Visitors to Chorley town centre are being urged to avoid the town’s Flat Iron car park as improvement works to it will start next Monday, June 16.

The car park will be resurfaced in sections so it will remain open, but motorists are advised to use one of the many other car parks to avoid any disruption.

While the Booths part of the car park is improved and resurfaced, the Flat Iron market will move to the other half of the car park when it stands on Tuesdays.

The newly-resurfaced Fleet Street car park, opened temporarily for the Chorley Carnival weekend, will be white-lined and is expected to re-open fully next week. Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “Our car parks often provide a first impression of the town, which is why we are resurfacing those that are in need of repair.

“Inevitably there will be disruption while we work on the Flat Iron car park but we do have plenty of other car parks very close to the shops so we’re urging people to use an alternative while the work is carried out.

“You’ll still be able to use parts of the Flat Iron car park but it will be busier than usual while parts are closed so it’d be quicker parking elsewhere and making a short walk rather than queuing to find a spot on the Flat Iron.”

The Flat Iron car park resurfacing will be done in four stages with work due to be completed by September 1 – attention will then turn to Portland Street car park which will be closed for three weeks in September.