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Leighton Street Travellers Site renovation plans confirmed

Posted on - 1st February, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Housing, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, University campus
The travellers site sits behind the Leighton Street car park close to the university campus Pic: Google
The travellers site sits behind the Leighton Street car park close to the university campus . Pic: Google

Preston City Council has secured funding to refurbish the Leighton Street Travellers Site which has been housing a family-led community for over 30 years.

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The Development for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLHUC) approved the Council’s application to the Traveller Site Fund on 23 December 2022.

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The grant funding and an addition to the Capital Programme was secured on Friday 13 January, to aid with more than £100k expenditures for renovation plans.

Read more: Preston City Council adopts Leighton Street Traveller site

Reasons for the approval decision are stated on the Council’s website: “The additional funding will add value to the site enabling upgrades to mechanical and electrical installations to be completed, together with the creation of a new toilet block and caravan pitch providing additional residential accommodation.

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“These improvements will provide a positive impact for the residents of Leighton Street Travellers Site.

“The successful funding bid helps contribute towards the “Fairness for You” corporate initiative and enables upgrade to the site at minimal expenditure.”

The site was transferred from Lancashire County Council to Preston City Council in May 2022, after significant concerns raised in the Traveller community over the possible sale of the Preston site.

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