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Ribble Valley has Best Rural Quality of Life

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Stuart Hirst
Published Friday, 14 August 2015

Ribble Valley has the best rural quality of life in the North West according to a top survey.

And Clitheroe is the eighth best market town in which to live in the UK according to a national newspaper.

Residents of Ribble Valley enjoy the best quality of life of any rural area in the North West, according to the 2015 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.

The survey took a wide range of factors into account, including crime rates, employment, school results, broadband access, health and wellbeing, life expectancy and the weather!

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “These results reveal what we have always known, that Ribble Valley is one of the UK’s hidden gems.

“The council works hard with its partners to keep crime rates low and ensure the borough remains one of the best places in the country in which to live, work and raise a family.

“And although only a small rural authority the council has an excellent record of success, enjoying a level of customer satisfaction that is the envy of neighbouring authorities, as well as healthy reserves and one of the lowest council tax rates in the country.

“All of this is down to elected members, who draw upon many diverse talents, a committed senior management team and a loyal and dedicated workforce.

“We are delighted with these results and might have fared even better in the survey had it not been for the weather!”

The survey found that southern areas tended to receive higher ratings for weekly earnings and the weather, while northern areas scored better on education, lower house prices in relation to earnings, lower traffic flows and population densities.

Ribble Valley is the safest place in Lancashire and one of the safest in the UK, with around 28 crimes recorded annually for every 1,000 residents, which is significantly below the national average and the lowest in Lancashire.

The borough is also one of the UK’s premier food destinations and on 7 September will host Stage 2 of the Aviva Tour of Britain, the UK’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event.

Clitheroe was also recently placed eighth in the UK’s Top 10 Market Towns by the Times newspaper, while Whalley was named one of the Top 10 Places to Live in the UK by the Sunday Times.

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