Memorial plaque will honour Peter Ward - international cyclist and one of the inspirations behind Preston's Guild Wheel

A memorial to an international cyclist and co-creator of the Guild Wheel could be created on the popular 21-mile route which encircles the city of Preston.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Peter Ward holding his MBE which was presented to him by the Duke of Cambridge during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2013. Photo credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Peter Ward, who died in 2017, was one of the inspirations behind the orbital path which opened in 2012 and is now used by cyclists, walkers and runners.

Members of Preston’s Cabinet are to consider proposals to create a memorial in honour of the man who was awarded an MBE in 2013 for his services to cycling.

Documents coming before Cabinet at Town Hall on Wednesday say: “A suitable location for a memorial has been identified and agreed with Peter Ward’s family.

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“The location is directly alongside the Guild Wheel route on land owned by the City Council, just to the east of Fernyhalgh Lane.

“The proposal is to enhance the area by planting a number of trees, supplemented by swathes of bulb planting and wildflowers.

“Two quality benches would be installed on hard standings, which would provide users of the Guild Wheel an opportunity to sit, rest and reflect.”

The report continues: “Providing an area of planting and seating adjacent to a section of the Guild Wheel as a memorial to the memory of Peter Ward should enhance the experience of those using the Guild Wheel, particularly those who knew Peter or were aware of his inspirational endeavours.”

If plans are approved they would see an addition to the Guild Wheel capital scheme of £7,000.

Half would be financed by Lancashire County Council and half by contributions from housing developers.