Save The Ribble

A blog dedicated to preserving the beauty and delicate ecosystem of the River Ribble, and opposing the Riverworks 'vision' to build a barrage on our River and develop on our riverbanks, floodplains and green spaces, causing damage to wildlife and the environment and increasing the risk of flooding to our homes. Save the Ribble Campaign is not responsible for the content of external blogs or websites which link here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wildlife Walk on Ribbleside with the Preston Society

Hard day at work? Not enough quality time in the evening? Then come for an evening amble on Ribbleside with the Preston Birdwatching & Natural History Society on Monday 21st July at 7pm.

They are leaving the Tram Bridge over the River Ribble where Avenham Park meets the new South Ribble Country Park at 7pm, and walking south across the country park through the trees towards Vernon's Lodge area.
But don't worry if you're a few minutes late as they walk very slowly!

There will be wildlife to see, birdsong and flowing Ribble waters to hear, and fresh air to breathe - and a number of wildlife experts to point out wildlife of interest along the way! What better way to unwind after a long day!

They expect to be back by the River Ribble by 9.15pm - but you can leave as early as you wish and make your own way back.

And in another few weeks will be able to end your evening rambles by the Ribble at the New Continental pub, can't wait!

Find out more about the Preston Birdwatching & Natural History Society here.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Penwortham Ribblesiders - Have YOUR Say in the Penwortham Town Plan

All residents of Penwortham in South Ribble are being invited by Penwortham Town Council to have their say in the development of the Penwortham Town Plan as part of the Local Development Framework.

Copies of the questionnaire are currently in libraries and Doctor's surgeries throughout Penwortham and Council officers will be out and about with the questionnaires across the town - plus you can also complete it online by downloading the questionnaire here, saving it to your Word documents on your PC, completing and saving the form, then email the completed form back to Penwortham Town Council here: by the 21st July.


Have YOUR say on what YOU want to see happen in Penwortham over the coming years, including the types and location of housing and other developments you would like to see, and answering questions on other issues such as traffic congestion, quality of life issues and resources for all Penwortham residents including young people, the protection of local centres and rural communities, the protection of historic buildings and trees, plus you can add extra comments such as...

...whether you are interested in ensuring the preservation of your allotments...

... and the fabulous and internationally important intertidal River Ribble...

...and Penwortham's parks and open spaces...

...including the latest addition - the new Ribbleside Country Park!

The Penwortham Town Plan covers issues affecting YOUR neighbourhood - so don't delay, complete it and email it today!

Alternatively, you can print it off and complete it by hand and post it back to Penwortham Town Council, Kingsfold Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, Penwortham, Preston PR1 9EQ.

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Ribbleside Flooding Issues

We note with interest the latest article on the new Broadgate is Great blog about the Environment Agency's forthcoming repairs to the Broadgate Flood Defence walls alongside the River Ribble in Preston.

The River Ribble in Broadgate and the flood defence walls - photo courtesy of Broadgate is Great

Click on this Broadgate is Great link to read more about local residents' concerns and the Environment Agency's proposals.

We of course welcome repairs to these defences as local residents have raised their concerns about the state of the Broadgate flood defences for some time now, and we also look forward to seeing what the long-term proposals are for these walls as we understand they will eventually be replaced.

It is the case that there are a number of issues currently floating around (pun intended) in respect of flooding - and we are currently working on a new article which draws together a number of the issues raised by the Environment Agency's Ribble Catchment Flood Management Plan, the Ribble Strategic Flood Risk Assessment, the long-term proposals for mitigating against flooding along the River Ribble which focus on sustainable means of protection against flooding in terms of economic, community, and environmental implications, and the recent Pitt Report into the need to take flood mitigation measures seriously... so watch this space!

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