Green light for fire engine feature

An artist impression
An artist impression
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Plans to showcase Leyland’s historic vehicles in a glass case have now been given the go-ahead by South Ribble Council – and the feature could appear on TV.

Members of the planning committee officially signed off the proposal last week, meaning a range of vehicles can soon be displayed outside the The Leyland Hotel, facing Leyland Way.

The first vehicle to go in the case will be a 1938 Leyland fire engine, which is housed at the Commercial Vehicle Museum.

Coun Phil Smith, cabinet member for regeneration and healthy communities, said: “The regeneration team have been working on this for a long time.

“It will be unique in the country, and Marketing Lancashire thinks it will be all over the TV.”

Discussions about when and how the installation will be carried out will start at the council this week, and it is hoped that the next ‘Made in Leyland’ gateway feature will be showcased by the end of the summer.

Planning documents supporting the scheme say: “This location has been selected as a high profile access into Leyland, which should reach the best possible audience, whilst ensuring protection to the unique exhibits within.

“Maintenance is not expected to be a major issues but an agreement to this end has been made with the British Commercial Vehicle Museum.

“This proposal, alongside its counterpart exhibits, aims to bring a sense of identity and cohesion to South Ribble’s main town.

“Public art helps to identify gateways to Leyland, whilst enhancing the character of the area from a visual perspective.”

Four site notices were posted and 49 neighbouring properties were consulted on the proposals, but no representations were submitted.