The Chorley Pals Memorial site on the Flat Iron in Chorley will be fenced off from Wednesday 11th July for about a month.
The area around the memorial to the town’s ‘Pals’ Company in The Great War is to undergo a major redevelopment, making it more accessible to an ever growing number of visitors since it was unveiled in February 2010.
New and wider paths, lawns and low level hedges will be laid whilst benches and interpretation boards will also be added to an enlarged site, with land being donated by Chorley Council.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the work will be carried out by a private contractor although some of the initial groundworks, such as removing the existing bushes and trees will be carried out by Chorley Council staff over the next week as part of the Council’s support for the wider Chorley Remembers project.
Commenting on the work, Chorley Pals Memorial Secretary & Trustee Steve Williams says “We must apologise for the statue being blocked off but wanted to wait until after the ceremony on the 1st July to start work. Once completed, we believe the site be a credit to the town as well as enhancing the memorial to the Pals”.