Seize on success urges Coun. Brown

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A CLITHEROE councillor is calling for vigorous promotion of Clitheroe to create jobs following the town being identified by The Sunday Times as one of the top 100 places to live.

Coun. Ian Brown, who represents Clitheroe’s Salthill Ward on Ribble Valley Borough Council, is urging the businesses and people of Clitheroe to promote the town for tourism and job creation.

As reported in last week’s Clitheroe Advertiser, The Sunday Times named Clitheroe as one of the top 100 places to live nationally, and one of the top 10 in the North West.

The borough of Ribble Valley was one of the few local authorities to have two towns in the listed top 100, with both Clitheroe and Longridge named. Clitheroe was listed as 56th most desirable place to live.

The Sunday Times said of the town: “The Shop Clitheroe loyalty card is thriving in this Ribble Valley market town of fewer than 15,000 souls, not least because its independent shops are more than a match for their big-city rivals in Manchester and Leeds, both of which can be reached in about an hour. A visit to D. Byrne and Co. Wine Merchants involves exploring a warren of cellars under the Victorian shop, and you’ll be spoilt for choice at Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop, on Castle Street, which stocks more than 70 varieties.

“Clitheroe’s state and independent secondary schools attract children from a distance away, and with the town having one of the lowest crime rates in England, it is little surprise that developers are queueing up to submit planning applications.”

Coun. Brown commented: “Clitheroe residents described their community to The Sunday Times as a real regional market town. We need now to take advantage of this vote of confidence to promote Clitheroe to attract more tourists to the castle and shoppers to our high street.

“It is specialist shops that will bring visitors where they will also enjoy a wide selection of shoping opportunities. As an environment to build a business there are good road links, low rates of crime and high quality schools all rated as good or excellent by government inspectors. People looking to relocate or start a business must be made aware Clitheroe has an open door.”

He added: “On the council we have formed an economic development working group with a view to planning developing and attracting business to the Ribble Valley. It is now up to this group in partnership with local business, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Tourist Board to act on this endorsement of Clitheroe from a national newspaper to create more jobs for the people of the town.”