Work has started on works to improve flood defences at a lake in a Chorley park.

It means that part of the footpath round Big Lodge at Yarrow Valley Country Park will be closed to visitors temporarily while the work is carried out.

Chorley Council, which owns the park, has appointed civil engineering contractors to carry out the work to the overflow to ensure the lodge doesn’t flood during heavy rain.

A temporary closure order for the footpath, Public Right of Way No 97, has been put in place, and the contractors will use a compound within the overflow car park while they carry out the masonry, concrete and footpath works along the reservoir auxiliary overflow on the southern side of the lodge.

Coun Bev Murray, who looks after parks for Chorley Council, said: “Unfortunately, the work will mean the closure of the footpath on the south side of the lodge, for about five weeks over the summer holidays.

“However, people will still be able to visit the park as normal and walk round the northern side of the lodge. They will also be able to get to the rest of the footpath network within Yarrow Valley.

“The Environment Agency has said the work has to be done and it needed to be done at the earliest opportunity, so we weren’t able to leave it until after the summer holidays.

“I would ask for people to please bear with us on this. It is being done to improve safety standards at the lodge.”