Have your say on Ribble Valley economy

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RESIDENTS and businesses in Ribble Valley are being given their say on the future economic development of the area.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is to review its economic strategy, which sets out a series of economic aims and objectives for the area. It outlines activities that will help the borough realise its economic potential and future prosperity, and sets out five key themes covering a range of issues, such as employment, business support, skills, transport and infrastructure.

The counil’s leader, Coun. Michael Ranson, said: “The council formally adopted its economic strategy in 2009, which contains a number of references to various structures and programmes that have since changed.

“While the key themes in the strategy remain the same, it is important a full review of the document and its various strands of activity takes place. We therefore welcome the views of the community on the strategy to establish a strong direction towards sustaining a strong and prosperous Ribble Valley.”

Ribble Valley is noted for its low unemployment and beautiful countryside, but research in many rural areas has revealed pockets of hidden deprivation, such as under-employment, an exodus of talented young people, poor public transport and a low wage economy.

Copies of the review document are available at the Ribble Valley Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, and online at: {http:// www.ribblevalley.gov.uk|www.ribblevalley.gov.uk}

The deadline for responses is Friday, June 8th, and details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s regeneration team on 01200 414531.