Preston Guild Hall bar wins fight for 6am boxing match licence

Preston Guild Hall’s Review bar has won permission to serve alcohol until 6am while showing the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight this weekend.

Last week Preston Council’s licensing committee turned down a similar application from the Ships and Giggles pub in the city.

But today councillors approved the Guild Hall’s bid to stay open late to show the boxing showdown live from Las Vegas this Bank Holiday weekend.

Police objected on the grounds that there could be large-scale disorder.

But Richard Simkin, head of operations at the Guild Hall, argued that the venue was used to holding major events and the 400-capacity night would be well managed with tight security.

The move will come as a blow to many other venues in Preston and elsewhere in Lancashire who have been told by police they will object to the late-night drinking.

Today’s decision could open the floodgates for more applications for the Saturday night event.

A Preston Council spokesman confirmed the application had been approved.

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Preston mum sets up self-help website for those with disabilities

A Preston Mum has set up an online resource to aid people who come into contact with disabilities. is the new website that enables people of all ages who come into contact with disabilities, either personally or professionally, to experience a mutual support network.

Users of Skiggle can provide each other with practical help and assistance, share experiences and find solutions to difficulties.

The website has an SOS solution system for care-based essentials, which means that fully registered users can request immediate assistance from other users in unforeseen circumstances.

There is also a marketplace feature, in which users can buy, sell and find for free a range of items that can help aid some disabilities

The site is currently live and has over 200 registered users.

Founder, Christine Singleton, from Preston, set up Skiggle in August 2016 after experiencing a time of need.

On a family holiday, a box of milk feed had not been packed, which her son, who has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, was reliant upon and imminently needed.

Christine said: “Sometimes, as a parent of a child with disabilities, getting through everyday life feels like wading through treacle; there are always obstacles to overcome and new unexpected challenges to face.

“I am no computer whizz, and neither am I an entrepreneur, but I am a mother to three children, the eldest of whom has profound complex needs.

“I battle and manage what can sometimes feel like the twists and turns of the unexpected every day, which upon occasion means that in amidst it all, I forget something – this was how Skiggle came to be.

“Had I someone to turn to on that day, had someone been able to offer me a helping hand, the predicament that I found myself in would have been easily remedied.

“Ultimately, none of us are experts; we are parents and carers who are trying to do the best for our loved ones.

“While services and professionals exist in constant parallel to our lives, and provide much needed support and guidance, I discovered the hard way that parallel does not always mean accessible.

“I know that alone I cannot help everyone, but I believe that through the creation of the online Skiggle community – through the uniting of parents and carers like myself – we can all start to help each other.

The idea of Skiggle’s SOS service is that everyone signs up to helping someone in need for no other reason than it is the right thing to do.

Skiggle’s success is wholly dependent upon individual’s registering and then being willing to help one another in times of need.

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Preston KFC may lose 5-star rating after inspection

A fast food restaurant’s five-star food hygiene rating is under threat after inspectors were called in following a tip off from a disgruntled former employee.
The man widely circulated photos which he claimed to be the inside of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s kitchen at Fishergate, Preston, on local Facebook forums.

Preston Council’s environmental health department visited the fast food outlet, the first KFC to open outside the US and Canada in 1965, and discovered some minor breaches of hygiene.

They said while only “minor” issues had been found, it was “likely” the premises could lose its current five-star hygiene rating, the best possible – when reviewed next.

The pictures circulated by the man claiming to be a former worker claimed to show greasy fryers at the fast food restaurant, a post which was widely shared before being taken down.

The photos have not been verified as showing the Preston restaurant.

A Preston City Council spokesman confirmed that senior inspectors visited the KFC on August 16 following the complaints.

The spokesman said: “Senior Environmental Health Technician Gillian Hall received a number of complaints this morning and visited the premises within an hour of receiving those complaints.

“Some breaches of food hygiene legislation were found, and these are being addressed by the company.

“While we are not in a position to disclose full details at this time, the items noted were mostly minor in nature.

“None of the issues required emergency prohibition powers or legal notices to be served, although the rating of the premises will be reviewed and is likely to change from the current rating of 5, which was awarded in February 2016.

“The Council’s proactive work with Preston food businesses is extensive – officers made over 1,000 visits to premises last year – with over half of the food businesses achieving a food hygiene rating of 5. It is easy to make an appointment to talk to the team through the Council’s website and I would encourage businesses with a rating of 0, 1 or 2 to work with the team to find a lasting solution.”

A spokesman for KFC said: “Our Fishergate restaurant did have a visit from the EHO this week, who found no food safety or health and safety critical issues in our restaurant, which has the best possible hygiene rating of 5/5.

“However, we’re always working to make sure our restaurants are the best they can be, so we’ll be taking all of the EHO’s suggestions on board.”

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Target date for opening of new Preston Market announced

The construction of the new Preston Markets is progressing on schedule, council chiefs have reported.

Market traders, residents, contractors and councillors are now pleased to see the completion date edging ever closer.

“If you haven’t yet had a chance to see the progress, take a look through the viewing windows located at the top and bottom of the 1875 market canopy or from the Upper Market balcony”.

Target date for opening is Monday December 4.

Installation of the steel structure was finished in July.

The completion of this stage formed the skeleton of the building with the new Market Hall now beginning to take shape. Since then ducting for services and drainage works have been completed.

This was a major piece of work due to the complexity of the service provisions required for each stall.

Completion of this has enabled the pouring of concrete for the floors.

The next key stage in the build is the arrival and installation of the glazed curtain walling during August – an exciting milestone in the project.

Market traders have been kept fully up to date on the project and have also been to look around the site with contractors Conlon.

All looks good for the covered market hall and the box market to be completed on time.

But that could alter if any unexpected delays take place.

Preston Council leader Coun Peter Rankin said: “I am pleased to announce that we are on target for the opening of the new Market Hall before Christmas.

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Getting to Deepdale for PNE match days just got easier

A number of dedicated match day shuttle buses have been announced by Preston North End.

Preston Bus has a number of dedicated services but the club has teamed up with Tyrers to help those to the south of Preston get to Deepdale.

All the Tyrers services will be a 72-seater bus and prices are £3 for a single fare and £4 for a return.

The routes begin from Saturday (19 August) home game against Reading.

PNE says the routes are a trial and will be reviewed and potentially changed subject to popularity.

Route One – Tesco in Leyland:

3pm kick-off: Departs from Tesco bus stop A at 1.30pm for Deepdale
7.45pm kick-off: Departs from Tesco bus stop A at 6.15pm for Deepdale

Route Two – Railway Pub in Leyland:

3pm kick-off: Departs from the bus stop opposite the Railway Pub, outside Perrys Vauxhall, at 1.30pm for Deepdale
7.45pm kick-off: Departs from the bus stop opposite the Railway Pub, outside Perrys Vauxhall, at 6.15pm for Deepdale

Route Three – Lostock Hall:

3pm kick-off: Departs from The Victoria bus stop at 1.25pm then on to Withy Arms, Station Road bus stop, departing at 1.35pm for Deepdale.
7pm kick-off: Departs from The Victoria bus stop at 6.10pm then on to Withy Arms, Station Road bus stop, departing at 6.20pm for Deepdale.
Please note the service is unable to stop at the Pleasant Retreat/SPAR stop as the bus will need to be in the right hand lane at the lights to make the turn into Brownedge Road.

Route Four – Chorley:

3pm kick-off: Departs from Booths, Chorley (Union Street) at 1.15pm, on to Bay Horse Whittle le Woods departing at 1.25pm, then the Former Pines Hotel departing at 1.28pm for Deepdale
7.45pm kick-off: Departs from Booths, Chorley (Union Street) at 6pm, on to Bay Horse Whittle le Woods departing at 6.10pm, then the Former Pines Hotel departing at 6.13pm for Deepdale

Route Five – Preston Train Station:

3pm kick-off: Departing Preston Train Station from Fishergate stand A at 1.30pm and 2.15pm
7.45pm kick-off: Departing Preston Train Station from Fishergate stand A at 6.15pm and 7pm

In addition to the above services, Preston Bus will continue to run their services from Lea and Cottam to Deepdale. Details of these services can be found below.

3pm Kick-Offs:

287 from Lea, Aldfield Avenue departing at 2pm, then Lane Ends at 2.05pm then direct to Deepdale.
289 from Cottam, Ancient Oak at 2pm, then Cottam Way at 2.02pm, Tanterton Hall Road/Guild Merchant at 2.05pm, Ingol Post Office at 2.08pm, Lane Ends at 2.12pm then direct to Deepdale.

7.45pm Kick-Offs:

287 from Lea, Aldfield Avenue departing at 7pm, then Lane Ends at 7.05pm then direct to Deepdale.
289 from Cottam, Ancient Oak at 7pm, then Cottam Way at 7.02pm, Tanterton Hall Road/Guild Merchant at 7.05pm, Ingol Post Office at 7.08pm, Lane Ends at 7.12pm then direct to Deepdale.
Both services will pick up at all bus stops along the route.

Fares for all journeys on both Preston Bus services above are £1 single and £2 return. Child fares are 80p single and £1.50 return. Pensioner and disabled NOW cards are valid for free travel.

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Moor Park to host outdoor cinema screenings

Hundreds of people have already signed up to see films shown on a big screen in Moor Park.

The outdoor cinema is being put up during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

All films are free to watch – you just need to bring something comfy to sit on.

Preston City Council is organising the showings of The Incredibles, The Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The giant screen is being put on the Moor Park Avenue car park facing the football pavillion.

The showings are:
12noon – The Incredibles (U)
3pm – The Guardians of the Galaxy (12A)
6pm – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12)

The showings are on Sunday 27 August.

You can bring your own food but there will be catering vans on site.

Between the screenings a short film or film trivia quiz will be held.

It’s free to attend but you’re asked to register in advance via Eventbrite.

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68 knives, including a machete, surrendered in amnesty

Police have revealed that more than 68 knives were handed-in across Lancashire during its two-week amnesty as part of Operation Sceptre.

And 41 of those were surrendered in the Preston, Chorley and Skelmersdale areas, including a machete, a cutlass, a flick knife and several other kitchen and pen knives.

Lancashire police held the amnesty between July 17 and 31 as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime and to remove weapons from Lancashire’s streets.

Residents were called on to place knives and blades in bins set up at nine police stations in Blackpool, Burnley, Preston, Skelmersdale, Morecambe, Fleetwood, Blackburn, Chorley and Colne.

Cadet volunteers were also used by officers to check the sale of knives and blades to underage people at Lancashire businesses.

Police found that while the majority of premises across the county were compliant, a few failed.

Officers say that these businesses are now working with the police and trading standards to resolve the issues, improve their standards and amend the training that staff receive whilst working for them.

Despite the surrender coming to an end, police say people can continue to hand in any knife at any police station.

Chief Inspector Mark Baines said: “I would still like to appeal to youngsters that carrying a knife doesn’t offer them protection.

“Not only is being in possession of a knife in a public place a criminal offence, young people are also more likely to be stabbed and seriously injured with their own weapon.”

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, he said: “Too many families have been affected by knife crime with even one person being stabbed being one too many.

“The consequences of carrying and using a knife can be devastating and potentially life-threatening.

“I would appeal directly to people that if you know someone who is carrying a knife, don’t keep silent. Report it.

“The law is simple – it is illegal to carry a knife, even if it belongs to someone else.

“Anyone who is found carrying a knife and is intending to use it as a weapon – even in self-defence can be arrested, go to court and receive a police record or even a prison sentence of up to four years and an unlimited fine.”

Young people who want to find out more about knife crime and the dangers of carrying a knife on Lancashire’s streets should log onto the Trust Ed website –

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Get a House For Free

Landlord Marco Robinson – who owns a £25 million property empire – gave away a three-bed flat worth £120,000. First he had to find the right person or people who would benefit the most.

Marco Robinson was interviewed by our very own CityBeat Breakfast presenter Anthony Gilmour.

If you missed it you can catch up:

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St George’s Shopping Centre concerned about impact of Cuerden plans on city centre

The owners of St George’s Shopping Centre have expressed their concerns that the plans for Cuerden will have a negative effect on the city centre.

Alongside Ikea there are plans for restaurants, offices, homes and other retailers which could see the creation of up to 4,500 jobs.

A letter sent by Infared to South Ribble Borough Council includes a number of ‘planning conditions’ aimed at reducing the impact of the site on the ‘health of the city centre.’

Infared have owned St George’s Shopping Centre in 2015 and they are being advised by Lichfields Planning and Development Consultancy.

The conditions are as follows :

No poaching – seeks to protect the high street retail offer of the city centre, making particular reference to empty retail space.

Restricting non-bulky sales – Ikea would be classed as bulky sales. Restricting the net retail trading area.

A spokesperson for the Cuerden Strategic Development said: “Our planning application is accompanied by a detailed retail assessment which looks at the potential impact our development could have on surrounding centres, such as Preston city centre.

“The assessment demonstrates that the scheme will not lead to a significant adverse impact on any local city or town centres, a conclusion that has been endorsed, following rigorous examination by South Ribble Borough Council and their specialist retail advisers.

“A number of potential conditions to control the proposed retail floorspace were put forward within the application submission and as such we fully expect these to be imposed by the Council, should they grant planning permission for the scheme.”

Cuerden strategic site at where the M65 begins has been earmarked for development for a number of years.

Peter Rankin, leader of Preston City Council, said in November: “There may be some concerns about the impact of retail provision on Preston City Centre and we will ensure, through the planning process, that this will be carefully considered and all the evidence thoroughly reviewed.”

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New housing developments in Preston launch this weekend

Jones Homes will be launching not one, not two, but three housing developments in Preston this weekend. This will be the first chance for home buyers to reserve a home at any of three locations in Cottam, Walton-Le-Dale and Penwortham.

The event will be held at Preston Marriot Hotel this weekend on Sunday 20th August between 11am and 4pm. A VIP event will be held the day before on Saturday 19th.

To attend the VIP event on Saturday visitors must first register their interest by visiting the Jones Homes website or calling  01253 728760. The launch will be the first opportunity to view details, ask questions and reserve from the first choice of available plots. Special launch event prices will be available. General release pricing will be applicable from Monday 21st August.


Julie Hardy, Sales and Marketing Director said “We are very excited about building in Preston. Early interest has been very strong and we are delighted to now open up these developments for reservations and release full details of what is on offer. As a thank you to everyone who has pre-registered we are offering them first choice on the Saturday before having a general open day on the Sunday. The Preston Marriott Hotel is a great venue and we look forward meeting lots of people over the weekend.”

Ribbleswood Chase, at Hoyles Lane in Cottam will bring 48 new homes to the area. A mix of 2,3,4 and 5 bedrooms homes including a number of true and dorma style bungalows.

Walton Meadows, at Duddle Lane, Walton –Le-Dale is a quaint development of just 26 new homes. Mainly 4 bedroom detached properties but also 3 detached 2 bedroom bungalows.

Greenhill Gate, at Claytongate Drive, Penwortham will be a collection of 28 new homes. A mix of 2,3 and 4 bedroom 2 storey houses.

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