MAKEOVER: £45,000 project work begins to transform Chorley eyesore

UNDERWAY: Plans for the development of Rangletts Recreational Ground.
UNDERWAY: Plans for the development of Rangletts Recreational Ground.
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Work is now well underway to transform an eyesore recreational field.

Plans and designs have been revealed to develop Rangletts Recreational Ground, off Duke Street and Brindle Street, in Chorley, for a host of community uses.

Contractors have already started work on the £45,000 project.

A new skate park, play area and ball court, allotments, footpaths and new entrances are all set to be built as part of the makeover.

Developers are well underway with resurfacing the footpaths and building the allotments while work is set to start on the ball court and play area in April.

Bosses at Chorley Council, who are behind the plans, held a public consultation with residents to consider ideas of how to improve the space.

The designs for the play area were also done in consultation with children sitting on Duke Street Primary School’s Council.

Funding for the project has been secured from the nearby Eccleston Park and Duke Street housing developments.

Coun Bev Murray, ward councillor and who oversees parks and open spaces at Chorley Council, said: “The play and multi-use games areas are two very important parts of the Rangletts Recreation Ground redevelopment and we are really excited about these concepts.

“The children from the Duke Street Primary School Council have been extremely helpful telling us what they would like to see included and then voting on the final design.

“This will be a dramatic improvement to the play facilities in the area and we hope everyone will use and enjoy the play area and ball court once it is finished.

“As part of the redevelopment works, we are also installing new footpaths, which will mean access to the recreation ground will now be from Brindle Street rather than the corner of Duke Street.

“There is a lot of work going on across the recreation ground over the next few months and we would like to ask everyone to please bear with us until it is completed.”

An exact completion date is yet to be confirmed but council chiefs hope all work is finished by July in time for the school holidays.