The fate of Preston’s iconic bus station remains in the balance after a Government minister delayed a decision on making it a listed building.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey had been expected to give his verdict last week after examining a submission from English Heritage.
But at the 11th hour Mr Vaizey decided to call it back for another look and could now make a personal visit to view the giant terminus topped by a multi-storey car park.
“This debate has been going on for 13 years now, so what’s another week or two between friends,” said a spokesman for Preston City Council.
English Heritage have applied for the bus station to be given listed status, thus protecting it from the demolition hammer.
The application was supported by the 20th Century Society , a body which fights to safeguard post-1914 architecture.
Ben Wallace, MP for Wyre and North Preston, said: “The application went to the Minister last weekend, and we thought a decision was going to be made by early last week. That didn’t happen and now it could be a while longer.
“There is nothing sinister about the delay, it is possible that he just wants to know a bit more about it before he decides.”
John Wilson, who is leading the campaign to preserve the bus station, believes the delay could be a positive thing.
He said: “The longer that it goes on then the better in terms of a listing status. I was down in London last week and I was told that it was still with the minister.
“I think the reason the the decision has not come yet is because of the £450 million New Deal money that was announced. They don’t want ont to overshadow the other.”