Retailers’ joy as Longton facelift nears completion

Lawrence Rooney from Lawrence Rooney Estate Agents, Councillor Phil Smith and Lesley Howard from Longton Home and Garden celebrating the improvements to Church Row Chambers
Lawrence Rooney from Lawrence Rooney Estate Agents, Councillor Phil Smith and Lesley Howard from Longton Home and Garden celebrating the improvements to Church Row Chambers
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Finishing touches are being made to £247,000 of improvements in Longton.

The project, which has focused on the shopping area along Liverpool Road, is the first of six town and village regeneration schemes to be completed in South Ribble.

The changes include new canopies at Church Row Chambers, the creation of new seating areas, moving the village stocks, planting a new permanent fir tree which will also be used as the village Christmas tree, the introduction of a new notice board and planters.

Booths have also agreed to allow their car park to be opened up to community use – providing an additional 80 public parking spaces in the area.

Lawrence Rooney, of Lawrence Rooney Estate Agents in Liverpool Road, said: “It’s a great advert for the village. It looks better, there’s a modern feeling and there’s more to enjoy in the village centre. There’s also a friendly atmosphere that is great for all business owners and residents.”

A new ‘Welcome to Longton’ sign will be installed within weeks and the village has also been awarded an additional £130,000 by the Government to introduce a business and innovation advisor. There are also plans to improve the costal path network to the wetlands and a range of events, including a new village market.

Coun Phil Smith of South Ribble Council which has paid for the work, said: “It’s fantastic that we are already receiving a lot of positive feedback from businesses and residents who have noticed a real difference at the heart of their village centre. The canopies that have been erected at Church Road Chambers look really impressive as do the new seating areas and planters, but there’s no doubt that the real feature will be the new welcome to Longton sign.”