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About Preston City Council
Preston City Council is a district council, working alongside Lancashire County Council as part of a two-tier local government system.
The Labour party have overall control of the council. To find out more about the councillors who run the council please see How the council works.
Council employees (or officers) are responsible for the day-to-day running of the council and implementing the policies and decisions taken by councillors.
The council operates with four directorates. For more information see the council departments and management team page.
What Preston City Council does
The council spends more than £100million a year providing a range of public services from pest control to planning. It is one of the largest employers in the area with 996 employees.
During an average year, the council:
- Collects rubbish from approx 60,500 households every week
- Regularly inspects more than 1,350 food premises in the area
- Cleans all Preston’s streets, collecting 16,000 tonnes of litter each year
- Recycles and composts 16,000 tonnes of rubbish
- Maintains more than 550 hectares of parks and open spaces
- Runs two leisure centres, with almost one million people using the facilities every year
- Has a wide collection of artwork and local historical treasures on display at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery