High Street Awards could give Valley £10k

Prince Charles visited Clitheroe high street last year
Prince Charles visited Clitheroe high street last year
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Local politicians are urging communities to back their high street and celebrate businesses in the Ribble Valley.

They are encouraging people from across the Ribble Valley to nominate their best local high streets in the Great British High Street Awards 2018.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans said: “The high street is at the centre of many of our communities and this competition will celebrate the creativity of the many businesses which are so vital to preserving our high streets. In the Ribble Valley we are extremely lucky to have prestigious and historic high streets that are among the best in the UK. I am encouraging everyone to get involved in this important competition.”

Mr Evans’ plea was echoed by David Waters, vice-chair of the Ribble Valley Labour Party. He said: “Our town centres face many challenges as consumer behaviour changes and we would like to see high streets in the borough rise to those challenges and be innovative in response to the changing retail environment. Blackburn was a previous winner – why not Clitheroe or Longridge or Whalley this year?”

Community teams, councils and trading associations can register their local high streets by visiting thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk. Members of the local community can also register their high street by getting in touch with their MP or local council. The 26 shortlisted entries will be announced in October and the winner in November, receiving a £10,000 cash prize for a local community project.