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Rigby Estate no longer pursuing Preston City Council in Guild Hall case

Posted on - 19th January, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, City Centre, Preston Council, Preston Guild Hall, Preston News
Preston Guild Hall Grand Hall The Grand Hall Pic: Michael Porter Photography
The Grand Hall Pic: Michael Porter Photography

The financial collapse of Preston Guild Hall and Preston City Council’s reclamation of the arts site will be delved into again in May this year.

The trial will explore the city council’s re-ownership of the venue since 2019, which cited breaches of the lease, leading the late Simon Rigby and 13 entities to claim the seizure was illegal due to losses incurred.

Read more: Frustration as Preston Guild Hall legal wrangles continue

Latest information from the Business Debt Advisor’s Beverley Budsworth – administrator of Preston Guild Hall Ltd, reveal the Rigby Estate are no longer pursuing legal action against the local authority in the ongoing legal wrangling.

Blog Preston contacted Preston City Council for comment on the latest decision, a spokesperson reiterated their inability to respond. They said: “I’m afraid we cannot comment on ongoing litigation.”

The Guild Hall in Lancaster Road Pic: Gary Bond
The Guild Hall in Lancaster Road Pic: Gary Bond

Read more: The demise of the Guild Hall and the origins of the city’s Guild

The other 12 businesses who were operating in the Arcade are pursuant that the Council taking control of the building was and is ‘unlawful’ and that they are wholly responsible for the damages created since the take-over and long-term closure of the landmark venue.

Amounting to the legal wrangles, a separate trial will take place from Monday 20 March, where businesses will actively seek an order to restore possessions of the Guild Hall and damages from the losses incurred.

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