Vintage tractor set to be a welcome site

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A vintage tractor is set to become the latest gateway feature to welcome visitors to Leyland.

A planning application has been submitted by South Ribble Borough Council to install the tractor at the junction between Schleswig Way, Leyland Lane and Emnie Lane. The tractor would also have a trailer full of flowers and planting.

It follows the Centurion Tank in Farington and the 1938 TL Fire Engine outside the Leyland Hotel as part of a series of heritage vehicles 
in the council’s ‘welcome to Leyland’ series.

The trio of gateway features celebrate Leyland’s world-renowned industrial and vehicle manufacturing heritage, and the tractor will be the latest addition to the series. There is another gateway feature in the pipeline, details of which will be revealed soon.

South Ribble Borough Council cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration and leisure Councillor Phil Smith said: “The tractor will be a wonderful addition to the borough and really celebrate the proud heritage that Leyland has.

“We’ve heard a lot about new parks, jobs and infrastructure, as well things like the large-scale regeneration of Station Road in Bamber Bridge, but it’s important not to lose site of the little touches which can make significant difference to our identity, the pride we have in our heritage, and our aspirations for the future.

“Our previous gateway features have proven extremely popular, and we’ve been looking at new ones for a while. It’s still early days, as this is subject to receiving planning permission, but it’s a significant step forward for another community improvement.”

Ward councillor Jane Bell said: “We’ve got the other two, the fire engine and tank and this will be our third, and the idea is you see part of Leyland’s heritage.

“It think it’s a lovely idea and I’ve heard the trailer will be full of flowers, so that will make it very pretty and aesthetically pleasing.”

She added; “I think it will fit in extremely well with our wildflowers and Leyland In Bloom which we have planned for summer.”

Isobel Pickering, of the Leyland Town Team, which was established in early 2013 and is made up from a group of local businesses and community groups, said: “I don’t think we should forget our heritage.

“I’ve not lived in Leyland, but you can see how much the importance of the heritage means.

“I think it’s ace, it’s lovely.”

Isobel, of Paces and Laces, Hough Lane, said: “You’ve got the tank and the fire engine and I think it’s nice trying to pinpoint all these roads into Leyland.

“It does become a focal point and a talking point.”

Another team member Karen Carlin, of Peppermint Cottage, Hough Lane, said; “I think more flowers are a good idea, definitely anything that makes a roundabout look better.”

She added: “It obviously gathers the interest of children, that’s for sure, and gives a little bit of heritage to the youngsters.”