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.

A Haven of Rest service in March

Haven of Rest church to take over former council offices in Avenham

A religious group in Preston looks set to convert a former council office into a place of worship. RCCG Haven of Rest wants to use an empty workshop at Oakham Court on Avenham Lane. The church wants to convert it into a community centre including a prayer room, creche, kitchen and dining area as well as a church office. Haven of Rest say one full […]

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Restoration on the Miller Park grotto

Miller Park grotto restoration work nearing completion

Work on restoring the Miller Park grotto is nearing completion. It was due to be finished at the end of August but Preston City Council says the intricate work on the water feature has taken longer than expected. The grotto was closed off in June as workmen add up-lighting to it and re-channel the flow of water. You can see a sample of the uplighting […]

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The former Whittingham site was one of the largest mental institutions in the UK

First phase of Whittingham Mental Hospital plans ready for approval

Further plans for the former Whittingham Mental Hospital have been tabled. Taylor Wimpey have submitted a reserved matters application giving details of how 132 new houses and 18 new apartments are to be built on the site. Bulldozers are currently at work clearing much of the former mental asylum which sits in more than 50 hectares of countryside to the North East of Preston. Developers […]

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Lostock Hall murder: Second man hunted as police confirm Adam Wilson died from stab wound

A murder investigation is underway after Adam Wilson, 25, was found with a serious knife injury to his leg at a house in Lostock Hall. Police and ambulance crews were called to the house at Albrighton Crescent on Monday after reports of  a disturbance. Wilson was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but died a short time later. Lancashire Police have arrested a 21 year old man […]

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The Cottam development has been slow in getting started

The impact of City Deal one year on: Roadworks, housebuilding and bypasses

An injection of £434 million into Preston and the surrounding area has passed the one year mark. The City Deal was formally announced last September and the spades in the ground have already begun in earnest. Edwin Booth, Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: “The City Deal is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a catalyst for major economic growth, enabling Preston, […]

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UCLan graduates outside the Birley Studios

Birley Art Studios opens in former council offices in city centre

Four university graduates have teamed up to open a new art studio in Preston. The art graduates from the University of Central Lancashire have taken over the former council offices on Birley Street. The Birley Art Studios and project space opened on Thursday and is looking for artists to get involved and use the space. It can house up to 15 affordable studio spaces. Steph […]

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