New base for Leyland's Citizens Advice Bureau

Chorley Citizen: The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark, cuts the ribbon to open the CAB’s new offices in Leyland with his wife Margaret, Tony Harrison, Vice Chair of Lancashire West CAB, and John Taylor, Chair of Lancashire West CAB The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark, cuts the ribbon to open the CAB’s new offices in Leyland with his wife Margaret, Tony Harrison, Vice Chair of Lancashire West CAB, and John Taylor, Chair of Lancashire West CAB

An enhanced service from the Citizens Advice Bureau is to following its move to new offices in Leyland.

The CAB’s new base at the former police station building on Towngate was officially opened by the Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark, on Friday.

South Ribble Borough Council, which owns the property , offered the whole ground floor to CAB on a long lease at a peppercorn rent after they asked for help finding a new home in the town.

Up to 10 volunteers can now answer telephone calls from the public seeking free and independent advice, compared with only three at their previous premises.

It means the CAB can also offer training opportunities to more people who want to become volunteers.

CAB has created a new reception area and an information point where people can gain access to a wide range of help and advice.

The offices are also easier to access for people with disabilities because all the rooms are on one level.

Refurbishment has been carried out, including internal alterations to create three interview rooms.

Coun Clark, said: “The council has been a big supporter of our local CAB for many years, both financially and in other ways, because we recognise the vital service they provide to local residents.

“We were delighted to be able to help when they asked for assistance in finding new premises.

“I think it’s a win-win situation. We’re delighted that a public building is being put to such good use, and the CAB now have well-equipped, easily accessible and convenient offices to help them continue giving advice and support to our residents.

They will also save some money on their running costs because they will only be paying a nominal rent to the council.”

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