Happy birthday Derian House NOVEMBER 2018 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Welcome to your great monthly digest of all the leading news stories, what’s on and a round-up of local sports. We’ve got our finger on the Pulse! WE’RE ON THE UP! FREE MONTHLY PULSE Preston Chorley & Leyland Preston is the UK’s most improved city SEE SPORT PAGE 3 PAGE 7 PNE: Signs of recovery? Freddie bats for the county Countdown to Christmas PLUS PAGE 16 WHAT’S ON: YOUR GUIDE Looking to SELL or RENT your House? CALL TODAY! 01257 791888 159-161 Spendmore Lane, Coppull PR7 5BY SPECIAL WINTER OFFER See page 11 NO 1 FOR LETTINGS! Guaranteed Rent with Rent Protection & Legal Cover SEE PAGE 20 236-238 Eaves Lane, Chorley PR6 0ET Tel: 01257 263402 Christmas orders being taken... Hurry before it’s too late! For our Festive Packs we require a £20 deposit by 10th December. We want to wish all our customers, old and new, a very Happy Christmas. J McRobb HIGH CLASS FAMILY BUTCHERS & DELICATESSEN PACK 1 £50 XMAS BASICS £35 PACK 2 £75 PACK 3 £100 PRESTON has been named “the most im- proved city” in the UK in a league table ranking economic performance and quality of life. The city beat its noisy neighbours Manchester and Liverpool in the latest in- fluential Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities 2018 index. It measures the perfor- mance of 42 of the UK’s largest cities, England’s Lo- cal Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the nine com- bined authorities, against a list of ten key indicators. These include employ- ment, health, income and skills - the most important factors, as judged by the public - while housing afford- ability, commuting times, environmental factors and income inequality are also included, as is the number of new business starts. Matthew Brown, leader of Preston City Council, said: “We are really pleased to see the results of this report highlight the great progress we have made, and are still making in Preston. “This success is based on practical policies to build wealth for the whole com- munity collaboratively with a number of partners. “Employment, health, income and skills are im- portant factors for economic success and wellbeing and we are proud to receive na- tional recognition for the improvement in these areas that has been made in the city in the last 12 months. “There is still much work to be done, but we are up to the challenge and contin- ue to invest in a future to benefit everyone.” Edwin Booth, who chairs the county’s LEP, said: “To be ranked as the most im- proved urban conurbation in the country based on range of key indicators including employment and pay, house prices, transport, the envi- ronment and work-life-bal- ance is fantastic news. “Both the private and public sectors have played a key role in delivering a step-change in Preston’s economy and regeneration. “And there is a tangible air of confidence and excite- ment about what the future holds for the city, the wider central Lancashire region and the county itself.”