Village centre gets overhaul

Artist's impression of how improvement works in Longton will look
Artist's impression of how improvement works in Longton will look
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Defining the village centre, improving pedestrian safety and rejuvenating shop frontages are all part of a £190,000 improvement scheme for Longton.

Detailed plans have been drawn-up by South Ribble Council, which is focusing on the need to improve town and village centres across the borough.

After the council’s Western Parish Neighbourhood Forum carried out a consultation with residents, it was decided to try and improve footfall, boost local trade and improving the village economy in Longton, while creating a central identity for the whole community.

The main works will comprise of frontage and forecourt improvements to Church Row Chambers, and the reinstatement of the Longton stocks are also included in the plan of action.

Planned improvements to local amenities include bus shelter improvements, cycle parking and the installation of a village map and notice board. Working alongside Royal Mail, the village will also benefit from the installation of a new post box.

South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, Coun Phil Smith, said: “I’m delighted with the detailed improvement plans for Longton outlined in the report and I am confident that the changes will encourage people to shop local and support their local businesses.

“We’ve consulted residents throughout the process so far and I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to incorporate so many of their ideas into the plans and I look forward to seeing the developments take shape.”

Car parking spaces will also be increased by more than 80 as part of the plan, following an agreement with Booths supermarket to allow community use of their car park.

The council are also working with Lancashire County Council to address concerns about pedestrian safety and traffic calming measures in Liverpool Road. Work could include raising pedestrian crossings and widening footpaths.

A central village feature is set to be a ‘Welcome to Longton’ sign showing a marsh bird surrounded by marsh grass and wild flowers, contained within a new seating area.

No time frame for the work has been given.