Leyland town centre improvement plans given the green light

LANDSCAPE: Leyland Town centre's Hough Lane is one of the areas due a revamp
LANDSCAPE: Leyland Town centre's Hough Lane is one of the areas due a revamp

Plans for the improvement of the heart of Leyland have been given a boost as £25,000 was approved for an appraisal and design work for the town centre.

The cash green light was given by South Ribble Council cabinet members. It has been described as “fantastic news for the local businesses and residents” following much campaigning by Leyland councillors.

The lack of investment was one of the key local issues for residents during the election campaign.

Claire Hamilton

They say Preston and Chorley Councils had had a proactive approach to developing their town centres over the past few years and there were fears from local businesses that Leyland was becoming the ‘poor relation’.

They added that investment should bring a new vision to create a modern town centre for residents and visitors to enjoy while embracing the history of Leyland and strong community spirit.

Newly-elected councillor for Leyland Central, Claire Hamilton welcomed the news, saying: “The lack of investment was one of the key local issues for residents during the election campaign.

“So it is fantastic news that this design work will be starting soon.

“It is important that Towngate is included and not just Hough Lane.

“Previously the council has had a narrow approach of what is considered the town centre and this can be to the detriment of local businesses on Towngate.”

Long-serving central ward councillor Derek Forrest said: “I would like the design work to enhance the continental pavement culture which is already becoming evident in the town.”

It is estimated that the investment could be around £1m but the costs can only be estimated after the design work is completed.