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Lack of city nightlife for families is set to be tackled

Task group: More needs to be done to attract families into the city centre in the evening, says Coun Bhikhu Patel pictured below

Task group: More needs to be done to attract families into the city centre in the evening, says Coun Bhikhu Patel pictured below

Nightlife across Preston is set to come under review to try to bring more families to the city in the evenings.

Council bosses will discuss how to expand what is on offer at night “beyond the current drinking culture” at a meeting next week.

Plans are in their early stages, but a task group is hoping to come up with ways of encouraging families into the city centre.

Chair of Preston Council’s communities scrutiny panel, Coun Bhikhu Patel, said: “It came from the idea that in the city centre in the evening there’s not a variety of cultural activities, and that there’s not much for children and families.

“So what we are saying is we should try to make the city centre family friendly for night time. Mostly, people think about pubs and clubs - in terms of other activities there isn’t much going on.”

Coun Patel said the plans were in early stages at the moment, and said it would be some time before any recommendations were made.

He said: “It is my job to encourage other members to come up with ideas.

“In the city centre, mostly it is young people who come in for a night out -the pubs are very busy in the city centre.

“But other than that, people generally feel that there’s nothing else for them to do in the evenings, so it’s looking at how we can change that. Other towns and cities have successfully changed their night scene, so we are hoping we can replicate that in Preston.”

The task group is due to meet on Wednesday. A document published online ahead of the meeting lists possible outcomes to the review including a steering group to develop “night time offer”, as well as the development of an evening cultural plan with a supporting budget.

 

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