Chorley pedestrians can walk easy after footpaths are mended

SORTED: County Coun Steve Holgate on the new flags on Letchworth Drive
SORTED: County Coun Steve Holgate on the new flags on Letchworth Drive
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Potholed pavements that have caused problems for residents in Chorley have finally been fixed.

Footpaths on Letchworth Drive, Chorley, have been in need of repair for a number of years.

The paths are just the start of a large scheme which will see Lancashire County Council and Chorley Council helping to improve the town centre.

And £30,000 was spent on the resurfacing of the paths.

Patterned flags have been included approach the drop kerbs to help the partially sighted.

County Coun Steve Holgate, who lobbied for the repairs in the area, said: “The pavements between here and the town centre are used regularly by many people accessing the town centre.

“They were becoming a real hazard and I don’t think they had been touched in the areas for 50 years.”

Coun Holgate felt the repairs were a necessity and he hopes to target other areas in Chorley.

He added: “This kind of investment is badly needed, I know the roads are important but pavements are my most immediate priority.

“I now intend to press for repairs to be undertaken to pavements between Devonshire Road and Market Street. These are used regularly by people accessing many GP surgeries, chemists, shops and the local post office.”

Andrew Burrows, highways manager for Chorley, said: “We’ve just completed a £30,000 scheme to resurface and improve the pavements on Letchworth Drive.

“We are also planning improvements to sections of the footways on Gillibrand Street, Avondale Road and Regent Road and will be looking to complete more works on Devonshire Road and surrounding streets in the future.

“We will be starting a major scheme in partnership with Chorley Council to improve the look and feel of Market Street later in the summer.

“This will continue from the current works at the Pall Mall junction down towards Halliwell Street.

“The scheme will improve the environment along Market Street for both shoppers and businesses, creating an attractive and vibrant route between the new Asda store and the town centre.”