Council Tax Frozen as Council Makes Market Walk Profit

Market Walk

Following the acquisition of Market Walk Shopping Centre, Chorley Council have already received £160,000 profit from the popular shopping centre.

Next year the Council is set to receive in excess of £400,000 profit.

Thanks to the income created through Market Walk and other revenue sources, the Labour controlled Chorley Council will freeze it’s element of your council tax this year. In addition, the council will invest just over £1m in services in the community.

Your local Conservatives voted against the purchase of Market Walk – ignoring the opportunity to raise revenue, with no plan to address the huge cuts in government funding of 13% for Chorley Council.

Buckshaw Parkway Access

Buckshaw Parkway

Lindsay Hoyle MP has joined forces with Astley & Buckshaw prospective candidate Matthew Lynch, to urge Network Rail to open up a new pedestrian access to Buckshaw Parkway Railway Station.

With only one access from the Buckshaw Village side, those people wishing to use the station from Euxton Lane have to take a significant detour which could be resolved with a new pedestrian access created.

Commenting on the issue, Lindsay Hoyle said:

I have been working with Matthew to help local residents who wish to access the station from the Euxton Lane side and believe it would make sense for Network Rail to open up a new access route to the station. Since its opening, Buckshaw Parkway has proved to be extremely popular and as we wish to encourage more people to use trains we should make access to the station as convenient as possible.

Local Train Track Electrification Update

Chorley Railway Station

Lindsay Hoyle recently met with Network Rail and First Transpennine to discuss the proposals for electrification of the Preston to Manchester line and the impact this will have on bridge and road closures.

He said:

I am particularly keen to ensure that we keep disruption to a minimum to local communities with road closures.

I know that more work has to be done in re-routing bus services and I will ensure that local residents are kept informed of all planned work.

Number Crunching: The Truth on Labour Debt

UK Net Borrowing


It’s official. David Cameron and George Osborne have now borrowed more in the three years since May 2010 than Labour did over 13 years, according to public sector finance figures published recently.

This is the cost of their economic failure and the three damaging years of flat-lining and falling living standards we have seen since the General Election.

David Cameron and George Osborne are now set to break their promise to balance the books by 2015 and borrowing is forecast to be over £200 billion more than planned simply to pay for the costs of their economic failure.

This failure to balance the books means the next Labour government will have to make difficult decisions on spending, but we will make different choices to secure a strong and sustained recovery that delivers rising living standards for the many, not just for the few.

Labour will get the deficit down and do so in a fairer and more balanced way.

Lindsay Hoyle Petitions for Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

West Pennine MoorsLindsay Hoyle MP has conducted a petition to help lobby the government to designate the vast area of the West Pennine Moors to the East of Chorley as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Following the attempts by local developers to create a wind farm along the moorland in the area, Lindsay Hoyle decided to consult residents about the future of this area.

He said:

We’re really lucky to have this Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty on our doorstep. The scenery and landscape around here is just as impressive as the Trough of Bowland or the Lake District and residents have made their support clear.

Once we’ve collated all the signatures, I hope to present our petition to the Minister of State.

Hopefully, this will secure our local countryside for many years to come as well as attract more people to enjoy our local environment.