Coordinates: 53°41′49″N 2°41′24″W / 53.697°N 2.690°W / 53.697; -2.690

Borough of South Ribble
Leyland Cross and Victorian drinking fountain
Leyland Cross and Victorian drinking fountain
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lancashire
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lancashire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Admin. HQLeyland
 • TypeSouth Ribble Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Labour
 • MPs:Katherine Fletcher, Nigel Evans
 • Total43.6 sq mi (113.0 km2)
 • Rank201st
 • Total111,035
 • RankRanked 216th
 • Density2,500/sq mi (980/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code30UN (ONS)
E07000126 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.1% White
1.5% S. Asian[1]
South Ribble Borough Council
David Howarth, Liberal Democrats
since 18 May 2022[3]
Leader of the Council
Paul Foster[2], Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Karen Walton, Conservative
Seats1 executive mayor
50 councillors
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Political groups
Executive (22)[4]
  •   Labour (22)

Confidence and supply (5)[5]

Opposition (23)

Plurality block voting
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
4 May 2023
Meeting place
South Ribble Borough Council offices - - 3324827.jpg
Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, PR25 1DH

South Ribble is a borough in the county of Lancashire, England. Its council is based in Leyland. The population, at the 2011 Census, was 109,057.[1] Notable towns and villages include Walton le Dale, Bamber Bridge, Leyland and Penwortham. It is wedged geographically between the towns of Blackburn, Lytham St Annes and Chorley and the city of Preston.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, from Leyland and Walton-le-Dale urban districts, along with part of Preston Rural District.

The Parliamentary Constituency of South Ribble includes the West Lancashire communities of Rufford, Tarleton, Hesketh Bank and Meols. Other notable population areas within South Ribble are Penwortham, Longton, Hutton, Walton-le-Dale, Bamber Bridge, Lostock Hall, Moss Side, and part of Buckshaw Village.


For historical political control and leadership, see South Ribble Borough Council elections.

In the 2007 local elections, South Ribble Conservative party won a landslide victory, gaining 24 seats to hold 44 of 55 on the borough council.[6]

After the 2015 local elections, the political make up was Conservative (29 members), Labour (19 members) and Liberal Democrat (2 members).

In the 2019 local elections the Conservatives lost their majority and Labour took control after an agreement with the Liberal Democrats. The current make up of the council is Conservatives (23 members), Labour (22 members), Liberal Democrat (5 members).


The council is based at the Civic Centre on West Paddock in Leyland.[7]


The former urban district areas of Leyland, Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale are unparished areas. The rest of the district is divided into the following civil parishes:

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

South Ribble parishes
South Ribble parishes

Twin Town

South Ribble is twinned with:[8]

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 (2011). "Local Area Report – South Ribble Local Authority (E07000126)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Councillors". South Ribble Borough Council. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Mayoralty". South Ribble Borough Council. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Leader for South Ribble council elected as Labour take control". Lancashire Evening Post. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  5. ^ "LOCAL ELECTIONS 2019: Who controls South Ribble now after indecisive vote?". Lancashire Evening Post. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  6. ^ "South Ribble". BBC News. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Contact us". South Ribble Borough Council. Retrieved 25 August 2022. Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 1DH
  8. ^ South Ribble Borough Council, Town Twinning retrieved 21 January 2019
  9. ^ "Tributes pour in for former South Ribble Mayor and council leader Tony Kelly".
  10. ^ "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.