The former entrance to a department store in Preston’s high street looks set to become advertising hoardings.Advertisement
Preston City Council ordered Freemont Limited, who act on behalf of the owners of the BHS store in Fishergate, to board up the doorways after they were regularly used by rough sleepers.
Freemont, owned by the Bhailok group, say the boards could soon see advertising along them.
An email seen by Blog Preston has been sent to local businesses and agents who might be interested.
It states, on behalf of the Bhailok group: “Please confirm if you are interested in placing advertising hoardings or other forms of advertising on this frontage which as advised is a prime position in Fishergate in Preston city centre.
“Please note that this is most prime position in the whole of Preston as it is opposite to the main shopping centre – St George’s shopping centre and directly opposite Marks and Spencer.”
A number of pictures are included with the email showing the store-front which is now boarded up.
A spokeswoman for Preston City Council said: “As with any external advertising of this nature, if Freemont Ltd wish to use their new hoarding as advertising space they will require advertisement consent through our planning department.
“As yet, we have not been contacted to begin that process.”
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Chief executive of the Foxton Centre, which helps rough sleepers in the city, Jeff Marsh said: “Maybe they could do a very large free advert for our 50th Anniversary appeal to help get people off the streets and keep them safe please support our Housing First project.”
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