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First stage of new Leyland extra care site at West Paddock begins

Posted on - 11th April, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Leyland, Politics, Preston News, Redevelopment, South Ribble News
NHS Covid-19 local test centre in the council's Civic Centre car park on West Paddock, Leyland

Ground condition investigatory work is starting on the West Paddock site in Leyland.

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Work will begin next to the Civic Centre on Monday, April 11.

The work is taking place for the team to better understand the ground conditions of the area which will then assist in the ongoing design of the facility.

Final designs for the facility have not yet been approved and the council have been recently conducting a series of consultation events for residents to share their views on the proposed designs. The next consultation session will take place on April 12 at the Civic Centre in Leyland from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

The work will take approximately two weeks to complete and will see a drilling rig towed by a Land Rover and an excavator to dig boreholes and trail pits. Any boreholes and pits will be back filled after inspection and sampling and all work areas will be isolated with temporary heras fencing. No excavations are to remain open unsupervised or overnight.

A compound will be erected on site and will consist of a small welfare unit and a container that will be situated close to the Civic Centre. The compound and works should not impede on the current access to the field and some noise may be experienced but will be kept to a minimum.

Councillor Mick Titherington with one of the new defibrillators Pic: South Ribble Borough Council
Councillor Mick Titherington Pic: South Ribble Borough Council

Councillor Mick Titherington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure said: “For a long time, an extra care facility has been vitally needed in the borough.

“We have an aging population and as a council we want to do all we can to make sure that those people who need additional care can continue to live in the borough independently. This essential work is just the start of the process to make Jubilee Gardens a reality.

“The works will take around two weeks to complete and while a compound will be in place, access to the field will always be available. Any excavation work will be back filled to ensure minimal impact on the area for the public once complete.

“The information gathered from this work will assist in the design process and we are still seeking residents’ views on how the facility will look. You can drop into the next consultation session on 12 April at the Civic Centre between 4.30 and 6.30pm”

The Extra Care scheme is the first of its kind in the borough and the scheme will support independent living by providing housing and support services.

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