Answers are wanted over eyesore club in Chorley

Damage: Windows have been smashed at St James' Social Club
Damage: Windows have been smashed at St James' Social Club
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Answers are wanted over the future of a former social club that has turned into an eyesore.

Almost one year ago, bosses at Samuel Smith Old Brewery made the decision to close the once popular St James’ Social Club on Eaves Lane, Chorley.

What’s worrying is that the area is deteriorating - the bowling green is damaged and overgrown and the surrounding hedges are encroaching on properties

The decision to close the club was met with disgust as St James’ Bowling Club, which used the neighbouring bowling green were left without a pitch to play on.

Since the closure, the team has found a new ground but the social club and bowling green have fallen into disrepair.

Windows have been smashed on a shed while the green is also damaged and overgrown.

Surrounding hedges are also starting to encroach on nearby property with rubbish and pieces of clothing also being dumped on the site.

Coun Julia Berry, ward councillor for Chorley East, said: “It’s nearly one year on since the closure and people are looking for answers about the future of the bowling green and social club.

“What’s worrying is that the area is deteriorating - the bowling green is damaged and overgrown and the surrounding hedges are encroaching on properties.

“Nobody locally has access to tidy up the areas, the residents want answers and want to see something happen to the site.

“It’s so sad this is happening, bowling is such a healthy and sociable activity for people of all ages.”

Despite numerous attempts to contact Samuel Smith Old Brewery, nobody from the firm was available for comment.