Shoppers and businesses will start to get a glimpse of some of the changes to Chorley town centre as preparation work begins on redeveloping the Flat Iron to accommodate the extension to Market Walk shopping centre.
Over the next few months, Chorley Council will begin a trial of relocating some market stalls from the Flat Iron market to Chapel Street on the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the Food and Craft Market.
The trials will begin on Saturday 11 March and continue on Saturdays 8 April and 13 May with shoppers able to visit a wide range of stalls that are usually only in the town centre on a Tuesday.
The bigger changes to the Flat Iron markets will come after Easter when the entire Flat Iron Tuesday market will move to the opposite end of the Flat Iron car park on Tuesday 18 April before gradually relocating along Chapel Street, Cleveland Street and Fazakerley Street from June onwards.
The work to reconfigure the Flat Iron car park is being done in phases to mini...
Important news about changes to your waste collections.
Chorley Council are going to be making significant changes to your household waste collection. This is due to Lancashire County Council withdrawing the £1million subsidy we receive for recycling and the ongoing reduction in grant from central government.
Summary of changes
Domestic/non-recyclable waste collections (green bin) and plastics, cans and glass (blue bin) will not change.
Garden waste collections will be a chargeable, voluntary opt-in scheme from 1 May. Collections will be fortnightly.
Paper and cardboard will be collected mixed together from a bigger bin every four weeks from May.
Garden waste collections
A charge will be introduced for garden waste collections from 1 May of £30 per year, per bin - this works out at £1.20 per collection.
You will have to sign up to receive the new service on or after 1 March – a link will be provided here at the time.
Support for Chorley’s young people is ‘building’ as Progress Housing Group backs Inspire Youth Zone with Founder Patron support.
Progress Housing Group which is based in Leyland, Lancashire manages nearly 11,000 homes across the UK and has been delivering housing related services to communities for over 20 years. The housing group’s vision is to have a positive impact on people and communities by providing high quality homes, supporting independence and creating opportunities. As part of this commitment, they are supporting this new initiative in Chorley which will have a positive impact on thousands of young people’s lives.
Opening in spring 2018, Chorley Youth Zone, named ‘Inspire’ by the town’s young people, is fast becoming a reality with the demolition of the Leigh Arms pub well underway and building work commencing following the Ground Breaking ceremony at the Railway Street site last month.
The Youth Zone is being backed by Chorley Council and Lancashire County Council, whil...
The A&E department at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital will re-open from today for 12 hours per day (8am-8pm). It's down to the campaigning of the many residents that have been out in force each Saturday, Chorley Council and the MP that they've been able to get the service back earlier than the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust had originally planned.
An urgent care centre will also now be open 24 hours per day on site but Chorley Council will continue to push for a 24/7 A&E and they need your continued support to make that happen! Please share with family and friends so everyone is aware and can offer support.
Please see the below information from NHS Chorley and South Ribble and NHS Greater Preston CCGs.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) and related conditions such as Myalgic Encephalopathy/ Chronic fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) are a major cause of pain, ill health and disability. In Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston, we currently commission these services through a variety of providers. An ongoing review of the current services and patient feedback has highlighted that the current delivery model can be complicated, disjointed and lengthy often requiring multiple handovers between different providers.
The CCGs intend to streamline and improve the quality of patient journeys, improve patient experience and provide equitable services across Chorley, South Ribble and Preston, whilst empowering and supporting people to self-manage their own health as much as possible.
As CCGs we have a responsibility to commission the best quality care for all patients across our localities and with this in mind,...
A major development of the Cuerden strategic site at the start of the M65 could create thousands of new jobs and bring furniture giant IKEA to Lancashire.
The development could also attract other well-known national retailers, major employers, restaurants, offices and housing, along with cycling and walking routes and new green spaces, subject to planning permission.
Lancashire County Council and its development partners Eric Wright Group and Brookhouse Group are running a public consultation on the plans, starting with public exhibitions next week, in advance of a planning application being submitted.
The development is one of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal's major projects and has the potential to generate significant economic and employment benefits for the area, including:
Creation of more than 4,500 new jobs at the site.
80,000 sq m of new industrial space, comprising of a range of separate units with ancillary offices.
The Safe Trader Scheme is operated by Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service and its aim is to assist residents of Lancashire to find reputable traders for property repairs, home improvements, gardening services, mobility aids and other services around the home.
Whilst Lancashire County Council Trading Standards do not approve traders, the aim of the Scheme is to reassure consumers by providing advice and information on employing a trader and providing a list of current Scheme members. Businesses registered with the Scheme have all demonstrated their commitment to fair and honest trading by signing up to our Code of Practice and agreeing to work with us to resolve any problems should they occur. They have pledged to deliver good customer service and to collect feedback from customers to confirm this.
Councillors will be pressing hospital bosses to reinstate Chorley’s A&E as a matter of urgency after an independent report into its closure today reveals that it could re-open on a part-time basis.
The report, requested by local politicians, states that ‘more could be done to re-open the department sooner’ and that the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust should communicate better with residents and stakeholders.
The review team also agrees with a number of points made by Chorley Council, including the increased pressure it has put on neighbouring hospitals, meaning residents are having to wait longer to get treated.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We welcome the report and its findings and a lot of what the clinicians say is in line with what we have been saying all along.
“We certainly welcome the recommendation to re-open the A&E on a part-time basis but I don’t personally see why we need to wait until January as the report clearly states that the cu...