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Residents want more parking, late-night shopping and more leisure choices in Preston city centre survey

Posted on - 12th January, 2013 - 11:56am | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston Council, Redevelopment
View from the Market car park over the city centre

View from the Market car park over the city centre

The results of a consultation into what residents would like to see in the city centre have been published.

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It shows the survey was filled out by less than 50 people who gave their views on everything from transport links to what kind of shops they would like to see.

A limited range of leisure pursuits was identified as the thing holding the city centre back the most, with 57.5% of those surveyed voting for it.

Shopping wise there was an even split over whether temporary ‘pop-up’ shops, suggested by our blogger Russ Carlton in his post about the city centre, should be a solution – with 51.3% saying they thought they were.

And 87.9% of people think there should be more late night shopping and it should be better promoted and 71.9% said there should be more parking in the city centre.

The early evening economy, such as restaurants, saw 100% of survey respondents saying it needed improving and 84.8% said more family based leisure attractions were needed.

Transport wise residents want to see the “gateways” into the city centre improved and 85.3% say the Ringway route is a major barrier for pedestrians accessing the city centre.

The routes for cyclists in the city centre were branded unsafe and difficult by 69.7% of those surveyed.

Residents answering the survey were responding to the Preston City Centre plan which outlines how the council would like to develop the area in the next 10-15 years.

You can read the full Preston City Plan on the council website.

Image credit to joe baxi

What do you think should happen in the city centre? Let us know your views in the comments below

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