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South Ribble is a non-metropolitan district and borough of Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker. Its council is based in Leylandmarker.In May 2007, the council was officially declared "Excellent" by the Audit Commission, gaining its place among the best 5 district councils in the country,

On 4 October 2007, a team from South Ribble won the LGC Challenge, beating 40+ other authorities, including larger metropolitan and unitary councils.

South Ribble Borough Council is working in partnership with Chorley Borough Council (a neighbouring authority) on Finance, Procurement, Audit and other centralised functions.

Other notable population areas within South Ribble are Penworthammarker, Longtonmarker, Huttonmarker (headquarters of the Lancashire Police), Bamber Bridgemarker, Lostock Hallmarker and Moss Sidemarker.

The district was formed on April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from Leylandmarker and Walton-le-Dalemarker urban districts, along with part of Preston Rural Districtmarker.

In 2006, the Labour and Liberal Democrat Councillors then in control at South Ribble Borough Council proposed to merge South Ribble with Prestonmarker City Council to form a unitary authority, independent from Lancashire County Council, under the recent Local Government White Paper. There was widespread public opposition to the merger, which was also strongly opposed by the opposition Conservative Councillors. So on 7 December 2006 the Labour and Liberal Democrat Councillors were forced into an embarrassing u-turn and did not proceed with the merger. Instead, the Council decided to pursue an improved relationship with Lancashire County Council.

In the 2007 local elections, South Ribble witnessed a landslide Conservative victory, gaining 24 seats to hold 44 of 55 on the borough council.

The Parliamentary Constituency of South Ribblemarker includes the West Lancashire communities of Tarletonmarker, Hesketh Bankmarker and Meolsmarker.


The former urban district areas of Leylandmarker and Walton-le-Dalemarker are unparished areas. The rest of the district is divided into the following civil parishes:


  1. Councils Get Merger Deadlines Lancashire Evening Post. October 26, 2006.

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