Leyland town centre square plans to get underway

SQUARE IDEA: The plans involve opening up the grounds of the United Reformed Church in Leyland
SQUARE IDEA: The plans involve opening up the grounds of the United Reformed Church in Leyland
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Plans to create a town centre square in the heart of Leyland will get underway this year.

Ambitious ideas are being formed for the grounds of the United Reformed Church in Hough Lane to be opened up onto the high street, to develop a formal gathering space.

It is also hoped the square could be used for social events, and as a means of attracting more visitors to Leyland.

The scheme has been in the pipeline for years, and now South Ribble Council has committed £2,900 in its budget to make improvements in the town centre between this year and 2017.

Phase three of Leyland’s enhancement works will follow on from the high street being resurfaced and the market entrance being upgraded over the past few years.

The council has earmarked £190,000 to be spent in 2015/16 in its budget proposals, and a further £100,000 the following year.

And council leader, Coun Margaret Smith, says there could even be scope to invest more money into the project as time goes on in a bid to enhance the town centre even further.

She said: “We’ve been working on other regeneration schemes across the borough these last couple of years, such as in Penwortham and Longton, and now we have plans for Bamber Bridge.

“And what we’ve found is that, as more money is coming in from the City Deal, we’re able to upgrade those plans. I expect the same will happen in Leyland.

“We know the basis of the scheme – in Leyland’s case, it’s the town square – but we expect there will be more meat to add to the bones later on.”