MP calls for step up on service levels

Nigel Evans MP  calls for equal service for Ribble Valley constituents.
Nigel Evans MP calls for equal service for Ribble Valley constituents.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has called on Lancashire Constabulary to provide a greater level of police on the beat in rural areas across his constituency.

He made the call after recent reports of significant numbers of gangs of youths roaming the streets in Longridge. However, each time the police have arrived on the scene, the groups they had fled.

Mr Evans said: “This is a perfect example of the issue that residents of the Ribble Valley have to face where money is paid greatly above the average towards their council tax and other forms of taxation, but they quite often receive sub-par levels of service.

“We in the Ribble Valley contribute a great deal financially but when the time comes – whether it is police, buses, libraries or children’s centres – we are simply not afforded the same level of service that is given to people in other areas.

“It is simply unjust!”

Mr Evans has recently spoken to Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan, to raise this real concern and to make sure that rural towns, such as Longridge and Clitheroe, have the appropriate level of security before it is too late.

He continued: “We really do not want to be in a situation where a police presence is desperately needed immediately, only to find that this is not possible for the service to be provided. Someone could be hurt as a consequence.”

The call comes on the heels of Nigel Evans’ campaign for public spending within the Ribble Valley to be fairer and more in line with the high contributions of its residents.