£40k bid to pay for Clitheroe facelift

This Is Lancashire: £40k bid to pay for Clitheroe facelift £40k bid to pay for Clitheroe facelift

CLITHEROE town centre will be given a facelift if a funding package can be agreed.

Lancashire County Council is in talks with Ribble Valley Borough Council over the possibility of spending around £40,000 to improve the area’s appearance.

The budget, which is still up for discussion, could be spent in pavements, signs and decorations.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s chief executive Marshall Scott announced the talks at a meeting of the Clitheroe town economic action group, chaired by the Rev Andy Froud.

A final decision on the amount of money and what it will be spent on is expected ‘within the coming weeks’.

Clitheroe town councillor Kevin Horkin, who has been campaigning on this issue, 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.”

Terry Longden, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of engineering services, said: “We are holding discussions with Lancashire County Council in its capacity as the highways authority about the condition and suitability of the public realm, which includes roads and pavements, in Clitheroe town centre.

“These are formal talks with a view to carrying out improvements, but exactly what and when has not been decided yet.”

Andy Ashcroft, highways manager for Ribble Valley, said: “We’ve identified funding for improvements to public realm 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.”

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4:45pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ghost of sceptic says...

One of the best ways to spend this money and try to improve Clitheroe town centre is keep those loons at church walk well away from this scheme.
One of the best ways to spend this money and try to improve Clitheroe town centre is keep those loons at church walk well away from this scheme. ghost of sceptic

8:21pm Mon 17 Feb 14

not too old to care says...

Too little, too late I fear.
Too little, too late I fear. not too old to care

11:38pm Mon 17 Feb 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

Going to make the pavements nicer (ie, safe to walk on) which is part of any business rent, and better signs? That's standard up keeping for any council and will already be in the councils budget. So now it's £40,000 just for decorations? Try encouraging businesses to take up the vast array of empty shops that's growing more by the month by offering some incentive to give Clitheroe a try. We don't want coffee shops or charity shops! Even 1 of the latter is now vacating the town, and they pay far less rent than all the businesses. Coun Horkins will no doubt get new signs pointing towards his Clitheroe shop! Vested interest springs to mind.
Going to make the pavements nicer (ie, safe to walk on) which is part of any business rent, and better signs? That's standard up keeping for any council and will already be in the councils budget. So now it's £40,000 just for decorations? Try encouraging businesses to take up the vast array of empty shops that's growing more by the month by offering some incentive to give Clitheroe a try. We don't want coffee shops or charity shops! Even 1 of the latter is now vacating the town, and they pay far less rent than all the businesses. Coun Horkins will no doubt get new signs pointing towards his Clitheroe shop! Vested interest springs to mind. clitheroe blue boy

5:23pm Wed 19 Feb 14

s4awx123 says...

Why bother, Clitheroe sinking fast.
Why bother, Clitheroe sinking fast. s4awx123

5:56pm Thu 20 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Clitheroe is in a very sorry state these days due to bad planning decisions and local and national government.
Clitheroe is in a very sorry state these days due to bad planning decisions and local and national government. shytalk

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