Work has started in Chorley town centre to refresh the look of retail buildings while training young people in construction.

Twenty-three businesses on Market Street have signed up to receive help from Chorley Council to make their shop fronts more visually appealing to town centre visitors.

The council is working with the social enterprise, Newground, to train young, unemployed people with skills in the construction industry as part of the refurbishment project.

The work will take approximately 16 weeks starting at Dickinson’s furniture shop and working up the street in three phases.

It will involve cleaning brickwork, replacing and re-painting window frames, repairing and re-painting render, gutter repairs and general cleaning to frontages.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Many of these buildings have been neglected above eye level for many years.

“By renewing the buildings, the street will be given a facelift and will look much more modern and appealing to visitors coming to Chorley to do their shopping.

“The project is also a great opportunity for young, unemployed people to gain skills and experience to get them used to give them a head start in their career.

Chorley Council is working with landlords to share the cost of works, the authority will cover the management costs and enablement works such as scaffolding as well as training equipment.

The businesses are responsible for the cost of materials and labour that they require.

Disruption will be kept to a minimum and businesses will be open as usual throughout.