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Royal Air Force to open cafe and move offices to Fishergate

Posted on - 12th April, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The empty units in Fishergate are to be put back into service to help veterans

The empty units in Fishergate are to be put back into service to help veterans

A former army recruitment centre is to be turned into a cafe for military veterans and their families.

Empty units in Fishergate, just along from the baptist church, have seen plans lodged by the Royal Air Forces Association.

It is proposing to move its headquarters from Leyland Business Park into Preston city centre.

Plans from PWA Planning state: “The Northern Area Headquarters are currently located in Leyland Business Park, however, they are looking for a central base in order to be more accessible to their members and engage with those that are currently restricted by transport but also knowledge of their services.”

Related: How armed forces veterans are meeting for breakfast once a month

The cafe will be on the ground floor along with meeting rooms, while the RAF will have its offices on the top floor.  The cafe would open two to three times a week between 10am and 3pm.

Now standing empty, the building had been used by the armed forces as a recruitment centre since 1980 and in 1991 it was subject to a terror plot, when the IRA attempted to blow up the building.

Related: Spitfire to flypast on Preston Armed Forces Day

Full plans are available to view on the city council website. Anyone wishing to comment can do so there or by emailing devcon@preston.gov.uk quoting reference 06/2016/0245 by Friday 29 April.

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