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Poll after Poll Reveal Ribble Valley is the Place to Be

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Stuart Hirst
Published Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Ribble Valley residents are the happiest in the country, according to a top survey.

Furthermore, Clitheroe and Longridge have been named in the top 20 places in the UK in which to raise a family, while Whalley has been named as the best place to live in the North West.

Ribble Valley residents have also given Ribble Valley Borough Council the thumbs-up in a recent satisfaction survey.

The 2016 Halifax Rural Quality of Life Survey found that Ribble Valley residents had a ‘happiness rating’ of 8.2, significantly higher than the UK average of 7.5. 

The survey, compiled from a wide range of key indicators, including employment, housing, the environment, education, health and personal wellbeing, also found that the borough was one of the top 50 rural areas in the UK for quality of life.

Clitheroe and Longridge have been named by OneFamily as two of the best towns in England and Wales in which to raise a family. The mutual compiled its top 20 postcodes using 71 sets of data on education, property, safety, childcare, amenities and population, with Longridge coming sixth and Clitheroe 13th.

Whalley has also topped the North West section of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide, which combines data such as crime rates, house prices and school performance.

And in the 2016 Perception Survey, 94 per cent of Ribble Valley residents said they were satisfied with life in the borough, one of the highest satisfaction rates in the North West, while 74 per cent of respondents said they were happy with the way the borough council ran services.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “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.

“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.

“We are delighted with these results that reveal what we have always known, that Ribble Valley is one of the UK’s hidden gems.”

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