Where have our champs gone?
The political champions who are prepared to take on golddiggers of development. These champions should be the elected leaders of our community, our local Member of Parliament and the Mayor of the Ribble Valley.
These two people are the elected leaders of our community. The elected guardians of the Ribble Valley whose collective wisdom can have dramatic effects on the future of the Valley. Their allegiance is first to the people of the Ribble Valley, not to any political party. And above all, do they care about the electorate they represent?
They have never expressed their views about the haphazard building developments and all the problems it causes in the Ribble Valley. We, therefore, can presume one thing; that due to their silence in this subject, it must be that they fully support the massive building developments?
This development plan we naturally presume they fully support, would be better suited for the Calder Valley or Blackpool areas of Lancashire. Since the Calder Valley does contain a motorway which is connected to all the motorways in Lancashire, along with a very good local road network. The Calder Valley has also a railway line which connects most of the towns of North West Lancashire with the towns of Yorkshire.
Unlike the Ribble Valley on the other hand, which has a narrow road and bridge network that was designed for horse and carts and pack horses. In the case of Blackpool, this too has its own motorway and railway. It also has its own transit system and a recently closed airport which could be reopened.
These two regions can be rejuvenated using our present knowledge in science and technology, together with a little imagination into garden cities fit for the 20th Century. These two garden cities could provide accommodation and work for a population many times greater than their current levels of population.
Taking this scenario into consideration, the regions of the Ribble Valley should be preserved and allowed to become a National Park which would become the jewel of Lancashire.
Our two honourable and most noble knights, the political champions of Ribble Valley, have retreated from the field of battle. Their battle standards captured by the enemy. As they no longer carry the favours of the electorate, the only one honourable thing left for them to do is to resign.
That would be the greatest gift they could give to the people of the Ribble Valley.
James Barry Turner
Moorland Crescent, Clitheroe