Sale of Local Landmark
A LOCAL landmark in Clayton-le-Woods could be secured to provide much-needed facilities in the community after it was put up for sale by its trustees.
St John's Parish Club, on Preston Road, has been a familiar sight to local people for generations and a group of local organisations is forming a partnership to purchase the site.
Clayton le Woods Parish Council is teaming up with Whittle Surgery and Chorley Council to put a bid together and retain the building as a focal point for residents.
Chairman of the Parish Council, Ray Ormston said: The parish club was built by the people of Clayton and Whittle in 1912 and we want to make sure it is put to good use for the benefit of the local community.
We successfully applied for the premises to be entered on the register of assets of community value and we now have six months to get the funding together to purchase the site
It will also enable the local GPs to secure their future on this site which is vitally important for the residents in this area.
The plan is to redevelop the site as a medical centre, community hub and parish council office.
Vice-chairman of the Parish Council Mark Clifford said. The pressure on the doctors surgery has been a concern for residents for some time and this plan will give it a long term future and provide enough space for them to grow and continue to meet the needs of the local community.
Chorley Council is backing the plan as it wants to see buildings like this retained for the benefit of the community.
Leader of Chorley Council, Councillor Alistair Bradley said: It is great to see the parish council taking a proactive approach to ensure the building remains a focal point for local residents and at the same time supporting the local GP surgery, which is an integral part of the community.
Too often we see buildings like this standing vacant or being used for different purposes but we can see the benefit of supporting this project, which is what local people want to see happen.
The move would help secure the future of the surgery and create more space so it becomes easier for people to access.
The strategic partnership now has six months to submit an offer to purchase the site.