New Clitheroe town team to help solve problems

A NEW town team aiming to address problems with Clitheroe town centre has been launched with council backing.

The new group, which will be independently chaired by St Mary Magdalene reverend Andy Froud, met for the first time on Wednesday.

It has the backing of Ribble Valley Borough Council, Clitheroe Town Council and Clitheroe Chamber of Commerce and will hold its next meeting in February.

At the meeting, members discussed issues including pavements, local pubs, business rates and housing.

Revd Froud said: “This new team has been set up to discuss the future of Clitheroe and to promote joined up thinking between the various bodies in the town. The focus will be on the centre but we will also be looking at the town as a whole because you can’t look at one without looking at the other.

“We all agreed that Clitheroe is a great place to do business and that it should be promoted as a place with great investment potential.

“The exact priorities of the group will be debated at the next meeting.

“We want the public to come forward with their suggestions on what could be improved about the town centre.”

Ribble Valley Borough councillor, Ged Mirfin, who is chairman of C-TAG, a town economic team set up last year, said: “I will be a member of this group and will not be closing down C-TAG.

“It will conduct research on issues in the town centre and will report to the new team.

“I believe that this new team actually enhances C-TAG instead of making it redundant.

“It was a positive meeting and it was good to get all the different bodies together to try and make a difference.

“I’m optimistic for the future of Clitheroe.”

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9:20pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Heknows says...

Well, at least there may be some grown-ups to look after Muffin and The Ego.
Well, at least there may be some grown-ups to look after Muffin and The Ego. Heknows
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4:30pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Ribbleman says...

The number of unelected self appointed bodies and teams that in recent years have been set up to decide Clitheroe's future is remarkable. I'm sure a new one is announced every few months. Whatever happened to 'Clitheroe the Future'?
The problem with the town centre is easily defined. Businesses largely cater for tourists, there are not enough 'everyday' shops useful for locals. In winter, no tourists means no business.
The number of unelected self appointed bodies and teams that in recent years have been set up to decide Clitheroe's future is remarkable. I'm sure a new one is announced every few months. Whatever happened to 'Clitheroe the Future'? The problem with the town centre is easily defined. Businesses largely cater for tourists, there are not enough 'everyday' shops useful for locals. In winter, no tourists means no business. Ribbleman
  • Score: 4

5:00pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Don`t belive the hype says...

Most of the couple of dozen tourists a year only stop in Clitheroe to use the Toilets on the way to Skipton, looking around Clitheroe on a Sunday theres nothing open so they keep going !
Most of the couple of dozen tourists a year only stop in Clitheroe to use the Toilets on the way to Skipton, looking around Clitheroe on a Sunday theres nothing open so they keep going ! Don`t belive the hype
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5:14pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I think Clitheroe's biggest problem is it has no identity is it a market town or is it just for tourists, personally I feel a market town should have a much bigger and better market than what we have now, some one mentioned a few weeks ago how popular the car boot is on a Sunday and if only a fraction of that trade came into town we would be booming. Accrington used to have a huge market and the town was always buzzing now it's on it's knees because the market was destroyed, I feel all the clues are here think about it :)
I think Clitheroe's biggest problem is it has no identity is it a market town or is it just for tourists, personally I feel a market town should have a much bigger and better market than what we have now, some one mentioned a few weeks ago how popular the car boot is on a Sunday and if only a fraction of that trade came into town we would be booming. Accrington used to have a huge market and the town was always buzzing now it's on it's knees because the market was destroyed, I feel all the clues are here think about it :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Tue 21 Jan 14

shytalk says...

Clitheroe's problems are the town council, Ribble valley council, and Lancashire county council.
The town council can't get their heads around the fact we are in a serious recession, not a recovery and the shopkeepers can't afford the rates and rents or that internet shopping has arrived.
Ribble valley council and Lancashire county council seem to think that it's great to have every supermarket chain that exists opening up, and emptying the town center of shoppers,
Over development means there is not enough places for parking in the town, and many people who don't shop online prefer to go to Skipton.
Not long now and Wonga,KFC,Macdonalds
, Bet Fred, Paddy power, Ladbrooks, asian taxi offices, The pawn brokers, more charity shops, more non italian pizza houses, kebab shops, burger bars, and anti social behavior. will be all that is left of Clitheroe town center.
They can have all the committees and groups they like but they can't stop what some call progress.
Clitheroe's problems are the town council, Ribble valley council, and Lancashire county council. The town council can't get their heads around the fact we are in a serious recession, not a recovery and the shopkeepers can't afford the rates and rents or that internet shopping has arrived. Ribble valley council and Lancashire county council seem to think that it's great to have every supermarket chain that exists opening up, and emptying the town center of shoppers, Over development means there is not enough places for parking in the town, and many people who don't shop online prefer to go to Skipton. Not long now and Wonga,KFC,Macdonalds , Bet Fred, Paddy power, Ladbrooks, asian taxi offices, The pawn brokers, more charity shops, more non italian pizza houses, kebab shops, burger bars, and anti social behavior. will be all that is left of Clitheroe town center. They can have all the committees and groups they like but they can't stop what some call progress. shytalk
  • Score: 1

6:45am Wed 22 Jan 14

dan8080 says...

I think clitheroes problem is that its full of **** who think they are middle class but really they are underclass
I think clitheroes problem is that its full of **** who think they are middle class but really they are underclass dan8080
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