Improvements have been completed to one of Chorley’s major town centre car parks.

Fleet Street short stay car park has now been reopened after undergoing resurfacing and extension work as part of the ongoing investment to make the town centre more appealing to visitors.

The car park, owned and operated by Chorley Council, has now been extended to cover the area behind the new business outlets on Market Street and a new tarmac surface has been laid to even out the land.

Coun Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council said: “It has been noted that the surface quality of the car park has deteriorated in recent years creating numerous pot holes and becoming an eye sore therefore it was necessary to make the improvements.

“This is part of a project of work that we are undertaking to resurface three of our town centre car parks. We understand a car park is the first place visitors see on arrival of the town so it is important to make sure that first impressions count and that the car parks do our town justice.”

The parking area behind the new shops on Market Street which was running on a temporarily free basis will now work on the same pay and display system as the Fleet Street short stay, however 12 new ‘free for 30 minute’ bays have been created along Gillibrand Street for use to people coming to the town centre for quick visit.

An additional pay and display machine will be installed shortly along with further improvements to the surrounding area.

Work has begun to resurface the Flat Iron car park which will be done in sections starting with the side closest to Booths.