Chorley’s iconic Big Lamp will be moved to a pedestrianised area as the roundabout where it stands is being developed into a traffic light junction.

It will be placed close to the Big Lamp Chippy near the junction and will be surrounded by benches allowing visitors to make use of it as a social meeting point.

The relocation comes as work on renovations to Market Street continues in preparation for the opening of the new Asda superstore which will be finished later this year.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “I’m aware that there have been concerns about where the Big Lamp will be moved to and I would like to reassure everybody that the lamp will be moved to a landscaped seated area not far from where it is currently placed, allowing visitors to enjoy the big lamp closer up.

As part of the development, four new retail units on Market Street are now complete and new businesses will be moving in within the next few weeks.

The £350,000 revamp of the former McDonald’s site on Market Street which began in November last year, the hoarding is now ready to be removed revealing three modern retail units and a kiosk.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council said: “The former McDonald’s site has been a real eyesore in the town centre for many years and now that it has been redeveloped by the council, it brightens up the street and provides the opportunity for new businesses to set up with support from us.

“We are still in talks about which businesses will be going into the units but the council is really keen to get businesses into the town centre that will increase Chorley’s offer.”