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In case you missed it: Five stories from Preston this week, August 22 to 28

Posted on - 29th August, 2020 - 10:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Housing, In Case You Missed It, People, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribbleton
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Woman completing the test at the new Deepdale centre. Pic: Deepdale Community Association / Twitter

A lot has happened in Preston over the last seven days.

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Preston and South Ribble saw a drop in coronavirus rates thanks to local measures, and police launched an appeal to identify three youths following a robbery in Ribbleton.

Below is a round up of the stories you might have missed in the last week.

Preston businessman Simon Rigby MBE has died suddenly aged 58

Simon Rigby with his MBE
Simon Rigby with his MBE

Multimillionaire businessman Simon Rigby MBE has died at his home in Wrea Green.

The entrepreneur was one of Preston’s most ambitious investors with a portfolio spanning the energy, entertainment, hospitality and care sectors.

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Work underway to transform Preston’s Park Hotel

The office block to the left of the former Park Hotel is being demolished Pic: Tony Worrall
The office block to the left of the former Park Hotel is being demolished Pic: Tony Worrall

Work is underway to demolish the office block on the site of the historic Park Hotel.

The 1960s building in East Cliff, which overlooks the railway line, will be replaced with a brand new structure providing conference and office facilities.

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Jobs at risk as West View Leisure Centre operators say it will remain closed ‘for the foreseeable future’ 

West View Leisure Centre
West View Leisure Centre

West View Leisure Centre faces an uncertain future after operators GLL announced it will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Staff at the leisure centre in Ribbleton have been warned their jobs are at risk due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the charitable social enterprise.

Trade Unions have been advised and a staff consultation process began on August 24.

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Tributes to Preston’s ‘guerilla gardener’ Jam, who died on Sunday

Jam with his art Pic: Facebook

Tributes have poured in to a popular Preston gardener who died on Sunday.

Jam Imani Rad, 70, hit the headlines after spending more than £6,000 turning his garden in Harrington Street into a vibrant communal garden for his neighbours to enjoy.

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Plans for 100 home development in Whitestake back on the table after High Court ruling

Chain House Lane

Plans for a 100 home development in Whitestake are back on the table after a decision to block the scheme was overturned in the High Court.

Wainhomes wants to build the housing estate on land off Chain House Lane but South Ribble Council refused the plans, saying the scheme was not necessary in order to meet the area’s housing need.

However the developer disputed the decision and took the matter to the High Court.

Read the full story here

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