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Teamed Up For Town's Masterplan

AMBITIOUS proposals for the future economic prosperity of Clitheroe have received a boost with the formation of a "town team."

The team, comprising leading representatives of Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, community groups and businesses, will drive forward the Clitheroe Town Centre Masterplan.

The masterplan, which was commissioned by Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and the Ribble Valley Strategic Partnership, sets out a long-term economic strategy for the town, including improvements to Market Square, Castle Street, Moor Lane and Wellgate.

The masterplan was unveiled in outline form last November, when over 300 residents and businesses gave their views during a consultation exercise.

Richard Sherras, deputy leader of Ribble Valley Borough Council, said: "The consultation revealed that Clitheroe is well-loved and home to a community eager to play a role in securing a prosperous future.

"However, there is a recognition that Clitheroe needs to be more responsive to changing economies, lifestyles and markets, therefore the issue of investment in the medium to long term needs to be discussed and addressed now.

"This masterplan has the potential to make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of Clitheroe and we look forward to working with our partners and the community in taking some of these exciting suggestions forward."

Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council and cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: "We were delighted by the numbers of residents and businesses in Clitheroe that had their say in making the town a better and more prosperous place.

"Working with the community to ensure that as many of these views as possible play a part in the future of Clitheroe will be very exciting." Clitheroe estate agent and surveyor Ian Lloyd added: "This is the opportunity to influence the future of the town that the residents and businesses of

Clitheroe have been waiting for and I look forward to playing my part in this important team."

One of the team's first tasks will be to look at the compilation of a development brief for Clitheroe Market and preparation of an urban design guide for Clitheroe town centre.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is also working closely with partners and businesses to develop and deliver masterplans for Longridge and Whalley.