Ryan Powell | Youth Work Manager

Chorley Youth Zone (Opens April 2018)

Tel: 07725120934

Website: www.inspireyouthzone.org

Twitter: @inspireyz

We are looking for a group of young people with a keen interest in filming/acting to help create a Christmas promotion video. If you have any young people that would like to volunteer in producing this, please let me know as soon as possible by emailing Ryan Powell [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]. 


Our current development group is looking to expand, we are looking for any young people aged 8 – 19 that would like thier voice to be heard and have an input into Chorley Youth Zone, with opportunity to represent Chorley on a more national scale. The group will be meeting bi-weekly and it’s a great opportunity to meet other young people. 



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VISITORS to Chorley Markets will get a new market experience from Tuesday 4 July as stalls from the Flat Iron are moved to the streets of the town centre.

Chorley Council is relocating stalls from the Tuesday market to the streets to enable the next phase of work to begin on the Flat Iron in preparation for the construction of the extension to Market Walk.

Everyone’s favourite stalls will continue to trade in Chorley but they will now be lining Fazakerley Street, Chapel Street, New Market Street, Cleveland Street and the bottom half of High Street every Tuesday.

The move will also see the taxi rank that is usually located at the bottom of High Street, moving just around the corner to Cleveland Street, opposite the old post office building, every Tuesday.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council with responsibility for the town centre, said: “Over the last few months we have been trialling market stalls along Chapel Street and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with many people saying they like seeing a street market in Chorley.

“All of the usual stalls will be trading but they will be spread out over a few streets, including stalls along the newly revamped Fazakerley Street, which is part of our plans to improve the public realm in the town centre.

“The move is something that will be in place for the foreseeable future while preparation and construction work takes place on the Flat Iron to build the extension to Market Walk and we would encourage visitors to come and explore the new market layout and the rest of Chorley town centre.”

In addition to the completed public realm improvements to Fazakerley Street, work is also ongoing to improve Theatre Walk, which runs between Peter Street and Market Street, and improvements have been made to the Steeley Lane area.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience with the town centre redevelopment work so far but we’re asking people to please continue to bear with us and to continue to shop and visit Chorley,” added Coun Bradley.

“When the redevelopment of the town centre is complete, people will see a retail and leisure offer that builds upon the fantastic independent traders that we already have in town.  The council is investing £17 million in the town centre with the aim of supporting and developing the local economy through revitalising the town centre.”

For more information on the new market layout including a map, visit chorley.gov.uk/markets


Regarding surface dressing works to be done beginning 10th July, 2016



What is to be done to the road?

The road is to be SURFACE DRESSED - an exceptionally quick process whereby a layer of bitumen (tar) and then a layer of chippings are applied to the surface. In this way the skid resistance of the road surface is increased, and the life of the road is prolonged because it is sealed against the entry of water.

What is involved?

First the road will be swept clean. The surface will then be sprayed with a bitumen binder. This will be followed by the application of a layer of stone chippings. These chippings will be pressed into the bitumen binder by a road roller. The road surface will be swept again within 24 hours of completion of the work, with a final sweep approximately 14 days afterwards. All lining, including disabled bay and resident H-bar markings, will be replaced after the 14 day sweep.

What precautions should be taken?

  1. There will be 'NO PARKING' during the days we are working. If you need help in getting in or out of your property, please ask the operatives or traffic management team on site for assistance.

Yellow 'NO PARKING' signs will be erected prior to the works starting. These signs will provide information on date and time of work.

  1. There will be 'Speed reduction' signs in place for the duration of the work and until the final sweep has taken place. We advise that you keep to the indicated speed limit until the signs are removed.
  1. Before getting into your car or entering your home, please check that you and your family do not have bitumen on your shoes; it may be necessary to remove them before entering your property.
  1. If, in spite of these precautions, you get bitumen on your clothes or shoes, it can be removed with a proprietary cleaner.
  1. In the case of business premises, we are obliged to maintain access, but as there are no practical ways in which we can cover the treated surfaces and cannot prevent people from walking on them, we suggest you place a temporary covering inside your premises.

Pack up your picnics and head to Chorley’s Astley Park on Sunday 25 June for an afternoon of free fun and entertainment as Sid and Rebecca from the popular CBeebies’ show, Let’s Play, head to the town’s annual Picnic in the Park event.

Chorley Council has teamed up with Rock FM to bring the fantastic annual family stage show to Astley Park with performances from Sid and Rebecca, children’s entertainers, top local bands, singers, and more.

The fun starts at 12 noon and will also feature lots of fun activities for children including, sports, games, arts and crafts, football challenges with Chorley Football Club, meet the animals of Pets Corner and not forgetting the opportunity to explore Astley Hall and the exhibitions in Astley Farmhouse.

Chris Sinnott, Director of Policy and Governance with responsibility for events at Chorley Council, said: “Acts from CBeebies have always proved popular with families at our annual Picnic in the Park event so we’re really excited that Sid and Rebecca from CBeebies and other exciting acts and entertainers will be coming to Astley Park on Sunday 25 June.

“Picnic in the Park is a fantastic event and we’ve planned lots of activities throughout the afternoon, including two performances from Sid and Rebecca, an amazing children’s entertainer and some great up and coming bands and singers.  There will also be lots of other great activities for everyone to have a go at, including some Get Up and Go games.

“Come rain or shine, there will be lots going on between 12 noon and 4pm to keep the little ones entertained, so pack up your picnic goodies and come and sing and dance along to Rock FM’s family stage show.”

Anyone driving to Picnic in the Park is being encouraged to be considerate of the residents of Astley Village and either park at Woodlands car park on Southport Road and use the Ackhurst Lodge entrance to Astley Park or park at one of the town centre car parks, which are free on Sundays and are only a short walk from the Park Road or Queens Road entrances to Astley Park. Hallgate car park will be open for blue badge holders only.

Picnic in the Park is just one of the many events organised by Chorley Council to give local people and visitors a great day out in Chorley.  For more inspiration and ideas for a great day out, check out Chorley’s online visitor information centre, checkoutchorley.com


VISITORS to Chorley are being reminded that the town centre now has more free and cheaper parking spaces following the introduction of new tariffs on all council car parks.

Chorley Council has introduced the new parking tariffs to encourage drivers to use different car parks in the town centre as well as ensuring people continue to visit and shop in Chorley while redevelopment work takes place on the Flat Iron to extend Market Walk shopping centre.

The new parking tariffs will give people up to one hour parking for free on all short stay car parks, except the Flat Iron, and up to three hours free on all long stay car parks.  Those who wish to stay longer can park for up to four hours from as little as £1 or all day for just £3.50.

A two-hour maximum stay limit has also been introduced on the Flat Iron car park to increase turnover of spaces and encourage people to park on one of the many other car parks in the town centre for free or at low cost. 

The two-hour maximum stay on the Flat Iron is also applicable during the town’s usual free periods of parking including Saturdays 1pm to 5pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 8am to 5pm and a time of arrival ticket must be obtained from the car park machine.

The Chief Executive of Chorley Council, Gary Hall, said: “We have introduced the new parking tariffs to try and change people’s parking habits in Chorley town centre and to provide visitors with more free and cheaper parking options.

“Because the Flat Iron is the most central car park in Chorley, a lot of drivers head straight for it when they can park just a few minutes’ walk away for free or cheaper and for longer.  Yes, there is work taking place on the Flat Iron but we are trying to minimise disruption and it is important for the extension to Market Walk and the redevelopment of the town centre. 

“Changing the Flat Iron car park to a two-hour maximum stay car park is helping to free up spaces and it is important that people realise that this is applicable during the free periods on Saturdays after 1pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 8am and 5pm as well.

“Our advice is to download one of our parking maps showing where all the car parks are and check the parking tariff board carefully when obtaining a ticket, which you will need to do even in the free periods.”

For further information on car parking in Chorley town centre, please visit chorley.gov.uk/parking.


TWO national retailers are coming to Chorley to join the cinema in the town’s Market Walk shopping centre.

Marks & Spencer are set to bring an M&S Foodhall and fashion, accessories and home retailer, TK Maxx, are set to join Reel Cinema in the extension to Market Walk shopping centre, which is owned and managed by Chorley Council.

Alongside the cinema, the two retailers will take up over 75 per cent of the extension’s floor space giving shoppers even more choice in the town.  Discussions are ongoing with other retailers and food and beverage outlets to fill the remaining 25 per cent with further announcements expected in the coming months

Gary Hall, Chief Executive of Chorley Council, said: “This is a really exciting time for the Chorley borough and to have two leading national retailers coming to the town shows that people are seeing Chorley as a place they want to invest in.

“Both M&S Foodhall and TK Maxx offer customers great quality products and will add to and complement the fantastic independent and national retailers that are already here. 

“We are still in discussions about the exact layout of the new stores but it has taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage.  We are delivering what residents and visitors have told us they want to see so we can attract even more visitors into Chorley and boost the local economy.”

Rob Morray, Head of Property Planning at M&S said: “We’re excited to be bringing an M&S Foodhall to customers in Chorley.  The store will offer the very best of M&S’s quality food and drink, as well a café. The Collect in Store service will mean customers who purchase Clothing and Home from M&S.com can collect their products in store the very next day. We look forward to sharing more details about the store nearer to the time of opening.”

The extension to Market Walk shopping centre will see seven new units created including the three taken up by M&S, TK Maxx and Reel Cinema.

Chorley Council bought the Market Walk shopping centre in 2013 and planning permission was granted for the extension last year.

Initial ground preparation work for the extension to Market Walk has already started on the Flat Iron to ensure everything is in place for construction to begin later this year.  It is anticipated that the new stores and extension to Market Walk shopping centre will be completed by late 2018.


VISITORS to Chorley’s Tuesday market and Flat Iron car park will notice some further changes from this week as the market moves from its usual location to the opposite end of the Flat Iron and work begins on the new car park arrangement.

The move of the Tuesday market is part of Chorley Council’s preparation plans for the extension to Market Walk shopping centre and will coincide with the introduction of new parking tariffs on the Flat Iron and across all town centre car parks with new pay and display machines being installed.

This phase of the car park and public realm work is expected to last around two months and will restrict access to the parking area directly in front of Booths although the store will remain open for business with customers able to park on other sections of the Flat Iron as well as being offered free parking on alternative town centre car parks.

During this phase of work the car park will be reconfigured and a new two way entrance and exit close to Booths will be created along with a new trolley bay.

Gary Hall, Chief Executive of Chorley Council, said: “We want the extension of Market Walk to cause as little disruption as possible to existing businesses and visitors so it is important that we reconfigure part of the Flat Iron car park first and introduce new parking tariffs to encourage people to make full-use of all town centre car parks.

“This next stage of the Market Walk preparation work will see some car park spaces on the Flat Iron realigned and a new entrance and exit created to maximise the area and ensure people can continue to access the car park with ease.

“The Tuesday market and surrounding businesses will continue to operate as normal although the market will move temporarily.  Therefore we are urging people to continue to visit and shop in the town centre like they usually do.” 

From 1 May, a two-hour maximum stay limit was introduced on the Flat Iron car park during the enforceable hours of 8am and 5pm for all motorists, including blue badge holders, to increase the turnover on the car park and encourage people to change their parking habits.

“We recognise these ground and building works will affect the number of spaces on the Flat Iron car park so we have changed the car park to a two hour maximum stay to try to free up as many spaces as possible,” added Mr Hall.

“For anyone who wishes to stay longer than two hours, there are plenty of alternative car parks close by and from 15 May we will be introducing more free and cheaper parking on all of our short and long stay car parks.”

People visiting Chorley town centre from Monday 15 May will be able to park on any short stay car park for free for up to one hour or park for up to three hours for just £1 with the exception of the Flat Iron car park. 

Or if visitors wish to stay longer, they can park on any long stay car park for free for up to three hours, for just £1 for up to four hours and all day for £3.50.  Whether people park for free or pay the tariff they will still need to display a ticket in their car.

Parking machines and tariff boards will be updated at all town centre car parks.  A full list of these car parks and more details can also be found at chorley.gov.uk/parking.


Read the April 2017 Consumer Report here.



RESIDENTS in Chorley are being urged to make sure they are aware of changes to their waste collections as the new service starts from 1 May.

A new opt in service is being introduced for garden waste collections to cover the huge funding gap that Chorley Council, which collects your rubbish, says ‘is a step too far’.

And the other major change being made will see paper and cardboard collected mixed together from your brown bin.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We have contacted every household in the borough to inform them of what’s happening but we just wanted to remind people that the changes are now starting to take place.

“People will receive their final recycling collections under the old system during the last two weeks in April so it’s important people start to follow the new instructions in time for the collections changing on 1 May.

“If you haven’t already familiarised yourself with the changes please do so at chorley.gov.uk/bins and please check that your family, friends and neighbours are aware of what’s happening too so the change can be as smooth as possible.”

The new look waste collection service will mean from 1 May:

  • Everyone opting in to garden waste collections will receive a new grey bin and they will be emptied every fortnight – the service is £30 per year, per bin
  • For properties with brown bins these will be used for collecting paper and cardboard mixed together
  • The green boxes and black pods will be replaced and you can reuse these or take them to the tip
  •  If you don’t already have a brown bin you will be able to request one in May and you can continue using the box and pod in the meantime
  • The paper and cardboard collections will move to every four weeks as there is double the capacity in the brown bin compared to the box and pod
  • Collections for the green bin (general household waste) and blue bins (plastic bottles, glass and cans) will remain the same
  • If you have any brown bins you don’t need please contact us in May to request removal.

“We know everyone will now be keen to see how their collections have changed and you can check this at chorley.gov.uk/bins,” said Councillor Bradley.

“Essentially, your brown bin collection for paper and cardboard will be on your usual recycling collection day but will be collected once every four weeks.

“If you’ve opted in for the garden waste collections then we anticipate these will be collected on the same day as your blue bin – it’s important to note that there may be changes to the collection day for the grey bin in some parts of the borough due to the take up of the new service so it’s important you check online.

“If you ordered your grey bin before the end of March then it will arrive before the end of April, don’t worry if it hasn’t arrived yet, and the stickers for the bins will be sent out in time for the changeover on 1 May.

“Once we get towards the end of summer and the opt in for the garden waste service settles down we will look to issue every household with an updated waste collection calendar but they are available online now at chorley.gov.uk/bins.”

Full details of all the waste collection changes and the form to opt in are available at chorley.gov.uk/bins.


PLANS to introduce more parking in Chorley town centre have been agreed after Chorley Council purchased Oak House and the surrounding land to redevelop the site into a car park.

Oak House, which is on the corner of Market Street and High Street, is set to be demolished to make way for 28 parking spaces, which will add to the 19 spaces already created on the adjoining car park on the corner of High Street and Cleveland Street.

The plans do not affect Gala Bingo, which will remain open while the Oak House site is being developed.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “As part of the Market Walk extension scheme, we committed to providing sufficient car parking to support the new build and existing businesses and the purchase and redevelopment of Oak House is one of a number of options we are progressing.

“Oak House does have a lot of history behind it but inside it is now office space and is not fit for the purpose of modern day retailers or businesses.  Eventually, the plan is to create a civic square in that location but for now it will provide extra parking right in the centre of town, which people have said they want.

“We want to be ambitious for Chorley and give the residents of the whole borough a town centre that they can be proud of.  The work that is taking place at the moment, including developing Market Walk, creating Chorley Youth Zone and improving streets like Fazakerley Street, will make our town centre into a place where people want to spend their leisure time and do their shopping rather than going to neighbouring towns and cities.”

The council is also exploring a number of other options to further increase car parking in the town centre, including making the United Reform Church car park into a public car park and transforming the Apex House site on Arley Street into parking spaces and introducing a park and ride scheme, which is additional to the 54 spaces that have already been made available on Hollinshead Street. 

Additionally, people will start to see changes to Fazakerley Street in the town centre from next week as work starts on improving the street and replacing the paving from Tuesday 18 April.

“Our plans to improve the town centre are now taking shape with people starting to see work taking place,” added Councillor Bradley.

“What we’d encourage people to do is support us in this and shop local where you can – we can put investment in to improve the facilities but we need residents to come and spend their money here to support local traders, create new jobs and keep money in the local economy.”


DECORATED benches were installed in a number of locations across Chorley town centre in the lead up to the town’s popular annual festival of words.

The benches designed and decorated by local primary school pupils will play a major part in the What’s Your Story, Chorley?  event on Saturday 1 April and organised by Chorley Council and The Creative Network.

The works of art formed a Book Bench Trail through the town centre which people can enjoy in the run up to the event and for the week following. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, who oversees events for Chorley Council, said: “Our event, What’s Your Story, Chorley? is becoming increasingly popular each year. We have a range of fantastic contributors who will entertain families throughout the day at venues around the town centre.

“Also this year, for the first time, we have joined forces with Edge Hill University to create the book bench trail as an added dimension for people to enjoy.

“The youngsters at the schools have researched books and designed and decorated the benches which the schools have loaned to us for the trail. This is something new for Chorley and I would urge people to come along and have a look at their hard work – we have a lot of talented young artists in Chorley!

“The benches will be on display for a two week period, and there’s a trail quiz for youngsters which they can pick up from Chorley Library. Also, if people come along to Cleveland Street by the covered market on the day of What’s Your Story, Chorley? on Saturday 1 April, they will be able to help design and decorate a community bench of our own.”

Nigel Stewart, from The Creative Network, said: “The event this year will be our best yet with some first class authors, actors, storytellers, lyricists and musicians performing at venues across the town centre.

“This year as well, we’ll have the book benches as an added attraction and we are delighted to be also joined by the Cartwright Drama Studio, set up by internationally acclaimed writer and producer Jim Cartwright, and their youth group will be performing a mix of materials they have written themselves and published works at their studio in High Street from 2pm to 4pm. So the whole event promises to be a great day out for all the family.”

For more information about the event visit the website chorley.gov.uk, search for What’s Your Story, Chorley? 2017 on Facebook, or pick up a schedule from any of the venues:

  • Chorley Library, Union Street
  • Goodies Coffee Shop, Cannon Street
  • Royal Bank of Scotland, Market Street
  • The Buttonhole, Chapel Street
  • Bubble ‘N’ Shake, Market Street
  • Rosie Posies, Farrington Street
  • St Laurence’s Church, Union Street


VISITORS to a popular Chorley tourist attraction will soon benefit from better parking facilities as work begins on improving the car park at Yarrow Valley Country Park.

Chorley Council is investing £220,000 in a major upgrade of the car park to repair potholes, tidy the vegetation and increase the capacity by a third.

The work is part of improvements to the borough’s parks and open spaces and comes in response to suggestions from visitors.

Councillor Adrian Lowe, who oversees parks and open spaces at Chorley Council, said: “Yarrow Valley Country Park is becoming one of our most popular tourist attractions and it is important that we improve the car park so it is fit for purpose.

“We think most people will be pleased once the new car park is finished because there are currently lots of potholes and on busy days it can be hard to find a parking spot.

“Since we launched our Check Out Chorley campaign last year we’ve seen lots of new visitors to the park, which is home to a children’s play area, wonderful walks and is a haven for wildlife.”

The improvements will involve the loss of some lower quality trees and vegetation within the existing car park area to make room for 130 vehicles.

A sustainable approach is being taken with the new car park with the surface being a combination of tarmac and permeable gravel paving to avoid directly discharging additional surface water into the River Yarrow.

“This is part of our continued investment in the borough to make sure Chorley is a place people can be proud of,” said Councillor Lowe.

Work will start on Monday 27 March and the main car park area is expected to be completed by early June.  The work will be done in phases so that visitors can continue to use the car park while the work is ongoing.  The visitor centre, café and country park will remain open throughout.


A CHARITY which helps people get around the town celebrated its 21st birthday this week.

Chorley Shopmobility, supported by Chorley Council, provides wheelchairs and motorised scooters for people not just with disabilities, but for all people who struggle to get about.

It was opened on 29 November 1995 by the then Mayor of Chorley, Councillor George Birtill, and the current Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Doreen Dickinson was on hand to cut the cake at the celebrations this week (Tuesday 29 November).

Councillor Danny Gee, who is a trustee of Chorley Shopmobility, said: “It took over three years of hard fundraising before the unit could open and when it did open, it had four scooters, four wheelchairs and 260 people registered.

“Now we have 15 scooters for people all weights and a very large selection of wheelchairs suitable for children and adults, and our registration is now over 4400!

“We believe that people with any mobility difficulties whatsoever have the right to get out and about, whether it’s a disability, someone who’s pregnant, or someone with a broken leg. Our aim is to help everyone to come to Chorley meet friends, have a cup of tea/coffee, do their shopping etc instead of sitting at home and this is something that we are proud to have achieved - and it will also have helped with Chorley’s economy by enabling more people to come into the town centre.”

Chorley Shopmobility is a non-profitmaking registered charity which is based at the Flat Iron car park and is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm (closed Wednesdays). Scooters are also available from Chorley Interchange Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.



Chorley Heritage Centre is holding an Open Day on Saturday 9th July 2016 for all who have contributed in any way to the current exhibition, “Buckshaw Then and Now”.

Volunteers will be on duty at the Heritage Centre, in the upper gallery of Astley Hall Farmhouse, throughout the day from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

They hope you will be able to join us at some point on July 9th so that we can thank you for your involvement.

Chorley Heritage Centre’s normal opening times are from 12 noon – 3.30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Alongside historical information, the exhibition will feature art work done by Buckshaw Trinity Primary School and Runshaw College students, and it continues till the end of September 2016.



Parish Councillor Bell was the Mayor of Chorley from 2003/4.  An event was organised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first canal boat to come through the tunnels at Whittle-le-Woods. The boats only went to Walton Summit, then the load was transferred onto railway wagons, they went through to Preston then back onto canal boats to journey to Lancaster etc.