The University of Central Lancashire brings thousands of students to the city of Preston every year, which also happens to bring hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds along with it.
That’s without mentioning the huge amount of money the institution has invested in local projects, including arts, culture and music events.
Now UCLan is planning to make Preston a city for students with a further £250 million investment that will include Corporation Street, the Train Station and Mill Hill.
Of course, this new master plan will once again bring more money and a further boost for Preston’s economy, but, are they going too far?
After all, students occupy the city for eight months of the year, while Preston locals have to deal with any major changes all year round; regardless of if the students are here or not.
It seems UCLan’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Ahern recognises some of this concern, as he told Place North West, ‘Clearly this isn’t our land and we have no responsibility for it so it might seem like an odd thing to do; but we’ve been in Preston for 190 years and will be here for another 190, so the greater contribution we can make to the city the better.’
Last year the University saw backlash over plans to convert the Adelphi roundabout into a student courtyard, which would affect traffic flow through the city.
With yet more changes to Preston’s landscape has UCLan gone too far, and not shown enough respect to the people that live, work and have been in Preston thier whole lives?
LET US KNOW YOU’RE THOUGHTS! IS THE INVESTMENT GREAT FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY? OR HAS IT GONE TOO FAR?