Ribble Valley tops quality of life survey

View from the war memorial at Clitheroe Castle towards Pendle Hill
View from the war memorial at Clitheroe Castle towards Pendle Hill

Residents in the Ribble Valley enjoy the best rural quality of life of any rural area in the North West, according to a new national survey.

The Halifax bank’s “Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey” for 2015 took a wide range of factors into account, including crime rates, employment, school results, broadband access, health and wellbeing, life expectancy and the weather.

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

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst

The encouraging survey follows The Times newspaper’s recent report placing Clitheroe as the eighth best market town in which to live, while Whalley was named one of the “Top 10 Places to Live” in the UK by the Sunday Times..

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 excelthy reserves and one of the llent record of success, enjoying a level of customer satisfaction that is the envy of neighbouring authorities, as well as healowest 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 September 7 will host Stage 2 of the Aviva Tour of Britain, the UK’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event.