South Ribble
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lancashire
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lancashire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Founded1 April 1974
Admin. HQLeyland
 • TypeSouth Ribble Borough Council
 • MPs:Katherine Fletcher, Nigel Evans
 • Total44 sq mi (113 km2)
 • Rank183rd
 • Total112,166
 • RankRanked 214th
 • Density2,600/sq mi (990/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code30UN (ONS)
E07000126 (GSS)
South Ribble Borough Council
Chris Lomax,
since 24 May 2023[2]
Paul Foster,
since 15 May 2019[3]
Chris Sinnott
since January 2023[4]
Seats50 councillors
Political groups
Administration (29)
  Labour (29)
Other parties (21)
  Conservative (15)
  Liberal Democrats (5)
  Independent (1)
Plurality block voting
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, PR25 1DH

South Ribble is a local government district with borough status in Lancashire, England. Its council is based in Leyland. The borough also includes the towns and villages of Penwortham, Leyland, Farington, Hutton, Longton, Walmer Bridge, Salmesbury, Lostock Hall, Walton le Dale and Bamber Bridge. Many of the built-up areas in the borough form part of the wider Preston built-up area.

The neighbouring districts are Preston, Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen, Chorley, West Lancashire and Fylde.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, covering the whole area of two former districts and parts of a third, which were abolished at the same time:[5]

The new district was named South Ribble, reflecting the fact that the River Ribble forms its northern boundary.[6] The new district was awarded borough status from its creation, allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor.[7]


South Ribble Borough Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Lancashire County Council. Parts of the borough are covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.[8][9]

Political control

The council has been under Labour majority control since the 2023 election.

The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. Since 1974 political control of the council has been as follows:[10][11]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1974–1995
Labour 1995–1999
No overall control 1999–2007
Conservative 2007–2019
No overall control 2019–2023
Labour 2023–present


The role of mayor is largely ceremonial in South Ribble. Political leadership is instead provided by the leader of the council. The leaders since 2007 have been:[12]

Councillor Party From To
Margaret Smith[13] Conservative 2007 20 Jul 2016
Peter Mullineaux Conservative 15 Sep 2016 17 May 2018
Mary Green Conservative 17 May 2018 15 Oct 2018
Paul Foster[14] Labour 15 Oct 2018 1 Nov 2018
Margaret Smith[15] Conservative 1 Nov 2018 15 May 2019
Paul Foster Labour 15 May 2019


Following the 2023 election the composition of the council was:[16]

Party Councillors
Labour 29
Conservative 16
Liberal Democrats 5
Total 50

The next election is due in 2027.


See also: South Ribble Borough Council elections

Since the last boundary changes in 2015 the council has comprised 50 councillors representing 23 wards, with each ward electing two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.[17]

The borough straddles the parliamentary constituencies of Ribble Valley and South Ribble.[9]


The council is based at the Civic Centre on West Paddock in Leyland. The building was built in the early 1970s for the former Leyland Urban District Council.[18]


There are eight civil parishes in the borough. The parish council for Penwortham has declared its parish to be a town, allowing it to take the style "town council". The parishes of Samlesbury and Cuerdale share a grouped parish council.[19] The former urban districts of Leyland and Walton-le-Dale are unparished areas.[9]

The parishes are:

  1. Cuerdale
  2. Farington
  3. Hutton
  4. Little Hoole
  5. Longton
  6. Much Hoole
  7. Penwortham (town)
  8. Samlesbury

South Ribble parishes

Twin Town

South Ribble is twinned with:[20]

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of South Ribble.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (March 2021)


Military Units


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2021). "2021 Census Area Profile – South Ribble Local Authority (E07000124)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Council minutes, 24 May 2023". South Ribble Borough Council. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  3. ^ "Councillors". South Ribble Borough Council. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  4. ^ Aldred, Tim (22 April 2022). "Chorley Council and South Ribble Borough Council appoint shared chief executive". Lancashire Business View. Retrieved 5 October 2023.
  5. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972",, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 22 August 2022
  6. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973",, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 22 August 2022
  7. ^ "District Councils and Boroughs". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 28 March 1974. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Local Government Act 1972",, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 31 May 2023
  9. ^ a b c "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  10. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  11. ^ "South Ribble". BBC News Online. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  12. ^ "Council minutes". South Ribble Borough Council. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  13. ^ Faulkner, Paul (4 June 2021). "'I got into local politics because I'm nosey', confesses outgoing South Ribble Tory leader who ran the borough for a decade". Lancashire Post. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  14. ^ "Labour takes over scandal-hit South Ribble council". BBC News. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  15. ^ "South Ribble clocks up another leader - and it's a familiar face". Lancashire Post. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  16. ^ "Local elections 2023: live council results for England". The Guardian.
  17. ^ "The South Ribble (Electoral Changes) Order 2014",, The National Archives, SI 2014/3288, retrieved 19 October 2023
  18. ^ "Contact us". South Ribble Borough Council. Retrieved 25 August 2022. Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 1DH
  19. ^ "Parish council contacts". South Ribble Borough Council. Retrieved 19 October 2023.
  20. ^ South Ribble Borough Council, Town Twinning retrieved 21 January 2019
  21. ^ "Tributes pour in for former South Ribble Mayor and council leader Tony Kelly".
  22. ^ "King's Royal Hussars mark 25 years as honorary freemen with Leyland parade | South Ribble Borough Council". Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2021.

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