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Residents have say on area action plan

Coun Phil Smith and regeneration manager Howard Booth with the bronze Leyland Motors worker as part of the Hough Lane regeneration in Leyland

Coun Phil Smith and regeneration manager Howard Booth with the bronze Leyland Motors worker as part of the Hough Lane regeneration in Leyland

 

A list of new projects for Leyland have been drawn up after residents put forward their own ideas for improving the town.

The My Neighbourhood Forums consultation period is now over, and proposals by people living in the area are being considered by the council.

There is a cash pot of £8,000 to be spent in Leyland, and a priority list of 10 ‘feasible’ action points have been pulled together by South Ribble Council.

People want to see more town centre improvements like the work done on Hough Lane, as well as improvements at Worden Park, such as a sports pavilion.

They also want more Made in Leyland gateway features like the Centurion Tank on Flensburg Way, and some Welcome to Leyland signs to make the town more attractive to visitors.

The schemes have been put into long and short-term categories, and the council has estimated how much money each project will cost.

The My Neighbourhood funds will be put towards the ideas, but some of the bigger proposals will involve a lot more of the council’s budget being injected into them.

The long-term prospects, such as railway station, Worden Park and town centre improvements, are all expected to be finished by 2016.

Not all of the ideas have been given a budget yet, but the town centre work is expected to cost in the region of £50,000.

The provision of Sports Pavilion in Moss Side will cost around £20,000 and should be finished by 2015.

Smaller-scale ideas residents have come up with include better sports facilities for young people, and improvements at community centres across the town.

Work on centres in Moss Side, Seven Stars, Earnshaw Bridge and Bannister Drive will cost around £10,000 and will go on until 2015.

Residents also want to tackle illegal motorbike access on Moss Lane, which is classed as a short-term goal, and is set to cost £5,000.

Other areas in South Ribble have also been allocated pots of money for various projects, and residents from Lostock Hall, Penwortham and Bamber Bridge have also put their suggestions before the council.

Coun Phil Smith, the council’s cabinet member for Regeneration, Leisure and Healthy Communities, said: “It’s been great to see our new Community Involvement teams out and about making a difference, and we’ve held successful meetings across the borough to identify priorities in each area.

“The action plans agreed for each of our five My Neighbourhood areas will help us to improve our neighbourhoods in a co-ordinated and effective way.”

 

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