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Preston Guild Hall legal wrangle resolved

Posted on - 16th March, 2023 - 9:38pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston Council, Preston Guild Hall, Preston News
The Guild Hall, Preston
The Guild Hall, Preston

Preston City Council has announced that it can now proceed with plans for the future of Preston Guild Hall.

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Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said: “Preston’s iconic Guild Hall can now look forward to a bright future once more.

“The much-loved Guild Hall is vital to the economy of the city and we know that our residents will be glad to hear the good news.

“The council will be exploring all options in order to give the building a new lease of life and a viable future.”

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Cllr Brown at the Guild Hall
Cllr Matthew Brown Leader of Preston City Council at the Guild Hall Preston

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Adrian Phillips, Chief Executive of Preston City Council:  “There has been lots of interest in future plans of the building and we understand the significance and importance of the Guild Hall to the people of Preston, the city and the wider city region.

“We are now in a position where we can prepare a business case in the hope of securing a long term, sustainable, and profitable future for the building.

“It will be a significant task to deliver a positive and optimistic future for The Guild Hall Preston but we are committed to bringing it back into use and once again, it being at the heart of culture and entertainment in Preston.” 

The city council took back control of the venue in 2019 – after it had handed it to the late Simon Rigby in 2014.

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A legal battle then ensued and Mr Rigby passed away in 2020. Since then the venue has remained in limbo due to legal battles between the city council, the Rigby estate and the businesses who had units within the Guild Hall Arcade.

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