APPEAL: Steaming ahead with new idea for a gateway feature in Penwortham

Members of Penwortham in Bloom at the boat gateway feature installation earlier this year
Members of Penwortham in Bloom at the boat gateway feature installation earlier this year
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Calls have made for a new gateway feature to be installed in Penwortham, to mark the opening of the long-awaited bypass.

Melvyn Gardner, chairman of Penwortham in Bloom, and former town mayor, wants to see a steam engine placed on land off Golden Way, near the entrance to the new Bypass, which is set to open in 2020.

The engine would reflect the old Preston to Southport railway line which ran in the area before being closed in the 1960s.

Mr Gardner said: “It’s been a campaign recently to have features on major roads in and out of South Ribble. It shows great concern in your community, it welcomes people in, and it reflects the heritage of the area.”

Earlier this year, members of Penwortham in Bloom secured external funding to install a boat feature near the banks of the River Ribble in near Penwortham Holme, having been inspired by gateway features in Leyland.

Mr Gardner added: “An engine would be very fitting in that location, and it’s something nostalgic that people like to see.

“There would be a lot of work involved in getting it though, it might be a pipe dream, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get. We would need someone to donate the engine, and then we would need support from a benefactor or local businesses to transport it, renovate it and maintain it.

“We would also want to have some flowers and shrubbery around it.”

He added: "Something like this would also be something for North West in Bloom to look at. Penwortham in Bloom is great for local shops and gardens, but to enter North West in Bloom, it has to be something wider, something more for the whole community."

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