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New Hall Lane revamp sees updated plans solving parking issues

Posted on - 9th November, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, News, Preston Council, Redevelopment, Ribbleton, Roads, St Matthews, Transport
How the revamped New Hall Lane may look at night

How the revamped New Hall Lane may look at night

A new look for a section of New Hall Lane is moving to the next stage as it awaits sign off from Lancashire County Council.

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Preston City Council says parking issues with the £1million plan for one of the main roads into the city have been resolved.

In March a consultation was launched on the New Hall Lane plans, which covers a stretch from the Skeffington Road junction to Acregate Lane.

Deputy leader of the city council councillor John Swindells said: “I would firstly like to thank those who took the time to respond to the consultation on the New Hall Lane developments. It’s very important to have this input from local people.

“Reflecting on those comments and the detailed plan for the improvements, this is a positive step forward for the area, as well as Preston as a whole.

“One of the main concerns about the project was parking and this has been addressed in the detailed plan. The parking provision will now almost double from that currently available.

“I would encourage local residents and business owners to attend the upcoming information events to view the detailed plans.”

Funding for the changes to the road comes from the City Deal, a £434 million investment in roads and housing in Preston and South Ribble, and the county council must now sign off the amended plans.

Artists impression of the new look New Hall Lane

Artists impression of the new look New Hall Lane

County council leader councillor Jennifer Mein said: “These proposed improvements are part of Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, which aims to transform the whole area, creating new jobs and growing the local economy.

“We wanted local people to have their say and help to shape these plans for this part of the city. These improvements will make it easier for people to get around, while also making it a more attractive area for shopping and businesses.”

Highways chief councillor John Fillis will need to decide if he backs the plans on Tuesday 10 November.

If he does a further series of consultation events is to take place from Thursday 19 November at the Acregate Lane Club car park from 3pm to 6pm.

A further Citizenzone session runs from 3pm to 6pm on Wednesday 25 November at Acregate Lane and another on Wednesday 2 December from 3pm to 6pm at Lidl car park in New Hall Lane.

Did you respond to the consultation? What do you think of the plans? Let us know in the comments below

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