Community celebrate the end of Ribble gateway project

Outdoor fun: Pupils in the classroom
Outdoor fun: Pupils in the classroom
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A community celebrated the end of a series of environmental regeneration projects in Preston and South Ribble at a new outdoor classroom and meeting area.

Pupils from Middleforth CE Primary School, in Penwortham,and St Stephen’s Primary CE School, Broadgate, Preston, attended the event that took place in the area created near to Holme Road in Bamber Bridge.

Councillor Phil Smith of South Ribble Borough Council said: “This is an attractive addition to a well used route. We’re really delighted.”

The work was funded by South Ribble Borough Council and United Utilities through its United Futures programme as part of an overall Ribble Gateway package of projects which has involved improving routeways, planting trees, colourful bulbs and opening up view points to and across the River Ribble.

Displays were also on hand to remind visitors of work on other sites around Preston’s Guild Wheel; the 21 mile ‘Greenway’ that encircles the city of Preston.

Andrew Benson from United Utilities added: “Our involvement in the Ribble Gateway projects is our way of thanking the local community for their patience during our massive project to overhaul the sewer network in Preston.”

All of the practical work on the projects was carried out by the environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork, who involved local schools and community members.