Chorley Council set to purchase former Stagecoach depot

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Chorley’s former Stagecoach bus depot could be bought by Chorley Council in order to free up a prime location in the town’s centre.

The council’s executive has approved the proposed purchase of the depot on Eaves Lane, which has been vacant since the company relocated its Chorley operation.

The Eaves Lane depot has been historically used for bus storage, repairing and cleaning. It has high sliding doors suitable for large vehicles to be stored and repaired, repairing trenches built in and offices, toilets, a canteen and kitchen facilities, as well as room for parking within the 0.6-acre site.

The local authority hopes to base its own depot at the site, which would in turn free up the council’s Bengal Street depot.

Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “The former bus depot ticks all the boxes for us.

“We could move into it almost straight away and use it as our depot; it’s next to Tatton Community Centre which we already own and so improves our assets in that area; but more importantly for us it gives us the chance to free up a prime location in the town centre.

“This would then give us so many options as we seek to develop and improve the town centre with the Market Walk extension.

“We’ve been looking at our Bengal Street site for a number of years now, at how we can make the most of its location. We’ve looked at alternative places to move our depot to, but none of the alternatives have really been suitable.”