Exciting plans for Leyland’s future

Introducing a farmer’s market, boosting the community cinema, and encouraging cycling in Leyland are some of the exciting ideas launched under the town’s My Neighbourhood Forum for the next two years.

The top 10 priorities for improving the area have been refreshed for 2014, and also include developing more landmark features, making improvements in the town centre and the railway station.

Crowds enjoyed the Leyland Festival last year

Crowds enjoyed the Leyland Festival last year

At Worden Park, parking issues are going to be looked into, and plans to create a new woodland play area will also be considered.

Seven Stars has also been identified as an area which could do with some sprucing up, and the forum is also supporting the enhancement of the Moss Side Playing Fields.

Other ongoing projects, such as the Love Leyland campaign, which involves volunteers litter-picking and aiming to promote ways to keep the town clean and tidy, and community events such as the Leyland Festival, have all made it onto the agenda as well.

The priorities are:

Encourage cycling throughout Leyland - from now until December 2016. The My Neighbourhood Forum aims to get involved in the new Leyland Cycling Forum to help develop healthy lifestyles, by encouraging more people to get on their bikes. Plans are also in the pipeline to create a 10-mile cycle route called the ‘Leyland Loop’.

Moss Side Playing Fields improvements - started in 2012 and due to finish by December this year. The forum is working with users of the fields to extend the existing bridleways for horse riders, improve the condition of the rugby and football pitches, increase the number of car parking spaces, improve signage to and around the site, support biodiversity around the fishing ponds, and build a new sports pavilion to be used for changing room facilities and as a community building.

Landmark features - started in 2012 and due to finish by December this year. The next stage is to access the feasibility of a new landmark feature on the roundabout off Leyland Lane and Schleswig Way. This follows on from a number of landmark features being placed around town, such as Norma the TL Fire Engine, the Centurion Tank, the Leyland Motors worker statue and the Leyland Motors wheel.

Improvement scheme for Seven Stars - from now until December 2015. The forum has identified various areas across Leyland that can be considered for improvements, and Seven Stars will be considered first.

Support community events - from now until December this year. This includes supporting the Leyland Festival committee, and looking into options for more Leyland Live and Christmas events, and introducing a farmer’s market.

Love Leyland - Started in summer last year and will continue until December 2015. Encouraging and enabling people to take ownership of their areas with clean-up activities. The next stage is for members to list areas for improvement within their wards and develop action plans. A ‘street champion’ scheme is also being considered.

Leyland Community Cinema - from now until April 2014. The community cinema, which launched in 2010 and is based at the Civic Centre on West Paddock, involves an external company coming in to set up the equipment. It will run throughout spring and will be funded by the forum, whilst further work is undertaken to consider the viability of the cinema going forward in future.

Leyland town centre improvements - started in 2012 and due to run until December 2016. The feasibility of different options will be explored throughout this year, to support a wide range of projects to regenerate the town centre.

Worden Park improvements - started in 2012 and due to run until December 2016. Plans are in place to investigate parking issues and the overflow car park, and to complete the central area enhancement work, including resurfacing and a feasibility survey for a new woodland play area.

Railway station - started in 2012 and due to finish in December 2016. A new ticket office is currently being built at Leyland Railway Station, and modern waiting shelters and real-time information boards have already been installed over the past couple of years. Funding is now sought for a new footbridge and lift, and the forum is set to back this as a priority for the town.

(Video of last year’s Leyland Live by RT Productions)

- For more detail, see next week’s Leyland Guardian