About Us

Serving a combined population of around 250,000 residents, Chorley Council and South Ribble Borough Council are fast becoming a shining example of the power of collaboration. With a unique balance of diverse urban and rural areas, the boroughs sit at the heart of Lancashire, a county which provides diverse heritage, beautiful landscapes, and strong connectivity to areas of England, Scotland, and Wales. With major motorway and rail links to nearby cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Preston, including to Liverpool and Manchester Airports, the boroughs of Chorley and South Ribble are an attractive place for people to live, work and visit.

Chorley Council

Chorley Council has the vision to be a proactive community leader, supporting the borough and all its residents to reach their full potential through working in partnership to deliver services that achieve the best outcomes for local people and protect vulnerable people.

The organisation has committed to four key priorities for the future:

  • Housing where residents can live well
  • A green and sustainable borough
  • An enterprising economy with vibrant local centres in urban and rural areas
  • Healthy, safe and engaged communities

View Chorley Council Corporate Strategy

South Ribble

South Ribble Borough Council’s vision is to be a listening, engaging and responsive Council that makes the best use of its resources to enable every person and community to thrive in a vibrant, green and fair borough.

The council has determined a set of four key priorities for the future:

  • To be an exemplary council
  • To have healthy and happy communities
  • To create opportunities for everyone
  • To have green and clean neighbourhoods

View South Ribble Council Corporate Strategy

Working Together

Chorley Council and South Ribble Council share a number of services.

Why shared services?

Shared services allows for improved resilience across both councils and provides numerous benefits to our operations and in turn our service to our residents. It also provides significant cost savings for both councils.

Currently we share the following services equating to over 200 staff:

  • Joint Senior Management Team including Chief Executive
  • Finance
  • Corporate Governance and Legal
  • Communications and Visitor Economy
  • Transformation and Partnerships
  • ICT Services
  • Customer Services

Council sovereignty and decision making

Both councils still retain their council, cabinet and committees and make decisions and set policy for their sovereign council.

While the back end processes may be shared, the values, strategies, and corporate plans are separate to each council. Our staff are trained to work for both independent councils simultaneously.

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