Decision details

Preston - Fishergate Central Gateway

Decision Maker: Leader of the County Council

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes


County Council officers, working with Preston City Council, have developed a proposition to deliver a high quality public realm scheme in Preston City Centre. The project is focussed on a re-configuration of key routes and gateways to enhance the attractiveness of the City Centre as a viable business location and act as a catalyst for new private sector investment.


Subject to contract, the County Council has secured European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) to deliver this first phase of a wider programme of gateway development work to improve connectivity between the City’s principal public transport hubs, the city centre core, the Central Business District and University Campus. 


The project will be delivered in phases, with Phase 1 commencing late Spring 2013, and final completion of Phase 3 in Summer 2014.


The scheme design will be informed by stakeholder and public information events during Spring 2013.


A total allocation of £1.6m from the Economic Development Capital Programme is requested to match fund the ERDF project, to deliver associated works and to enable progress to be made on delivery of future phases.


This is a deemed to be a Key Decision.  Standing Order 26 has been complied with.


County Councillor Geoff Driver, the Leader of the County Council, County Councillor Michael Green, the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Environment and Planning, and County Councillor Tim Ashton, the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport:


(i)  Approved the objective, scope and timescales of the Fishergate Central Gateway project;

(ii)  Noted that, subject to contract, European Regional Development Funds have been secured to deliver the transformational scheme.

(iii)  Approved expenditure of up to £1.6m from the approved Economic Development Capital Programme towards the project;

(iv)  Approved that the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport is the “Project Champion" ssupported by the Director of Lancashire Highway Services and the Director of Economic Development; and

(v)  Approved that the County Secretary and Solicitor, in consultation with the Director of Economic Development, and the County Treasurer be authorised to conclude contract negotiations with Department of Communities and Local Government.

Date of decision: 12/02/2013

Effective from: 16/02/2013

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