Martyn Rawlinson

Opinion: Martyn Rawlinson explains the council budget for the year ahead

This is not budgeting anymore…it’s survival. In 2009/10 Preston Council had an income of just under £30million – by 2015 it’s income will me just under £23million; most of that reduction is government grants. When you take into account inflation and increases in fees and charges in that period, then the loss of income overall is even greater. If people think that this government are […]

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Review: Superb food at the Sparling

Looking for decent place to eat in the Preston area is not a stretch. Okay, the city centre has perhaps just a few notable quality establishments but stray just a mile or two beyond the city limits (still in the PR postcode area) and there are gourmet treasures just waiting to be discovered. I’ve past the The Sparling in Barton, located just across from the […]

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Review: Vernon God Little at St Peter’s Arts Centre, UCLan

I was extremely pleased to have been invited to this production. An excellent piece of art in every sense of the word. The company of actors from the BA Acting degree at UCLAN have really worked hard to produce this engaging piece of work. My first impressions began as soon as I arrived at the theatre. There was preset as you collected your ticket of […]

9 months ago by
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Review: Pandora the musical at Media Factory, UCLan

I was invited on twitter by Ashley Walsh, the creator of the book, lyrics and music for ‘Pandora the Musical’ to come and review the show. The concept of a musical based on Greek mythology intrigued me as this is one of my interests. It was performed by students on the Music Theatre course at UCLan. Firstly, I loved the composition of the music and […]

10 months ago by

Opinion: A tribute to Sir Tom Finney

It’s not exaggerating to say that Preston has lost its favourite son. Sir Tom Finney was quite simply the best footballer to ever play for Preston North End Football Club. For the city of Preston, he transcended the idea of just being a footballer. He represents a reason to be proud of the city, he represents everything a footballer, and indeed a person, should be. […]

10 months ago by
Michael Lavalette

Michael Lavalette: A reflection on ten years in Preston’s political arena

After ten years as a Preston city councillor I have had to resign due to family illness. It’s a sad moment and there is much I will miss, but sometimes family must come first. I was first elected in May 2003 in the Preston Town Centre ward. It was a complete shock – to me as much as Labour I think. I stood as a […]

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