INVESTMENT VOW: Chorley Council unveils £4.4m plan for borough

Alistair Bradley
Alistair Bradley
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Chorley Council has unveiled plans in its 2015/16 budget that will see £4.4m invested in projects throughout the borough.

The budget plans were agreed at a cabinet meeting on Thursday and it also included a freeze on council tax for the third year running.

Other proposals include creating a new youth zone, a new community centre in Buckshaw Village, further improvements to the town centre, free swimming for children during the school holidays, helping people understand the internet and putting Chorley on the map as a visitor destination.

At the meeting, the opposition Conservative party came under fire after only two members, John Walker and Mick Muncaster, attended.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of the Labour group and Chorley Council, said: “When the Conservatives were in power and Dennis Edgerley was the leader of the Labour group, I don’t think he ever missed an opportunity to scrutinise and pass comments on the opposition’s budget.”

A final decision on the plans will be made at a Full Council meeting in March.

Coun Mark Perks, leader of the Conservative group, refused to comment on the budget.

He said: “Thursday’s meeting was where the cabinet put their schemes and plans forward and only they can do that.

“The budget will then go to an Overview and Scrutiny meeting and comments will be made by those members.

“It will then go to the Full Council meeting and we will provide our own alternative budget and make comments on theirs. There isn’t a position for the leader of the opposition, just because somebody else did it in the past it doesn’t mean I have to, I am my own person.”

People are encouraged to submit their views by Sunday, February 15.