Riverworks - A Threat to the River Ribble
People from all over Preston and South Ribble are beginning to realise the danger posed to our homes and to the environment by proposals put together by Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council, North West Development Agency and British Waterways.
These are the Riverworks proposals, and include ideas to:
1: build a barrage on the Ribble to create a water sports facility on the Ribble through Preston and South Ribble;
2: build a huge urban development on the Ribble's Green Belt and floodplain - including our meadows and woodlands, football pitches and allotments in Penwortham, South Ribble, and other urban developments on Frenchwood Rec and Fishwick Bottoms in Preston.
This is a map of part of the flood plain of the River Ribble, taken from the Environment Agency's website - Guess where Riverworks want to build over 4000 new houses...
(You can check the flood risk for your own area by going to the Environment Agency's site, and typing in your postcode. When you get there you will learn that "Building in the floodplain can hugely increase the chance of flooding".
On this blog we will be regularly publishing the facts and figures that show how disastrous the Riverworks project could be, to our homes, to our local wildlife, and to the peace and beauty of the local area. Make sure you check back here regularly for updates.
Read more about the building development proposals and the Ribble barrage proposal here.
If you want to join our campaign, ask a question or find out more, please write to 'Save The Ribble Campaign' PO Box 1104, Penwortham, Preston, PR2 0DB. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org