Jack has welcomed the transfer of a prominent derelict parcel of land into local authority ownership.
The land, at 4-6 The Strand, Longton once housed a restaurant. Since the demolition of this building following a fire in 2010, the council has been battling to recoup the costs associated with removing the structure through the courts.
Following pressure from local residents and businesses the city council has been looking to take control of this land for the benefit of the regeneration of Longton. Ownership has been assigned to the council, which is now working with Longton Community Partnership to improve the site.
Jack, and cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Dan Jellyman, are asking the community to come forward with ideas for renewing the site.
“This has been a blight on Longton town centre and restoration of this land has been a key priority of mine. I have been pleased to work closely with the council to bring it into public ownership. Now we can take action with the local community to improve this part of our town centre.
“I would like to pay tribute to the sterling work of the Longton Community Partnership, which only this month saw Longton win a Bronze Award from RHS Britain in Bloom. It would be fantastic if we could build on this success and find partners in the local community to enhance the land for everyone who comes to Longton.”
Cllr Daniel Jellyman said:
“We know this land has been an issue for local businesses and residents for quite some time. Now the City council is in ownership of the land we can work with the community to develop the site for the benefit of all. I know that many are keen to see a community space there. I am sure that working in partnership we can deliver that.”