Cash boost for Clitheroe town centre

Clitheroe town centre
Clitheroe town centre

A cash boost of almost £100,000 is set to breathe new life into Clitheroe town centre.

Lancashire County Council is in talks with Ribble Valley Borough Council over how to improve the area’s appearance.

A cash injection of £40,000 has been secured by county officials and Ribble Valley Borough Council is adding at least £50,000 more to the pot. The money could be spent to improve pavements, signs and decorations.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s chief executive Marshall Scott announced the funding at a meeting of the Clitheroe Town Economic Action Group, chaired by the Rev. Andy Froud.

Council leader Coun. Stuart Hirst said: “I am delighted that we have been able to set aside up to £50,000 for improvements to Clitheroe town centre as part of a multi-agency scheme involving Lancashire County Council and other external partners.

“The proposed scheme will include improvements to shop frontages, roads and the public realm. As well as supporting the attractiveness of Clitheroe as a visitor destination, we hope it will enhance the commercial viability of the town centre and provide growth opportunities for local businesses.”

Town Mayor Kevin Horkin, said: “I very much welcome this funding and it will make an impact on the town centre.

“I hope this is the start of things to come because the people of the Ribble Valley and Clitheroe need to have their fair share. The money does not come close to the amount that has been cut from the borough in recent years, but it’s a start.”

Andy Ashcroft, county highways manager for Ribble Valley, said: “We’ve identified funding for improvements in Clitheroe as part of a wider regeneration project. We’re keen to make Clitheroe more attractive for visitors and local people and will continue to work closely with the borough council on the design and detail of the scheme.”