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Shoppers to get new crossing Activities in libraries in West
A new ‘super crossing’ will be created across the by-pass in Chorley town centre to make it easier for visitors to get to the shops from the new Friday Street car park. Work is underway to construct the extra level on Friday Street and the next step will be to improve the route into the town centre for pedestrians. Work on the crossing will start on 20 August with it finished in time for the car park improvements ahead of the Christmas shopping period. Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’re making really good progress with all the car park work and we know it’s important that when we have all the extra spaces on Friday Street we make it as easy as possible for people to access the shops. “If you walk from the main shopping areas it is only a minute or two to walk to Friday Street but as you are crossing the by-pass and going under the railway line it seems a lot further. “The crossing will make it quicker for people to get across as they won’t have to wait as long at the lights and we’re also going to improve the route under the bridge to make it more attractive. “That coupled with the fact the new parking spaces will be wider than standard bays it will make Friday Street a popular place to park and when the extension is built the
shopping area will be even closer.” The work will mean people will cross the road in one go, rather than the current split crossing over the bypass, and the pavements will be wider and the carriageway a bit narrower to make it more pedestrian-friendly. “We appreciate people’s patience while all the work has been taking place but the good news the town centre has been really busy during this period and people can see Chorley town centre is open for business,” said Councillor Bradley. “We are looking to open some of the new spaces on Friday Street in October
with the car park fully re-opening and crossing works completed in November in time for the Christmas shopping period. “We are also on track to have the extended car park off Cleveland Street (adjacent to Gala Bingo) open in the coming weeks, which will all add much-needed spaces ahead of work starting on the extension.” The whole of Friday Street car park will be closed from today (Thursday 9 August) while more of the steelwork goes up with spaces re-opened as and when it is safe to do so over the coming weeks.
Lancashire over the summer
Libraries in West Lancashire are offering a wide variety of free activities over the summer that are suitable for families and adults alike. Visitors to Skelmersdale Library can enjoy a fortnightly Reading Cafe. Book lovers can drop in for a friendly chat about their favourite books and authors. A weekly Crafts and Chat session is also held at Skelmersdale Library. Craft lovers can pop along with their own unfinished craft items to complete them whilst sharing ideas and having a chat with others. A regular Family and Local History advice group is held at Ormskirk Library. Anyone needing advice with either family or local history can visit the library where members of the local Ormskirk and District Family History Society will help. Miles of Smiles is also held at Ormskirk Library for children up to the age of five years old. This is a stay and play session, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Ormskirk Library hosts a Creative Writing group on every third Wednesday of the month. Budding writers can join members of the Ormskirk Writers' Literary Society, to develop their writing skills. Burscough Library holds a Knit and Natter group every Friday. Your
level of skill doesn't matter, anyone interested can just come along to share tips and continue with their knitting. Lovers of board games could enjoy the weekly Saturday morning session at Burscough Library. Bring the family along and enjoy the board games available, or bring your own for others to enjoy as well. Libraries in the area also hold regular Toddler Rhyme Time and Storytime sessions. There are lots of Reading Groups which also meet regularly in our libraries. These groups are a great way to share a love of reading, and inspire others to read something different. County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We've got so many fun things to do during the holidays and beyond. There's much for families and adults to do, have fun or to learn something new. "Hopefully it is easy for people to take part in an activity that they enjoy on their doorstep whilst also getting the chance to socialise with others who enjoy doing the same activities. From crafts, knitting and creative writing to board games, there's so much to enjoy. "There's also many opportunities for adults to gain
support to learn new skills to help to apply for jobs, or to help them to use digital skills more in their life." Taking part in many of the activities will be free, to make them as easy and accessible as possible. Some could have a small charge to cover the costs of the materials to be used. There's no need to book many of the activities, you can just visit the library to join in. Booking a place will be essential for some of the activities, as ticket numbers are limited. For more information, to find out if costs apply and if booking is required phone 0300 123 6703, email library@lancashire. gov.uk or call in to a library in West Lancashire. All of the activities are offered in addition to the thousands of books that are available to borrow from each library. The titles are changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered. A variety of audio books and CDs are also available. Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions. For more information, go to www. lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.
Darwen Market Presents…
Free Summer Fun programme
Bring the children on Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Friday’s 10am – 2pm to Darwen Market Annexe Darwen Market is offering free family friendly activities during the summer holidays, running every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The sessions run from 10am – 2pm during the summer holidays in Darwen Market Annexe. The programme, provided by Crafty Vintage, is varied and changes every day. On Magical Monday’s expect to see magic shows, to learn magic, to take part in circus workshops or to play giant games. Workshop Wednesday’s will be more craft based you might learn a craft, learn to draw or paint or attend a talk on how to declutter your wardrobe! Funky Fridays are a party day, attend DJ school, a silent disco or play retro games and even take part in a talent contest for local young people with prizes to be won! Cllr Phil Riley, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: We are pleased to be working with Crafty Vintage to bring the Free Summer Fun programme to Darwen Market. Everyone is welcome to
come along and join in with the activities that are on offer. Laura Johnson from Crafty Vintage has been delighted by the take up so far. She said: The number of families that came along this week was fantastic and the activities have gone down really well. We have had craft sessions to make trinket boxes that people could take home with them, as well as an impromptu ukulele
singalong. The children were thrilled! The mornings have been busiest so far, but we have more capacity, so I would encourage people to keep coming along! Why not meet friends for a browse round the fantastic market? Have a coffee or lunch and let the children be entertained with the activities on offer. The full programme can be found on www.darwentowncentre.co.uk.