Help to revamp Chorley high street stores
6:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
Town centre shop owners have been urged to work together to improve the visual appeal of some neglected shop fronts.
As part of the initiative to re-open Market Street, Chorley Council is looking to spruce up the shops fronts, particularly the areas above shop level, to make the street more attractive.
After carrying out visual surveys to identify the properties in need of the most work, a representative from Newground is consulting with owners of the businesses identified to explain the proposals and incentives available. Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We have studied the cost implications carefully and we have decided that the authority will be able to pay for all of the scaffolding required and the management of the works.
“This is because the scaffolding can often be a very large proportion of the overall working cost and it is a crucial element in order to maintain safety and the overall success of the scheme.
“There will also be an option for the businesses to spread the cost of the improvements over a twelve-month period in order to make the repayments more affordable, which will hopefully persuade as many businesses as possible to get involved and take part in the project.”
The council will work with Newground on the scheme, who have experience in external improvements such as painting window frames, removing old peeling paint from brickwork and patching and painting render and removing weeds.
“Not only will this tie in with the improvement works on Market Street to re-open it to traffic, it will also coincide with the work the council is doing to refurbish the derelict former McDonald’s site, which has been a blot on the landscape for many years,” said Councillor Wilson.
“Since we bought the property last year we have cleared the area at the back to create a temporary space for car parking and work is now on-going to transform the site and make it into new shop units that have already attracted significant interest from businesses.”
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