the town with a particular focus on Thursdays to create a fun, family atmosphere.
Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “There is always really good atmosphere for shoppers in the town centre, no matter what day you choose to visit Chorley. However, this summer we’ve decided to make Thursdays a family day in Chorley so that parents don’t have to worry about entertaining the children while they are out shopping.
“With over 30 shops along an outdoor parade, Market Walk, has shops for everyone and is the ideal location for some summer fun and entertainment.
“Whether you’re looking to do some last minute holiday shopping or some back to school shopping and you want something free to keep the children entertained, then make sure you visit Market Walk, Chorley this summer.”
The Bee Radio Station will be in Market Walk on Thursday 23 and 30 July, giving shoppers the opportunity to record their own jingles plus they will be bringing The Bee mascot and some giant games and crazy golf every Thursday in August.
The children’s entertainer, Brian Gore, will be performing his fantastic Punch and Judy show every Thursday from 30 July until 27 August and the face painter, balloon modeller and fairground ride will be in Market Walk throughout the summer.
Plus don’t forget to pop into the Creation Station at Market Walk every Thursday to make everything from crowns to pirate hats to wands, kites, windsocks, clay models or for a general doodle.
All activities will take place along the outdoor Market Walk parade or in the shop unit next door to Costa Coffee. Shoppers are invited to drop in and take part between 10am and 4pm.
For more information on Market Walk shopping centre visit www.marketwalkchorley.co.uk like MWChorley on Facebook or follow @MWChorley.


Tee off for charity

CHORLEY’S first citizen is inviting people to take part in a fun day of golf – and help raise money for local charities.

The Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Marion Lowe, has organised a charity golf day at the stunning Duxbury Park Golf Course, owned by Chorley Council.

The day, on Tuesday 8 September, is being run in conjunction with Glendale Golf which managers the course for the council.

She said: “This really is a day for golfers of all abilities to come along and have a bit of fun, on a beautiful course and at the same time raise money for some local good causes as my Mayor’s Charity Appeal is supporting St Catherine’s Hospice, Derian House Children’s Hospice and Home-Start Central Lancashire.”

“We’re looking for teams to take part in a 4-ball Stableford competition with tee off times from 10am to 12 noon. There will be a chance to win a trophy and prizes and there will be a presentation and raffle.

“I hope that businesses, clubs, organisations and groups will come along and enjoy a game of golf knowing that it’s all for a worthwhile cause. ”

The day costs £25 per person and that includes a round of golf, a bacon roll and coffee on arrival and either hotpot, chilli or vegetarian option after play.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 25 August, so to get your name down early and book your tee off time, please contact the Mayor’s Secretary on 01257 515151 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Historic Hall to open soon

CHORLEY’S historic hall is set to reopen to the public at the end of this month following vital repairs needed to preserve the Grade 1 listed building.

Astley Hall is due to open its doors to the public on Saturday 29 August having been closed since Christmas for conservation works.

That work revealed that a foundation beam supporting the 400-year-old wall in the Great Hall, owned and managed by Chorley Council, had rotted and needed replacing.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees Astley Hall for Chorley Council, said: “We had hoped that once this was done, the Hall would reopen.

“But whilst the panelling was being taken off the wall to do this work, it was discovered that the timber wall frame was not properly tied to the front wall of the Hall and so we’ve had to have bespoke plates made.

“We were lucky enough to able to open the Hall just for the weekend of the Chorley Flower Show to give people a chance to look around and enjoy the spectacular floral displays that adorned the rooms. Then it closed again for some finishing off works to be done, but I’m delighted to be able to say it will reopen for the Bank Holiday weekend and will be open every weekend for the rest of the year, plus Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays! 

“We are disappointed that the Hall had to close to the public for so long this year, but it was essential to get this urgent repair carried out to preserve it for future generations.”

Conservation consultant, Geoff Maybank who has been overseeing the work at the Hall, said the complexity of assessing how the Hall had been constructed had taken a lot of effort and that once work started it turned out there were a lot more repairs needed than expected.

He said that the repairs had been carried out using traditional materials and so any replacement parts had to be specially made.

He added: “The Hall is 450 years old, it’s bound to have issues, but we are hopeful we’ve cured the problem.”

The Hall will be open from 12 noon to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29 and 30 August, plus it’s open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays.


Robin Hood marches into Astley Park

ASTLEY Park’s Walled Garden is set for another transformation next weekend as a classic story is brought to life as part of Chorley Council’s second outdoor theatre event of the year.

Chorley Council is bringing the Cambridge Touring Theatre company to the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park to perform its fun, hilarious adaption of Robin Hood – The Musical on Sunday 16 August.

Watch as Robin Hood and his merry men take on the Sheriff of Nottingham while singing and dancing to win the heart of the fair Maid Marian. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, the Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Theatre in the Park performances are always great events with a brilliant atmosphere and we’re delighted to have Cambridge Touring Theatre coming to Astley Park to perform Robin Hood – The Musical.

“The show has had excellent reviews with many people commenting on how funny it is, plus the actors will be doing a special drama workshop in Astley Coach House for children before it starts. 

“Tickets for the show and the drama workshop need to be booked in advance but are selling fast.  Therefore if you and your family would like to enjoy entertaining theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park’s Walled Garden, visit chorley.gov.uk to book your tickets now.”

The gates for the performance will open at 3.30pm with the drama workshop starting at 4pm and the show starting at 5pm.

People are invited to bring a picnic, blankets and low-backed chairs to sit on as seating is not provided.  Refreshments will also be served in Café Ambio until just after the interval.  He performance is suitable for children aged three and above.

Tickets are also on sale for the next Theatre in The Park event, which is Heartbreak Productions fantastic performance of Mr Stink on Saturday 29 August.  To book your tickets for Mr Stink or Robin Hood visit chorley.gov.uk


Make a splash for free

YOUNGSTERS can certainly make waves in Chorley this summer as free swimming is back by popular demand.

Last year over 3,500 young people from Chorley took advantage of the free swim offer run by Chorley Council and Active Nation which manages the council’s leisure facilities.

From Monday 27 July, free swimming is again being offered to those aged 16 and under throughout the school holidays.

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees the council’s leisure centres, said: “This scheme is so popular with young people that it was important to us that we offered it again over the summer holidays.

“It gives youngsters something to do and swimming in a safe environment is an ideal way for them to keep active, have fun and meet people at the same time.

“We look forward to seeing lots of young people enjoying the swimming pools in Chorley and it would be great if this scheme encouraged people to participate in sport on a more regular basis.”

Youngsters can swim for free throughout the school holidays until Friday 4 September for 45 minutes per session at:

  • All Seasons Leisure Centre, Water Street, from Monday to Friday between 2.30pm and 3.15pm and 3.15pm to 4pm
  •  Brinscall Pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 1pm.


Please see our link to this information: Lancashire Adult Learning Courses Sept 2015

I would like to thank all Parish Council members for their help, support and guidance during my tenure as Chairman. It is pleasing to reflect on the last 11 months and consider what has taken place to enhance our wonderful village. Projects and activities include:- * Redesign and launch of the website > improving the information available and increasing the number of people that visit. * Restoration of Blackburn Road Milestone & Boundary stone. * Installation of the Defibrillators in the Red Telephone / Book swap boxes. * Another successful Fishing competition. * WW1 Union flag floral displays, Waterhouse Green and War memorial. * Organised the Council to maintain the Cross keys & Delph Way play area. * Help to repair the fencing on the Cricket Field by the river. * 2 Newsletters published and distributed to all residents. * Published our policy on the display of Advertising Banners. Through the Neighbourhood Area group we have completed the following projects:- Installation of the Blackburn Road Rockery, Church Hill fencing and the Earth Rods for the Defibrillators to be fitted in the Red Telephone Boxes. We have welcomed two new councillors, Darren Marsden and Roger Tyrer. A number of activities have passed through the village this year including the Iron Man race, the Chorley Grand Prix cycle race and the Village health walk is now up and running on a regular basis. Tina Newall
For several years we, the parish councillors, have tried to address the ongoing issue of provision of activities and facilities for the young people of Whittle-le-Woods. Several previous attempts have been tried and failed. It has been suggested that we encourage the young people to join us for a meaningful discussion to seek their views on what activities they would like to see in the village. If any young people of Whittle-le-Woods aged 11-18 are interested, could they or their parents please forward their names and contact details to any of the parish councillors listed in the newsletter, or contact us through the website at http://www.whittlelewoodsparishcouncil.org.uk/index.php/contactusform This would enable us to arrange a meeting to explore the possibilities and hopefully plan for the future.

Three elections are to be held on 7th May 2015.  Click on the links below for more information.

Parish Council elections (not applicable to Whittle-le-Woods)

Borough Council elections

General election

The following is the statement of persons nominated for the general election:


These notices have also been displayed on the village's noticeboards. 



At March 2015

The number of subsidised meals offered to the customer per week by Chorley Council has now increased from three to five.  The service will continue to be provided by Lancashire Fayre who currently provide the service, and meals can still be delivered seven days a week; but this now means that the cost to the customer of the first five meals per week will reduce to £3.65 per meal.  

In addition an introductory offer has been launched which means that any new customers who sign up to the Meals on Wheels service will receive their meals for the first two weeks at half price, Chorley Council will subsidise the cost of the first five meals for two weeks reducing the price to only £2.12 for a main meal and dessert.

There are certain eligibility criteria to meet to qualify for the subsidised service, however those who are not eligible can still receive the Meals on Wheels service for the low price of £4.25.

If you know someone who would benefit from this service they can contact Lancashire Fayre on 01257 367630.




Whittle-Le-Woods Charity Football Match
Saturday 30th of May at 1pm
Kem Mill Lane
All in aid of Sands Preston/Blackpool
With A Local Celebrity Appearance
Raffle to be held with lots of great prizes
£1 per strip
Bouncy castle and BBQ to make it a great day out for all the family and for a great cause!

For a pdf copy of the poster, please click here.




The following pdf files relate to the route of the Chorley Grand Prix on 4th April 2015, and the resulting road closures. 

Cycle Route

One Way Diversions

Park Road


Appendix 2




You may be interested in following this link to find out more about many events on the Chorley Borough Council website.  This page lists (amongst others) courses, forums, seminars and shows.






The following is an update from the Patient Participation Group (February 2015).

After nearly 12 months of campaigning local residents are feeling exacerbated by NHS England’s refusal to fully consult with them over plans for the future of Buckshaw Village Surgery.  Last year patients were shocked to hear the news that Dr Muttu and his excellent staff at Buckshaw Village Surgery may have to re-tender for their contract to continue running the local surgery, which could open the door to large private providers running the highly rated NHS surgery. Would you be happy for your local GP surgery to be run by Serco, Virgin Health or Capita?

As patients learned more about the potential changes, they were incredulous with NHS England’s firm refusal to consult them over these; NHS England are seemingly neglecting the views and opinions of the one group they are meant to represent, patients. The Patient Participation Group (PPG) sprang into action and issued a rallying call for local patients to speak out and demand NHS England fully consult with them about the potential changes, 12 months on and their battle continues, with only minor concessions made so far. Gail Barnes, joint Chair of the PPG explained:

“It is unthinkable that NHS England are just continuing with their plans and not consulting patients. We have yet to meet a patient who thinks this is a good idea. We are demanding NHS England put a complete stop to their actions and actually consult and listen to patient’s wishes.”

Ken Webb, joint Chair of the PPG went on to add:

“NHS England is supposed to look out for what is best for patients. I certainly don’t feel their current actions support this; they are not carrying this out in my name or best interests.”

It isn’t just the PPG that wants a full consultation; over 1,200 local residents have signed a petition demanding NHS England consult with patients regarding the future of Buckshaw Village Surgery. For more information about the campaign or to sign the petition please visit the PPG website on bvsppg.weebly.com or find the PPG on Facebook.com/buckshawppg.



After many years of requesting that the speed limit on Dawson Lane is reduced, Lancashire County Council have confirmed they will be reducing the speed limit on Dawson Lane to 40 mph later this year.  The 40 mph zone will be from the A6 to the junciton with Worden Avenue.  A weight restriction was also requested but this was refused.

Over 100 top cyclists from across the country will descend on Chorley at Easter as the borough kick starts the British elite road racing season.

​Chorley Council has teamed up with British Cycling to host the Chorley Grand Prix that will see professional riders take on circuits around the borough in the first race of the season.

The prestigious event will bring thousands of visitors into Chorley and build on the borough’s enthusiasm for cycling. 

The Chorley Grand Prix, will be held on Saturday 4 April and take in a 100-mile route over 5 laps. The start and finish line will be in Chorley town centre with the road race taking in Chorley, Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Whittle-le=woods, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley.

The riders will complete five laps of the circuit but there will generally be rolling road closures in place, which will mean very minimal disruption to traffic.  There will also be plenty of opportunities for spectators to see and cheer on the cyclists.  The event will be broadcast on Eurosport.

The route through Whittle-le-woods will take the riders off the A674, down Moss Lane, onto Preston Road and then right down into Buckshaw Village.  A route map can be found here http://www.velouk.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015_ChorleyGP_BIG.gif

The Whittle le Woods Health Walk will start on 6th Feb 2015.  The meeting point is at the war memorial car park at 9:30am and the walk is intended to take around an hour.  There will be tea & coffee afterwards at the church.

Chorley Borough Council are looking for some people to volunteer to become Health Walk leaders - anyone who volunteers for this will be given full training & will get time credits for the hours they volunteer.  Contact Natalie Holt at Chorley Borough Council, or the Parish Clerk if you are interested.



Brindle Lane will be temporarily closed from 24/11/2014 until 28/11/2014 to allow emergency utility works to the water main to take place.

An alternative route for vehicular traffic afffected by the closure is via:

Birchin Lane - Copthurst Lane - Town Lane - Chorley Old Road - Hill Top Lane - Birchin Lane - and vice versa.

More information (including maps of affected areas) can be found at: 




Lancashire County Council have given notice of the closure of Back Lane, Clayton Green from 1900 hours on Thursday 20th November 2014 until 0000 hours on Wednesday 10th December 2014, or until completion of the works if earlier to allow emergency sewer repairs to be carried out.

The closure will effect the length of Back Lane from its junction with Carlton Avenue to its junction with Fiddlers Lane, Clayton Green, Chorley.

An alternative route for vehicular traffic affected by the closure is via: - Fiddlers Lane - A6 Preston Road - Back Lane and vice versa.

More information on this and other local road closures can be found at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/view.asp?siteid=5586&pageid=31004&e=e#anchor186890




Parish Councillor Bell was the Mayor of Chorley from 2003/4.  An event was organised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first canal boat to come through the tunnels at Whittle-le-Woods. The boats only went to Walton Summit, then the load was transferred onto railway wagons, they went through to Preston then back onto canal boats to journey to Lancaster etc.