Map sign vandalised a week after installation

The new way-finding sign on Fishergate which has been damaged

The new way-finding sign on Fishergate which has been damaged

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Vandals have smashed a new map in the centre of Preston just days after it was unveiled.

The way finder was put in place as part of the finishing touches to a major redevelopment of the city centre which has been underway since last year.

The map was erected on Fishergate close to Whittles Jewellers just over a week ago and is one of a number of three signs unveiled on the newly finished stretch of the project.

It was damaged within a week of it being put in place and council chiefs say it will cost them £500 to replace it.

Council bosses have today told of their ‘disappointment’ of the sign being damaged.

The leader of Preston Council Coun Peter Rankin said: “We are really disappointed with the vandalism to the new way-finding sign on Fishergate.

“This sign, designed to assist people to find their way around Preston city centre will cost £500 to replace, and forms a part of the regeneration work on Fishergate.

“Details such as attractive and informative way-finding signs enhance visitor’s experience of the city, and acts of mindless vandalism such as this completely detracts from it.”

Meanwhile town centre Coun Drew Gale said: “We are working hard to give the people of Preston a town centre to be proud of.

“It just takes one idiot to spoil things.

“It will be up and running and back to its former glory as soon as possible.”

The £3.4m Fishergate Central Gateway aims improve two of the key approaches to Preston city centre.

The main areas involved are the stretch from Preston railway station up Fishergate as far as Lune Street, and Corporation Street from the junction with Ringway up to Fishergate and along Ringway to the Friargate crossing.