New Web Site Showcases ‘Amazing Spaces, People and Places’

Ken Hind
AMAZING – New web site will showcase Ribble Valley and help to drive the local economy, says Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Ken Hind.
Published Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A vibrant borough bursting with amazing spaces, people and places – that’s the message behind a new Ribble Valley web site.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has put economic development at the top of its agenda, with the establishment of a dedicated economic development committee, appointment of an economic development and planning director charged with leading a team focused on growing the local economy and now the launch of a new web site, theribblevalley.org.uk.

The new web site will help the council build on its track record in rural regeneration, which has already established Ribble Valley as a premier food and drink destination.

It has the jaunty strapline Amazing Spaces, People and Places, and three main sections – Live, Work, Play – showcasing the borough’s many attributes and attractions to new, expanding and relocating businesses, and families.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Ken Hind said: “The council has lost 40 per cent of its spending power since 2010 and we aim to plug this gap by driving the local economy, maximising enterprise and creating jobs.

“Ribble Valley is a visitor hotspot and premier food destination attracting an income of £104million a year, but up to 5,800 new homes could be built in the borough by 2028 and we need to provide jobs for these new residents to avoid becoming a dormitory community.

“Our economic development strategy is designed to draw investment into the A59 corridor that runs through Ribble Valley and we will be vigorously searching for businesses to relocate to the borough for a better working environment.

“The new web site is an important part of that strategy, by showcasing what the borough can offer incoming families and new businesses.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s economic development committee has already agreed to lobby for improved rail services between Clitheroe and Manchester, the reopening of the Clitheroe to Hellifield line and further improvements to broadband in the borough.

The council’s new economic development and planning director, Nicola Hopkins, is scheduled to take up her post in August.

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