Court rooms revamped as restaurant

Historic building: The old police station and court rooms
Historic building: The old police station and court rooms
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A new Italian restaurant planned for Leyland is set to honour the historical use of the building.

La Corte – which translates to ‘court’ – is set to be the name of a new eatery and wine bar at the old police station and court rooms in Golden Hill.

Decorators have now moved in as proposals are in place to open up the building, which dates back to 1882, to the public once again, and it is expected to be ready by March.

The man behind the ambitious scheme, Franco Iozzi, is the director of popular Italian restaurant Fresco Fresco in Croston.

He said: “I’m putting my heart and soul into this place – it’s a magnificent building full of character that will lend itself perfectly to a stylish restaurant and bar.

“I’m looking forward to bringing a little piece of Italy to Leyland.”

He said the ground floor and upstairs rooms would all remain sympathetic to the original décor, with the police cells being converted into booths for private dining.

People have been expressing their excitement on social media too.

James Robb wrote: “Sounds like a great restaurant in a great building. Something with bags of character.

“Really looking forward to it!”

Stuart Wilkinson said: “A nice proper restaurant is an improvement to an empty building which will no doubt shortly end up vandalised or whatever else. Better than a charity shop.”

Karan Burgess wrote: “Can’t wait – somewhere special and stylish for the girls.”

And Leyland councillor Matthew Tomlinson wrote: “Here’s an empty building being brought back into use by people with a good reputation.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s a great news story.”