Ribble Valley is a local government district with
borough status within the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire, England. Its council is based in Clitheroe. Other places include Whalley, Longridge and Ribchester. The area is so called due to the River Ribble which flows in its final stages towards its estuary
area is popular with tourists who enjoy the area's natural unspoilt
beauty, much of which lies within the Forest of Bowland
The Ribble Valley is statistically the wealthiest enclave in
Lancashire and businesses in the area reflect this, some of which
include a Michelin listed restaurantand a Bentley car dealership.
The area is a popular place with those who wish to relocate from
London to somewhere more rural and community orientated.
district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a
merger of the municipal borough of
Clitheroe, Longridge urban district,
Clitheroe Rural District,
part of Blackburn
Rural District, part of Burnley Rural District, and part of Preston Rural District, as well as the Bowland Rural District from the West
Riding of Yorkshire, hence the addition of the Red Rose of Lancaster and White Rose of York on the council's coat
Ribble Valley Radio
was a community radio station
based in Clitheroe, part of the new, third sector of local radio
licensed by OFCOM 
. The project was launched in September 2004.
The radio station helped 6 local residents into paid work within
the radio sector in just 3 years and trained over 100 volunteers to
present and produce their own radio shows. The project was not
supported by the Borough Council, which caused controversy in the
area and local newspaper the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times'
held a poll
which returned the result that 94% agreed that the Ribble Valley
Borough Council were wrong not to fund the project and assist its
long term success. Many letters
appeared in support of the project and
damning the "short sighted" decision of the council. The whole
episode brought excellent publicity and boosted the radio station's
listening figures by 400%.
MP Nigel Evans
was a staunch supporter
and tabled an Early Day Motion at Parliament EDM 979 
calling for "better resources and
funding" for Ribble Valley Radio and the new and emerging
However Ribble Valley Radio closed down on 14 October 2007. The
radio station closed as it was unable to gain sufficient funding to
apply for a licence.
- Radio station closes due to funding