Leighton Street traveller site receives refurb funding

Posted on - 18th June, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, University campus
The site near Preston’s university campus

Funding for urgent refurbishments to a city traveller site has been secured.

Preston City Council has been given £337,220 by the government to do up the Leighton Street Traveller Site.

The funding will help to refurbish and improve the condition of the site, including the upgrade of mechanical and electrical equipment required for the installation of domestic meters, giving the residents greater control over their energy bills and running costs of the site.

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A co-operative has recently been formed to help manage the site, close to the university campus, and represent the residents who live there.

In May last year the site transferred from being run by Lancashire County Council to being under the city council.

John and Patrick Gavin

John Gavin, Leighton Street Co-operative Site Manager said: “The funding to help improve the infrastructure on the site will mean a great deal to the residents as they will have more control of their monthly outgoings, helping them to budget more easily and improving the standard of living for everyone.”

Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Matthew Brown said, “We are delighted to receive this much needed funding from DLUHC. The Leighton Street Cooperative, with help from Preston City Council, have been struggling to improve the utilities infrastructure on the site and to tackle the associated rising energy costs.

“This funding means that the council can now undertake, on the cooperative’s behalf, the enabling works to upgrade the site’s infrastructure, including the refurbishment of the utility blocks and new electricity meters which will provide residents greater control, flexibility, and reduce costs on their outgoing energy bills.”

The Leighton Street traveller site

The funding comes from the Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities’ Traveller Site Fund.

Minister for Levelling Up, Dehenna Davison MP, said: “We are supporting councils to improve travellers’ life chances and build cohesion between the settled and traveller communities.

“This funding is just one of the many ways we are improving opportunities for communities across the country, as part of the Levelling Up agenda.”

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