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Bus station transferred

Picture from Guzelian

Pictured:  Preston bus station

The future of Preston Bus Station is set to be guaranteed thanks to a deal between Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council.
 
Subject to agreement at the Councils Cabinet meetings on 5th December, the deal is also set to unlock �8.3m of investment into the Grade II listed bus station.
 
Keeping the building in public ownership, allowing Lancashire County Council as transport authority to invest in the building and improve facilities for passengers, as well as easing the City Councils financial situation are all key aspects of the deal.

Picture from Guzelian Pictured: Preston bus station The future of Preston Bus Station is set to be guaranteed thanks to a deal between Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council. Subject to agreement at the Councils Cabinet meetings on 5th December, the deal is also set to unlock �8.3m of investment into the Grade II listed bus station. Keeping the building in public ownership, allowing Lancashire County Council as transport authority to invest in the building and improve facilities for passengers, as well as easing the City Councils financial situation are all key aspects of the deal.

Lancashire County Council has agreed to take ownership of Preston Bus Station.

The decision by cabinet members came after Preston City Council found itself in difficulty - it could not afford the annual £300,000 maintenance costs, and had planned to demolish the 1969 structure until it was granted Grade II listed status in September.

Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of the County Council, said the transfer would enable LCC to invest up to £8.3m in the station from its environment budget.

She said the cash injection would be a “benefit not just Preston but the whole of Lancashire”, and would boost the City Deal, as it meant improving key transport infrastructure.

Leader of the opposition, Councillor Geoff Driver, called the transfer into question.

He said: “This is a deal that has been stitched up behind the closed doors of Labour clubs in Preston.

“Peter Rankin (leader of Preston City Council) must pinching himself every morning.”

He added: “Everything could be achieved without taking ownership of the building.

“You don’t need to give yourself open-ended commitments, with no idea of what is coming in the future.”

Councillor John Fillis said: “Giving £8.3m to a project you don’t own goes amiss. You’re not going to get many people from Lancashire saying that’s sensible.”

Coun Driver also questioned where additional funds would come from for a full refurbishment, likely to cost £20m.

Council officers said the £8.3m could be used to attract matched funding.

 

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