Regeneration in the Ribble Valley
Over the last few years the Ribble Valley has seen a number of successful regeneration and community projects take place. Below are some of the successful projects and schemes that have been carried out.
Clitheroe Castle Heritage Scheme
Clitheroe Castle has dominated the Ribble Valley skyline since its construction in the 12th Century by Robert de Lacy to protect the administrative centre of his vast estates. In 2009 a 3.5 million restoration of the historic castle was completed and opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester after a two-year refurbishment funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, SITA Trust, North West Development Agency and several private and public sector partners.
Old Station Buildings, Longridge
The building situated in the town centre of Longridge has recently undergone a sensitive conversion and restoration to create, office space, a local archive, toilets, meeting rooms, reception area, exhibition space and a themed cafe. The improved facility will serve not only the residents of Longridge but visitors to the Town and the adjacent Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The project was funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, Ribble Valley Borough Council, BIFFA, Lancashire County Council and several other public and private sector partners.
Ribble Valley Economic Strategy and Action Plans
A competitive and sustainable economy will be created for the Borough of Ribble Valley, providing opportunities for employment and continuous business development. By encouraging sustainable practices, we will seek to enhance and maintain vibrant local communities whilst promoting the protection of the environment for future generations.
We will support and develop an economically sustainable and prosperous area where investment is encouraged, skills are developed and new and existing businesses are supported. Through the work of this Strategy and its underlying actions, we will aim to be recognised as a highly entrepreneurial and enterprising Borough.
Primrose Mill Lodge lies between Whalley Road and Woone Lane in Clitheroe. Over the years, as mains water, electricity and gas took over the need for the adjacent mills own source water supply, the lodge became redundant and has since been left to nature.
There is an opportunity to look at developing the lodge for possible community use and Ribble Valley Borough Council is working closely with the developers of the Primrose Mill site to look at possible schemes for the lodge that could see it used as a community facility.
The project is of great interest to the local community and surveys are being carried out on the site which will hopefully provide a clearer picture of the current state of the lodge and will allow a group of interested stakeholders to be brought together to look at its potential.
Ribble Valley Food Trail
The Ribble Valley Food Trail is an award winning food trail devised by Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The trail, which was launched in 2008, heralded Ribble Valley's ongoing recovery from the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic, showcased the borough's fine food and drink, and acted as a springboard for Taste Lancashire '08, a year of events coordinated by the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board aimed at promoting food producers, farmers' markets, up-and-coming chefs and fine food.
It featured 36 restaurants, inns, shops and delicatessens, chosen for their top-quality food, exceptional customer service and commitment to local produce, on a dedicated map and web site. As well as unearthing some fantastic success stories, including several businesses that had successfully diversified following the devastation of foot and mouth, the trail scooped several awards, including from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board and Countryside Alliance.