The Friends of Preston Bus Station

Bus station campaigner John Wilson
Bus station campaigner John Wilson
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Campaigners who fought to save Preston Bus Station from demolition are set to form a new ‘Friends of Preston Bus Station’ group.

And they have called on County Hall chiefs to involve them in any efforts to revamp the building, once the authority takes control of the Grade II listed structure in April.

Ownership of the bus station was transferred from Preston Council to Lancashire County Council in November last year.

The county council has £8.3m set aside to invest in the project and is hoping to gain additional lottery funding to refurbish the 1969 building.

Bus station campaigner John Wilson said: “We intend to set up a ‘Friends of Preston Bus Station’ in the near future to monitor progress and development of the bus station and the city centre.

“We will invite members of the community from many professions, including architecture, planning, retail, construction, development and UCLan.

“We would like to think a member of the council executive or an elected member of the cabinet would accept an invitation to attend our meetings. We would hold them perhaps every two months.”

Mr Wilson said he had written to the council’s leader Jennifer Mein, inviting her to consider the offer of the former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Angela Brady said she was willing to back a competition to provide ideas on what could be done with the structure.

He said: “They seem reluctant to have external involvement. We’re going to have to wait to see if we hear back from them on any progress.”

Coun Mein said there was a “possibility” of working with the group, but the council’s engineers were still in the early stages of considering what work needed to be done.

She said: “We’ve got to carry out a structural survey and I don’t think we will be making any decisions at the moment.

“My vision is to see it become an iconic building for Preston and one that is fully used.”