|Borough of Ribble Valley|
Ribble Valley shown within Lancashire and England
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|• Type||Ribble Valley Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Alternative - Sec.31|
|• MPs:||Nigel Evans|
|• Total||225.2 sq mi (583.2 km2)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 313th|
|• Density||250/sq mi (98/km2)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||30UL (ONS)
2.5% S. Asian
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 near Preston. The 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, including a Michelin listed restaurant and 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.
The 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 of arms.
Elections to the borough council are held every four years, with all of the 40 seats on the council being filled at each election. After being under no overall control for a number of years, the Conservative party gained a majority at the 2003 election, when boundary changes saw the number of councillors increase by one.
- Barrow Primary School, Barrow
- Bolton-by-Bowland C of E Primary School, Bolton-by-Bowland
- Brabin's Endowed Primary School, Chipping
- Chatburn C of E Primary School, Chatburn
- Longridge C of E primary School, Longridge
- Salesbury CE Primary School, Salesbury
- St Michael & St John's RC Primary School, Clitheroe
- St James' C of E Primary School, Clitheroe
- St Joseph's RC Primary School, Hurst Green
- St Mary's RC Primary School, Chipping
- St Mary's RC Primary School, Langho
- St Mary's CE Primary School, Mellor
- Brookside Primary School
- Waddington & West Bradford C of E Primary School, Clitheroe
- Pendle Primary School, Clitheroe
- Edisford Primary School, Clitheroe
- Sabden Primary School, Sabden
- Gisburn Primary School, Gisburn
- Ribchester St Wilfrids C of E primary school, Ribchester
- Whalley C of E primary school, Whalley
- St Wilfrid's RC Primary School, Longridge
- Berry Lane C of E Primary School, Longridge
- Barnacre Road Primary School, Longridge
- Ribblesdale High School Technology College
- St Augustines RC High School
- St Cecilia's RC Technology College, Longridge
- Bowland High
- Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
- Longridge High School, Longridge
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%.
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.
A new group, known as Ribble FM, was formed in 2011 with the aim of applying for a community radio licence in the third round of licensing by Ofcom. Ribble FM was set up by The Bee founder Roy Martin and includes local directors and trustees.
||City of Lancaster||Craven||Craven|
City of Preston
with Darwen Hyndburn
Although Ribble Valley is the largest area of Lancashire, it also has the smallest population. The economy of Ribble Valley is mainly rural in nature, with a high proportion of jobs being in the private sector, due to BAE there is a bigger sway towards manufacturing jobs and less of a service economy when compared to the rest of Lancashire presumably due to the size of the authority and the dispersed nature of settlements. The authority also has the highest proportion of people in Lancashire that work from home. 
- Neighbourhood Statistics: Ribble Valley
- Area Summary - Ribble Valley
- Michelin honour for Red Pump Inn
- Relocation Revisit: Lancashire
- http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radio/ ofcom.org.uk
- http://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/clitheroe-letters?articleid=2863507 clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk
- http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=32699&SESSION=885 edmi.parliament.uk
- Radio station closes due to funding problems
- "District Profile - Ribble Valley". Lancashire County Council.