The multi-millionaire bidder for Preston’s iconic bus station has launched a website to gather support for his campaign.
Simon Rigby, who the Evening Post revealed as the bidder for the building earlier this week, said he wanted to get “a global opinion” on the future of the demolition threatened building.
He has launched a website – www.prestonsicon.org – which allows people to give their opinion, make enquiries and find out more about the team behind the bid.
Mr Rigby said he wanted people to tell members of Preston Council, which owns the building, what they wanted to do with it.
He said: “I really want to get a global opinion from all Prestonians as to what they want to do with the bus station.
“Do we let Prestonians deal with a Preston issue or do we just let it get pulled down? That is the first question, the second is what we do with it.
“I know there is no easy answer because, if there were, Preston Council would have done it by now, so I do not think this is going to be simple.
“I want people in Preston to go and tell their elected representatives what they want to happen with this building, it is their decision.”
Mr Rigby, who made his fortune from the sale of a £21m stake in energy broker, Spice plc, has even registered the company name, Preston’s Icon Ltd.
In 1996, Simon Rigby launched a management buy-out of a division of Yorkshire Water and set it up as an energy broker, Spice plc, which was sold to private equity house, Cinven, for £251m landing Mr Rigby a £21m pay day.
Since then, he has made a number of significant investments including The Villa hotel in Wrea Green, the building of the Lava and Ignite nightclub on Church Street, Preston, and has set up a number of businesses through green energy business, Greengen Group.