Love, hate and concrete: The battle for Preston Bus Station. The story goes national.
Front page of the Saturday Independent shouts the story of the ‘war’ between the Pros and the Antis in the Save the Bus Station campaign and the accompanying article, written by Martin Baker, is surprisingly well informed and quite amusing.
Although opening with a well worn cliche “There’s trouble up North” the article examines in detail the “faintly comic, something mock-heroic…battle” a “bitter struggle” with a “monumental cast”.
Talking about the Bus Station the piece says “PBS has a sticky, rubber-tiled floor, and a smell that speaks of cheap deodorant fighting an endless battle with something nasty and nameless, and just out of sight. Yet it also has something of the heroic about it”.
Also getting a mention Save Preston Bus Station leader John Wilson, Peter Rankin, local photographer Bernie Blackburn who is quoted as “an amusing if mildly obsessive Photoshopper, grafting images of the good and the great into a PBS context”, writers Andy Wilson and Paul Adams plus Professor Charles Quick, professor of public art practice at UCLAN, local architect David Robinson and entrepreneur Simon Rigby.
The interesting article ends with a series of questions and answers from the main figures from the battle: What they say: The key voices in the battle to save/tear down PBS. Great fun.
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