Preston City Council
Counting complete. After 16 of 16 seats declared.
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 10
- Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
- Councillors overall total 30
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 5
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
- Councillors overall total 11
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -2
- Councillors overall total 7
By Mike Stevens
Political reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire
Traders who work at Preston Markets have been granted a three-month rent relief period by Preston City Council to allow them to continue trading throughout the lockdown.Copyright: Preston City Council
The council hopes it will allow traders who sell fresh produce to continue.
The council also wants to ensure other traders who are not providing essential services will be able to return to the markets after the lockdown is lifted.
Council leader Matthew Brown said:Quote Message: I would like to say a big thank you to the traders who are able to continue to operate at this difficult time, offering essential fresh produce to the people of Preston. This is greatly appreciated by both myself and all your customers.Quote Message: I would encourage everyone to continue to shop locally and support our independent businesses who are anchored in our community during this unparalleled time.
A spokesman for the council said they are "considering" providing assistance to other businsses that are occupying Council premises outside of the markets.
Preston City Council has cancelled all planning committee meetings while the Covid-19 lockdown continues.
Chief executive of the council, Adrian Phillips, has been granted emergency powers, meaning he will make decisions that are normally done by the committees.
The council said Mr Phillips would consult a small team of councillors, including the chairman, vice-chairman and representatives of other parties, before making any decision.
Labour strengthened its majority by taking four seats from the Conservatives, who lost a further three to the Lib Dems at Preston City Council.