Ed Walker

27-year-old journalist. Currently working for Trinity Mirror across the UK, but founded Blog Preston in January 2009. Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 with a first-class BA (Hons) in Journalism. Blogs at edwalker.net and twitters at @ed_walker86.

Avenham Park's pavilion

Avenham Park Pavilion Cafe granted later opening hours

A cafe in the heart of Avenham Park has been granted extended opening hours. Pavilion Cafe applied to be able to open until 1am on Friday and Saturday and until midnight on all other days of the week. A number of local residents objected to the proposal saying the noise from the cafe holding functions would disturb the peace and tranquillity of the park and […]

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Two phone boxes in Brighton converted into coffee kiosks

Red phone boxes in Preston city centre retail units plans up for approval

Seven red phone boxes in the centre of Preston are to become retail units. The BT phone boxes on Market Street are listed structures but Preston City Council planners have recommended the Thinking Outside the Box’s plan for approval. Coffee kiosks, a mini art gallery and an ice cream dispenser are three of the uses which could be brought in. The phone boxes would operate […]

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Mokai on Church Street, the building housing it is due to be sold

Mokai nightclub remains open as owner joins call for Church Street facelift

The owner of a nightclub on Church Street has joined calls for greater investment in the area. Chermaine Hewitt, who runs the recently refurbished Mokai club, added her voice to the building’s owner Parvis Shasvar. Shasvar has put the building on the market saying the state of the Church Street area is “killing businesses“. Hewitt backed his comments but believes the future is looking up […]

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Leyland Road water leak hits homes in Penwortham and southern Preston

Update 10pm Sunday: United Utilities report they have restored water supplies Residents in Penwortham and the south of Preston are without water on Sunday afternoon. United Utilities said they had identified a leak on Leyland Road and customers in the PR1 and PR4 postcodes are affected. Many homes in the area, including New Longton, have no water or just a trickle. Water inspectors were sent […]

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Ben Ashworth with his Berlin Marathon medal

Ben Ashworth marathon challenge: TWICE round the Guild Wheel for Preston runner and festive santa dash

A Preston man who has been diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer continues his incredible marathon runs just before Christmas. Ben Ashworth, a father of three from Broadgate, has already run seven marathons in seven months – and now prepares for his biggest challenge on his hometown track. Ashworth is planning to go twice round the Guild Wheel, clocking up a total of 36 miles. The […]

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Preston dog wardens given gold award by RSPCA for stray dog handling

Dog wardens in Preston have been given a pedigree prize for their handling of stray dogs in the city. The RSPCA granted the golden award for the fourth year in a row to Preston City Council’s dog wardens. Lenny Rolles, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: “It is encouraging to see that even with the financial pressures faced by local Government, Preston City Council […]

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