Derelict land in Chorley plagued by vandalism and arson has been tidied up and made secure after intervention by the council.

The land, off Moor Road, was formerly allotments and is owned by house builders Persimmon Homes.

Neighbours’ complaints after an arson attack on July 27, which saw wooden cabins on the site razed to the ground, prompted the council to contact the owners urging them to tidy the site and make it secure.

Coun Terry Brown, who oversees neighbourhoods for the council, said: “Credit where credit is due, we contacted them and asked them to clear up the site and make it secure and they have. The site had also suffered from fly tipping and we had concerns that because it wasn’t secure, children would go on during the school holidays and could get injured.

“But now they have cleared the land of rubbish and installed a much more secure fence to stop people from going on the site.

“We will continue to work with Persimmon Homes regarding the future use of the site.”