The campaign backed HM Government e-petition is here.
18/04/2013 Update: Preston City Council have made an application to English Heritage to block all further listing efforts, helping ensure that the council can achieve its goal of demolishing the current iconic building.
The President of RIBA, The Royal Institute Of British Architects, has written to English Heritage supporting the listing efforts.
29/03/2013 The leader of Preston City Council, Labour Councillor Peter Rankin, has suggested that demolition will take place next summer
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Preston Bus Station:
The demolition of Preston Bus Station was announced on 7th December by Preston Council.
- £12.6m - 17.1m - the assumed cost of demolition and replacement (no developed plans for replacement) according to a report commissioned by Preston City Council - Jacobs Report
- £1.8m - the assumed cost of just the demolition, to be paid by Preston City Council - Jacobs Report
- £23m - 25m - the cost of a replacement bus station last time plans were fully developed - Source
- £17m - 23m - the assumed cost of refurbishment according to a report commissioned by Preston City Council in 2012 - Jacobs Report
- A few million - the cost of
"converting" the bus station according to an interview with the leader of Preston City Council in 2011 - Source (5m 10s)
- £10m - 12m - the cost of refurbishment according to a councillor from Preston City Council in 2013 - Source
- £4m - the cost of refurbishment according to a "council report" in 2010 - Source,
- £84,610 - the profit that the bus station building made. One councillor, also a member of the council cabinet confirmed in Feb 2012 that the building is profitable.
- 17 - the number of times the word assume/assumed appears in the 34 pages of the Jacobs Report, the main document that the council uses to justify the desruction of the city's focal point.
And more facts:
A 1,435 signature petition (count verified by Preston Council) calling for a local referendum on the future of the station successfully forced city councillors to debate the issue – they rejected the request for a public vote.
Why only 1,435 signatures? This was slightly over the council mandated figure required to force councillors to debate the issue of a referendum. Once the target was reached the petition was handed in. Further signatures could have been collected if the petition had continued for longer than the few months that it ran.
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The campaign to Save Preston Bus Station