Road Closure

Church Lane is scheduled for resurfacing between the period of Monday 5th June until Tuesday 4th July between the hours of 6:00-17:00, or until completion of the resurfacing. The proposed dates for the road closure are 26th & 27th June with the roadworks to be active from 9:15-15:00 to minimise disruption to residents & local businesses. However these are subject to change.

An alternative route for vehicular traffic affected by the closure is Preston Road – Chorley Lane and vice versa.

Road Closure

Neargates is scheduled for road repairs between the period of Tuesday 30th May until Friday 9th June between the hours of 6:00-18:00, or until completion of the repairs. No proposed dates for the works have been received as of yet.

As Neargates is a cul-de-sac there is no alternative route for vehicular traffic.

Mossie Close Play Area

The Parish Council has received some funding from Chorley Council which they are planning to use on PHASE III enhancements to Mossie Close Play Area, at the rear of the houses on Leeson Avenue and Willow Drive, and would like to determine the views of the residents, all school children and young people of Charnock Richard on the following suggestions:

  • The inclusion of a Multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA) on the site. An area with a hard tarmac surface which would meet the needs of multiple sports within one play area whether it is netball, football, hockey, cricket or basketball.


  • A Zip-Wire, a Viking Swing, a See-Saw, and a Rocking Horse.

It is hoped that the provision of either of these schemes, will add to the existing play provision, will enhance the leisure, play and amenities available to the young people of the Parish and, will make Mossie Close Play Area an all-age inclusive play space for Charnock Richard.

You can download the feedback form below and return it to a Parish Councillor, School, Scouts & Guides,


Your views can be forwarded in writing, or by email to:

Mrs C A Cross -Clerk to the Parish Council
321 Preston Road


Thank you in advance for taking the time to consider these proposals and respond to them.

Mill Lane Planters

The Mill Lane Gateway into Charnock Richard was perceived by the Parish Council as a problem spot, at it’s junction with Preston Road the vacant land was being used for a number of purposes that didn’t enhance the area, firstly it was being used as a car park for commuters who were co-sharing transport and wanted to avoid parking on the motorway service area and secondly it was being used to display and advertise cars for sale.

The Parish Council decided on a project that had a dual purpose to deter both the nuisance parking and car sale pitch and would introduce a splash of colour to this gateway into Charnock Richard , this was to install a row of flower planters.IMG_20160625_143603

It took a couple of on site meeting by councillors, who were able and available to attend, to kick-start the project. Councillor Taylor drew up plans that were submitted to Chorley B.C.
Some investigation work to determine the whereabouts of underground cables ,that supplied local street lighting was carried out by Councillor Hill. Oak railway sleepers were purchased locally from Rustic Touch in Charnock Richard.

The site was cleared by Councillor Shaw with his mini-digger, who set up a new track breaking record , I’m sure he will be only to glad to explain this feat over a pint if you catch him at the bar.
The planters were assembled on site by the Mill Lane Planters team of Councillors Heaton,Cheetham,Almond and Shaw who also had the responsibility of filling the planters with soil driving the only String Controlled multi-directional dumper still in current service in the UK.

Our Lengthsman Gordon Yates supplied the floral display that you currently see in the planters and Councillor Cheetham added the finishing touches with a coat of wood stain.
The project whilst vastly improves the vacant plot at Mill Lane and adds a splash of colour to this gateway to the village is not quite complete as a small area to the west of the planters needs a little more work to deter nuisance parking but this will be completed in the near future.

Mel Almond

A Green Flag for Yarrow Valley

Green flags are flying high over Chorley as its popular parks and recreation grounds won national recognition for their quality and standards.

Astley Park, Yarrow Valley County Park, Withnell Local Nature reserve, and Tatton and Coronation recreations grounds once again met the tough standards put in place by Green Flag Awards, an organisation that inspects parks and open spaces across the country.

Green Flag Awards 2016 compressedCouncillor Adrian Lowe, who looks after parks and open spaces for Chorley Council, said: “I am delighted that our parks and recreation grounds have once again won the recognition they deserve. I’d like to thank all the community groups and volunteers and of course our own staff for their hard work and dedication which has resulted in achieving the extremely high standards needed to win Green Flag awards. It is by working together that we ensure our parks and recreation grounds are places people can enjoy and can be proud of.”

It is the 11th consecutive year that Yarrow Valley Country Park has won the Green Flag Award. Withnell and Tatton have now won it for eight consecutive years, Astley Park for the fifth year and Coronation Rec for the second.

The Green Flag Awards, now in their 20th year, are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Yarrow INNS Project

INNS vol poster (1)Regular conservation volunteers, and pretty much anyone who likes to get into the great outdoors, will be familiar with Himalayan Balsam and its ability to take over vast areas of woodlands and River Banks. Pretty as it pink flowers may be, it is one of a number of unwanted, non-native weeds threatening to take over our countryside. Over the next two years we will be leading a coordinated attack on Himalayan Balsam and other non-native weeds in the Yarrow Valley Area, from Adlington to Bamber Bridge.

Removing invasive weeds is a vital conservation task and we need your help to make a real impact. The bad news is there is a lot of Balsam to remove, the good news is, it’s a pretty easy to plant to pull up, so no special skills are needed and while volunteers will need to be reasonably physically active it is a job where you can work at your own pace, so is not overly arduous.

As well as the regular days listed below there will be other sessions at various locations throughout the summer. Children accompanied by adults or more than welcome, Balsam pulling is a great introduction to conservation  and volunteering and may help parents or grandparents occupy days during the long summer holidays!

Areas affected:
Mondays – Leeds Liverpool Canal, Wheelton.
Tuesdays – Worden Park, Leyland
Wednesdays – Fox Hole Wood, Chorley
Fridays – Cuerden Valley County Park

All volunteer days run from 10am – 3pm (volunteers are welcome to join just AM or PM sessions should they wish)

For more details and meeting points etc. please contact:
Chris Taylor
Phone: 07967820744
Facebook Page

Road Closure – Roadworks

Lancashire County Council will be performing resurfacing works to Chorley Lane.  The work is currently scheduled for Tuesday 28th June & Wednesday 29th June. (Subject to change). However, please expect Chorley Lane to be closed between Monday 20th June-Friday 29th July. The whole of Chorley Lane will be closed whilst the work is taking place between 7:00am-5:00pm.

An alternative route for traffic is: A49 Preston Road – B5251 Spendmore Lane – New Road – Coppull Road – Yarrow Valley Way

Please click here for a full size map of the diversion.

roadworks june 16 plan


Balsam Bashing

Borough Councillor Paul Leadbetter has organised a second year of Balsam Bashing along Sharratt’s Path. Himalayan Balsam is an extremely invasive weed & a single plant can spread its seeds 22ft away!
balsamPlease stop by to help out on Monday 20th June from 18:30 to help out, even if you can only spare 5 minutes it will make all the difference.
Everyone is to meet at the Charnock Richard end of the path and walk down to meet up with the rest of the group. More information can be found on the Facebook page.