New plans are in place to turn Leyland’s historic police station into an Italian restaurant.
The Old Police Station building, which was transformed into Coppers Tea Rooms three years ago, is set to open to the public once again as steps are being taken to convert it into an eatery.
The man behind the venture is the director of the popular Fresco Fresco Italian restaurant in Croston.
He has applied to South Ribble Council to make some amendments to the opening hours of the Old Police Station.
The tea rooms closed in July this year after owner Pam Campbell complained about costly business rates and lack of customers coming through the door.
The family still owns the building though, which dates back to 1882, and they are in the process of drawing up a contract to lease out the property.
Pam said: “It will be nice to get it open to the public again.
“It’s quite exciting. It’s a beautiful building and it’s one of Leyland’s treasures. It should be open for all to enjoy.
“They’re lovely people at Fresco Fresco and I just really wish them all the luck and success. It will be a very good thing for Leyland.”
But she added: “They said that about Coppers when we opened, but we just weren’t getting people through the door.
“I hope that’s not the case now. Places tend to be busier at night so I really hope it works out.”
Leyland town centre councillor, Derek Forrest, is also pleased about the news.
“I would certainly welcome another business coming to Leyland,” he said. “Italian cuisine seems to be on the up at the moment.
“We want Leyland to be a flourishing centre, so if its future is in the restaurant industry, so be it.
“South Ribble as a whole is doing reasonably well for business.”
Coun Forrest added: “It would be good if they could incorporate an Italian ice cream parlour too, that would be something a bit different – bring a bit of European culture to Leyland.”