South Ribble unveils £10m vision for parks and towns

Opportunities: South Ribble Council leader Margaret Smith (right) speaks to Coun Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston Council, and Coun Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council, at the launch of the City Deal last year
Opportunities: South Ribble Council leader Margaret Smith (right) speaks to Coun Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston Council, and Coun Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council, at the launch of the City Deal last year
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A £10m vision has been drawn up to make improvements across South Ribble over the next three years – including town centre regenerations, and enhancements to the borough’s parks.

South Ribble Council has put forward a wish list of how it would spend money allocated to it through the City Deal.

This sets out our ambitions for the borough and how we want to manage its growth in a coordinated way.

Coun Margaret Smith

The proposed schedule will be considered by the City Deal Executive Board next month, which is made up of the leaders of South Ribble, Preston and Lancashire County Councils, and it is chaired by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Aspirations for the borough include improvement projects in the hearts of Bamber Bridge, Leyland, Penwortham and Lostock Hall.

Investments in leisure and existing open spaces like Worden Park are proposed, along with the vision to create the huge new Central Parks.

The council would also like to see more gateway features introduced at prominent sites in South Ribble.

Leader of South Ribble Council, Coun Margaret Smith, said: “This sets out our ambitions for the borough and how we want to manage its growth in a coordinated way.

“We will be delighted to welcome new businesses, residents and community improvements, and we must do so while ensuring that we enhance South Ribble as a top class place to live, work and do business.

“That’s why there is a lot of emphasis on parks, leisure and urban centre regeneration: we want our communities to benefit from the long-term gains which will far outweigh any short-term disruption like road works. This is another exciting step forward for our ambitions for South Ribble, and I look forward getting around the table and discussing them with my colleagues on the City Deal Executive Board.”