Ribble Valley Borough Council
Working with Ark Consultancy and Oneday as part of a multidisciplinary team we explored the medium-term impact of Covid-19 on the borough’s three main towns of Clitheroe, Whalley and Longridge in Lancashire.
To identify interventions in each town that would enable businesses to be more resilient and grow as Covid-19 reopening continued and shopping habits change.
The objectives of the project were to:
- develop longer term strategic action plans for the three towns
- engage stakeholders to understand emerging issues
- explore options for pilot projects to support the visitor economy
- identify options to make the retail areas more visually attractive
A robust, action-orientated report was delivered which identified how positive change could be brought to each town. This also included:
- Town tours for all three towns with honest assessments submitted identifying where change was needed (and what was working well)
- Engagement across a three tier council structure (town, borough and county) and associated business and tourism groups
- Interviews with shoppers, on-street and conversations with business owners in the three towns
- A research review for regeneration related documents framing the towns development to date and future plans to provide context to our recommendations
- A report with borough-wide recommendations and actions plans for each town