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Preston Guild Hall to see council fund new paving along front of building

Posted on - 18th August, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Roads, Transport
The area due to see the new paving Pic: Blog Preston
The area due to see the new paving Pic: Blog Preston

Simon Rigby’s stalled renovation of the front of Preston Guild Hall now looks set to land Preston City Council with a new bill.

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Lancashire County Council undertook major roadworks down Lancaster Road during 2018.

The area immediately out the front of the Guild Hall was left untouched as Mr Rigby had been due to remove the current staircases and put in new staircases.

But as work never happened the county council is now seeking to finish the work down Lancaster Road.

Preston City Council as the owner of the land is being asked to pay £86,000 towards the work.

A big plasma screen will sit above the first floor of the Guild Hall
Designs for how Simon Rigby had wanted to renovate the front of the Guild Hall

A report to a meeting of full council says the county council has imposed a deadline of mid-August for whether the city council will stump up the cash or not.

This would allow the county council to start the work before the end of September with an aim to have finished the work by mid-November.

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Council officers state the city council is going to have to borrow money to be able to fund the works, with an interest cost of £4,153 on the loan.

The report goes on to state if the city council funds the work now it will work out cheaper than if it waits and attempts to complete the work on its own.

If the city council funds the work now it will work out cheaper than if it waits and attempts to complete the work on its own.

The report points to the usage of the front of the building for live TV broadcasts as placing extra strain on the pavement Pic: Tony Worrall
The report points to the usage of the front of the building for live TV broadcasts as placing extra strain on the pavement Pic: Tony Worrall

The Guild Hall remains mothballed as a venue following Mr Rigby placing the Guild Hall Ltd into administration.

Preston City Council took back control of the building under forfeiture of the lease from Mr Rigby who had taken on the building for £1 back in 2014.

Read more: How much the city council claim Simon Rigby owes them in unpaid business rates

The city council is in talks with a number of operators to take on the running of the venue. Other units within the Guild Hall arcade and facing into Lancaster Road remain open.

Councillors will meet on Thursday August 22 to discuss the proposals.

Read more: How much Preston Guild Hall Ltd owed is laid bare in new report

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