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Car dealership to buy green space from Preston City Council

Posted on - 22nd August, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Business, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
The land borders the car showroom at the bottom of Fishergate Hill Pic: Google
The land borders the car showroom at the bottom of Fishergate Hill Pic: Google

A patch of unused green space in Preston city centre is due to be sold off.

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Preston City Council is preparing to put the land off Fishergate Hill on the market.

Currently maintained by the city council’s parks department the greenspace, next to the Chorley Nissan Preston garage is rarely used.

A report to the city council’s cabinet on Wednesday (16 August) urged councillors to sell off the land.

Bugle Inn Motor Company Limited have indicated they would buy the land to be converted into additional overflow parking for their Preston showroom.

Read more: Fishergate Hill conservation area action plan comes into force

Councillors were told: “It is considered that the area of greenspace is greatly under used due to its size and location. The visual impact of the loss of open space is considered to be minimal provided the trees are retained.

“The proposal would have a minor positive impact on the Council’s Parks Maintenance Budget and would produce a capital receipt for the sale of the property, to be considered in a future report to Cabinet.”

Read more: How Fishergate Hill has changed over the years

Councillors approved the transfer of the land into the investment property portfolio to prepare it for sale.

It is not known how much the sale of the land would generate for the council.

Do you ever use this green space? What do you think about the decision? Let us know in the comments below

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