Much needed work starts on weary village centre

UPGRADES: Work is underway improving Astley Village Community Centre

UPGRADES: Work is underway improving Astley Village Community Centre

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A popular village centre is undergoing a much-needed facelift to help transform its weary appearance.

A project launched by Astley Village Parish Council will see a number of improvements completed on the eyesore community centre in Hallgate.

Councillors have campaigned for years to have work completed in the area.

Now with help from Chorley Council’s Neighbourhood Project, improvements to footpaths, fences, bushes as well as cleaning work inside the building will be made.

Once the work has been completed, it is hoped that everybody in the village will be able to benefit from the upgrades.

Parish councillor Laura Lennox, who has played a key role in ensuring the improvements take place, said: “This is an area that has needed work doing for years.

“All our work is being done in conjunction with Chorley Council’s Neighbourhood Project.

“At one point, one of the flower beds couldn’t have any work done on it due to so much glass.

“After a meeting we felt it would make a good project and we would work together to make the improvements.”

Ward councillor Matt Lynch added: “I hope this is the first of many projects completed in the village.”

Coun Bev Murray who looks after neighbourhood working for Chorley Council, said: “We are really pleased these works are now being done outside Astley Village Community Centre.

“One of our key priorities is involving residents in improving their local areas so we hold meetings in all neighbourhood areas across the borough where their representatives can put forward projects they want to see done.”