Projects set to go ahead in Chorley

PRIORITY PROJECT: Heapey and Wheelton Village Hall, which is set to benefit
PRIORITY PROJECT: Heapey and Wheelton Village Hall, which is set to benefit
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More than 20 neighbourhood priority schemes, totalling tens of thousands of pounds, are set to be given the go-ahead this week.

The projects include repairing or relocating play areas, providing alleygates, creating footpaths, repairing walkways and installing bus shelters across eight neighbourhood areas throughout Chorley borough.

It will be subject to public consultation with residents affected to see if they support it, but it’s a long-term ambition we’ve had, responding to residents’ requests over the years.

Coun Adrian Lowe

Among them is phase three of the alleygate scheme for Corporation Street, Stump Lane and Aniline Street area of Chorley at a cost of £10,000.

In addition, there is a £5,000 scheme to repair the cobbled walkway leading to Wheelton Village Hall, and a £4,000 scheme for repainting and repairing railings on the Park Road bridge, Adlington.

Chorley Council’s executive cabinet, which meets on Thursday, has been recommended by the authority’s officers to approve the total of 24 priorities.

Neighbourhood areas were invited to submit three key priorities, or actions, during area meetings in January and February.

The executive cabinet will be told in a report that all the priorities are expected to be during 2015 and 2016, although some will require a level of local consultation to establish exactly what the communities’ needs are.

The council has a budget of £50,000 to deliver the scheme, with a further £50,000 available from previous underspend.

It is also expected partners and parish councils will contribute, as well as existing ‘business and usual’ resource.

Coun Adrian Lowe, who represents Chorley north east ward, was involved in discussions for the Corporation Street, Stump Lane and Aniline Street alleygate scheme.

He said: “We certainly welcome it in north east ward.

“It will be subject to public consultation with residents affected to see if they support it, but it’s a long-term ambition we’ve had, responding to residents’ requests over the years.

“We’re hopeful, if it passes on Thursday, the consultation will take place as speedily as possible so they can be implemented.

“Last year, we managed to get funding for some parts of Geoffrey Street. For our purposes, it’s rounding off what should have been done years ago.”