Coordinates: 53°41′49″N 2°41′24″W / 53.697°N 2.690°W
South Ribble is a non-metropolitan district and borough of Lancashire, England. Its council is based in Leyland. In May 2007, the council was officially declared "Excellent" by the Audit Commission, gaining its place among the best five district councils in the country. It is the only non-metropolitan district not to be a member of the District Councils' Network.
On 4 October 2007, a team from South Ribble won the LGC Challenge, defeating over 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 Penwortham, Longton, Hutton (headquarters of the Lancashire Police), Walton-le-Dale, Bamber Bridge, Lostock Hall, a significant part of Buckshaw Village and Moss Side.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, from Leyland and Walton-le-Dale urban districts, along with part of Preston Rural District.
The Parliamentary Constituency of South Ribble includes the West Lancashire communities of Tarleton, Hesketh Bank and Meols.
In the 2007 local elections, South Ribble witnessed a landslide Conservative victory, gaining 24 seats to hold 44 of 55 on the borough council.
As of April 2011, the council stood as a Conservative majority run borough., and the Conservatives, despite losing a handful of seats, were relatively comfortably re-elected in May of that year.
The former urban district areas of Leyland, Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale are unparished areas. The rest of the district is divided into the following civil parishes:
- Little Hoole
- Much Hoole
- Penwortham (town)
Towns and villages in the Borough of South Ribble
The mayor of south ribble for 2012/13 is councillor Colin Clark