How to boost Preston’s city centre events to be discussed

Posted on - 11th October, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston

Events such as Armed Forces Day in the summer drew large crowds in to the city centre

Events in Preston city centre could get a shot in the arm with new proposals.


A draft plan from councillors who produced a report called Preston After Hours calls for a key event to take place in the city every month of the year.

The fact-finding mission, commissioned by the communities scrutiny committee of Preston City Council, also recommends appointing a champion for city centre events from its body of councillors.

Councillor Drew Gale, who chairs the committee and represents the city centre ward, said he hoped to see the recommendations adopted.

He said: “We are looking to build on some of the great work the council is already doing we are seeking to encourage footfall in to our city centre.

“By promoting events such as Armed Forces Day which attracted 12,000 people and the upcoming Comic Con at the Guild Hall we can improve the city’s cultural offering and assist with its economic growth.”

The report will be discussed at the next communities scrutiny meeting on Wednesday 15 October, it could then go forward to the city council’s cabinet for approval.

A spokesman for the city council said: “Members from the Community Scrutiny Committee have come up with a set of recommendations to address Preston after hours and bridge the gap between people finishing work to the night time economy starting up, which will be considered by Cabinet.”

The report also recommends working with Preston’s Business Improvement District to run a large-scale meeting to discuss how to develop Preston after working hours.

A spokesman for Preston BID said they were meeting with council officials in coming weeks but did not wish to comment on the report.

You can view the recommendations in the report on the city council website.

What do you think of the ideas? What sort of events would you like to see in the city? Let us know in the comments below

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