Cash rolls in for popular park’s new visitor centre

Park manager Jim Longbottom at the area planned for the new visitor centre

Park manager Jim Longbottom at the area planned for the new visitor centre

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Plans for a new visitor centre at a popular park have been given a financial boost.

Chorley Council’s executive cabinet agreed to give £65,000 towards the project at Cuerden Valley Park at their meeting on Thursday.

“We recognise the importance of investing in and improving facilities to enhance the visitor experience across the Chorley borough and have agreed to provide a £65,000 grant to create a dedicated visitor centre at the park and help the trust to generate income for further improvements.”

Coun Peter Wilson

Cuerden Valley Park Trust wants to build a £415,000 visitor centre which would have an office, cafe, display facilities, classroom, information room and display facilities.

It will be environmentally friendly and consist of straw bales with a shingle roof, timber from the park and foundations with recycled materials.

At the meeting, Coun Peter Wilson said the centre would “enhance the visitor experience” and Coun John Walker said he was “delighted” the council was getting involved.

Councillors voted to approve the application for funding.

Afterwards, Coun Wilson, who is responsible for resources at the council, said: “We recognise the importance of investing in and improving facilities to enhance the visitor experience across the Chorley borough and have agreed to provide a £65,000 grant to create a dedicated visitor centre at the park and help the trust to generate income for further improvements.”

Jim Longbottom, park manager, welcomed the funding and said work was due to start.

He said: “We have been discussing this for a while with Chorley. It’s obviously very helpful.”

The project is being funded from a variety of sources, including £100,000 from Veolia Trust. The park trustees have also requested £20,000 from South Ribble Council.

The Conservatives’ resources spokesman Coun Alan Cullens said while he supported the investment, he hoped there would be a viability plan to look at how the cafe would affect the nearby Sue Ryder cafe.