The announcement of £23 million being earmarked to revamp Preston Bus Station has divided Prestonians once more.Advertisement
Now a grade II listed building the proposals from Lancashire County Council include only using the East side of the building for a Bus Station, a new Preston Youth Zone inside and an open space from the Western edge to St John’s Shopping Centre.
But it’s left some Prestonians fuming at the cost involved while others are relieved progress appears to be made on the future of the Bus Station.
Here’s a flavour of what the people of Preston have said on the proposals:
Andy Jones said: “There is a lot of negativity in the world and it seems to be “trending”. Sadly some people in Preston seem to feel the need to perpetuate the same. I for one commend any positive act and wish the proposals every success. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t.”
KatieD commented on one Blog Preston story, saying she was having second thoughts about the plans: “I was impressed when I first heard about the plans on BBC Radio Lancashire this morning, but having re-read the detail here and on the LEP I think it’s a terrible idea. It’s the wrong place for a youth and sports facility – the side facing the Guild Hall and St Johns Centre should be commercial ( new market perhaps ?) with attractive public space. To get into the city centre you’ll have to walk past football pitches, skate parks etc… It’s not quite the right image. There’s the potential of people loitering around on the bus station after attending sports sessions and youth club. It just seems too much of a compromise, designed to attract lottery money and grant funding – redevelopment on the cheap, make do and mend. I suppose this is the reality of l isted st atus, we’re stuck with a building not fit for purpose and now can do little about. Some 21st Century transport hub!”
Jeremy Rowlands joined the discussion on Blog Preston’s Facebook page to warn the detailed plans would shed more light.
He said: “Devil will be in the detail, but great that things are moving forward. There is an opportunity to create a fabulous public square on the soon to be redundant western apron. This is the only building of national and international significance in Preston and could be something truly unique to Preston. I really hope LCC have the ambition and foresight to do this properly.”
And Sally Edmunson-Bird agreed with Mr Rowlands views.
She said: “Couldn’t agree with Jeremy Rowlands more. We’ve got it so let’s make the most of it. People don’t seem to be able to see past what it is like now – which is irrelevant for the future….what is lacking with Preston’s decision makers is confidence to be creative with what they’ve got. As a consequence all the nay sayers will be absolutely right, in the long run, and it will be a disaster.”
Twitter followers on Blog Preston were broadly supportive of the Bus Station proposals.
Jonathan Richardson tweeted: “Good. Definitely the right thing to do, buses from the east side only, open up the west side.”
Max Neill said: “Good to see significant investment in Preston in our youth and our public transport. To unfashionable and neglected areas.”
Howard Bolton questioned the youth zone location. He said: “Preston city centre is lacking in visitors to shop. Somthing should have been created to put that right. Our city centre is tired it needs more shoppers witch will open more shops and create jobs. How in putting a youth zone in half of the bus station do anything for Preston city centre?”
What’s your thoughts on the Bus Station proposals? Sound investment or a waste of money? Let us know in the comments below