Tuesday 27th of October 2015
It’s a busy time for regeneration and redevelopment in Preston at the moment and the latest addition to all the changes and developments in the city is at Winckley Square Gardens. The historic area of the city has received the go ahead from the Town Hall, where plans for the changes have been rubber stamped and the £1.2m development can begin.
The area will be developed over the next three years and is being led by a partnership including the city council, the Winckley Square Community Interest Company and Groundwork has received a stage two pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund after their application and it should see another area of the city brought right up to date, offering an enjoyable and inviting environment and become another reason to visit the city.
The Gardens have been the subject of controversy in the past, as a group of local historians derailed plans to make changes in 2009 but now, it is these very people who are involved with and making the decisions in the new development. Speaking on behalf of the council, the deputy leader Councillor John Swindells described the moment as they many different bodies came together ‘to try to come up with a scheme that would be fitting. People have given hours and hours of time for the people of Preston, to make what is a great park now even better.’
Green spaces are really important in UK cities and Preston is one that is recognising this and working to make its parks even more enjoyable for visitors and locals alike.