When will Truck Trail be coming to Leyland?

A model showing what a Truck Trail sculpture could look like
A model showing what a Truck Trail sculpture could look like

A lack of funding means that an anticipated heritage trail of special artwork through Leyland will not come to fruition any time soon.

In August last year, South Ribble Council boasted that ‘Something Big Is Coming’ and revealed exciting plans for a ‘Truck Trail’ to be developed in the town.

The project, a joint effort between Wild In Art, which has created colourful sculptures in other towns and cities to boost tourism, was set to celebrate Leyland’s industrial heritage.

Now though, the council has confirmed that there is no money earmarked for the scheme just yet.

Coun Phil Smith, cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “The Truck Trail is one of several regeneration schemes under consideration, as we look to bring real improvements to our towns and villages.

“Community projects, such as this, require outside funding in order for plans to progress and for projects to be completed.

“As and when external funding can be identified, schemes can then move forward. The Truck Trail is still a work in progress.”

The idea first stemmed from the Leyland Town Team’s list of proposals when appealing for celebrity shopping guru Mary Portas to plough cash into improving the area in 2012.

Last summer, the council appealed for businesses to get behind the venture, and produced a small-scale model of what one of the truck sculptures could look like.

Promotional material said the feature could help to attract more visitors to Leyland, tell the story of the town’s industrial heritage, raise the profile of local businesses and put South Ribble on the map.

The Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum has ‘further develop landmark features’ and ‘Leyland town centre improvements’ on its list of priorities, and the chair of the forum says it’s a pity that no cash is available for the Truck Trail at the moment.

“It’s sad that we can’t get funding for such an innovative, creative project,” Coun Jane Bell said. “Let’s see what the future brings.”