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Live updates as Preston Youth Zone’s future is decided

Posted on - 9th August, 2018 - 12:05pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
Another view of the Youth Zone alongside the Bus Station
A view of the Youth Zone alongside the Bus Station

Preston Youth Zone’s future has been decided as Lancashire County Council’s cabinet meet at County Hall.

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In the works since 2009 the multi-million-pound project has been shelved.

A report to councillors recommended the county council withdraw from the scheme, leaving taxpayers footing a bill of more than £1million in costs the council will then need to pay out.

The county council say no operators came forward to bid to run the Youth Zone, which would be built on the western apron of the revamped Preston Bus Station.

Read more: Preston Youth Zone at Bus Station to be scrapped

Chairman of Preston Youth Zone, Guy Topping, who has been working since 2009 to create the Youth Zone has accused the county council of engineering the tender process to ensure no bids came forward.

Read more: How Preston has reacted to the Youth Zone decision

The county council changed the proposal for the Youth Zone to include housing the youth offending team there and also increased the amount required by any private-sector partner in monetary contribution.

Updates will appeared below from County Hall as cabinet discuss the proposals and there was also a protest planned for before the meeting by those in support of a Youth Zone in the city. The cabinet meeting is took place at 2pm on Thursday (9 August). Additional reporting by Olivia Baron.

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