Locally Longridge has been in the media for many different reasons. When I move to Longridge with my family in 1993, I went to Preston College and Longridge was a nice quiet town at the foot of the fells. Nothing really changed and the sense of community remained and the town was a proud of what it had achieved. I left in 1995 to study for my degree at the University of Wolverhampton. I spent most of time until recently down in the Midlands working for Insurance companies but popped back to see my folks. And each time I saw how Preston and Longridge were changing.
Preston commercial centres seemed to be shrinking, I can remember when things like Family Credit were based in the Uni Centre near the Bus Station, Lancashire County Council were down sizing and Guild House and Winkley House ( just off Winkley Square) now remain empty, East Cliff Office were down sized too. Now in Longridge and Grimsargh things seemed to be changing too. the opening of Bluebell Way and Junction 31a meant traffic could get to the Industrial and Commercial estates at Red Scar, Fulwood, Roman Way and into Longridge.
So I am now living back in Longridge and yes it has changed mainly for the good but there is a few controversy too. Berry Lane is booming whilst other towns have empty shops, we have some great place to eat in the town and so much more for the kids too. Large business has used Longridge and the surrounding villages as there home with companies like Carefoots PLC, OBAS Group, Skiddle, and TDG. As for Shay Lane, Roman Way and Red Scar they have just boomed with businesses and developed into mini Hubs next to the M6 route. Longridge commerce is on the up.
The town centre (Berry Lane/Derby Road Area) now boast of the Station Heritage Centre, lots of shops and cafes, Swifts Hardware, Andrew O’Neills Electrical Appliances (I bought my first TV from Andrew), Especially for You, Linnets , Lisa Marie Cakes and we even have complimentary therapies from Kendal House Clinics.
It is however ad that the Local press (Longridge News) office are now a pizza parlour I guess that’s just a sign of the times as well as the growth of housing development which seems to be putting a strain on our great local schools, hard working GP surgeries and local services. Can the sewage system cope with all this extra waste ? So while Longridge “life might be goodish” (to paraphrase Dave Gorman) the really cost is that our kids and grand children wont be able to get on the housing ladder on these new developments, even thou they offer supposed “Affordable Housing”.
I’m sure Longridge is not the only town to go thru changes that are good and bad ( tell us about your town ), but Longridge and Grimsargh are great places for a business, with great arterial routes be it by road via the M6, M55, M65, M61/M62. The rail routes from Preston and Blackburn give you good access to all location in the UK via Northern Rail, Virgin Trains and Cross Country.
Want to now more about Longridge, Grimsargh, Ribbleton and Goosnargh why not check these sites out:
Longridge Online : The home of Longridge Business Group. The is a list of thriving business in Longridge, Note Accede IT are not listed as our office are based in central Preston, but our owner is based in Longridge.
Longridge Business Directory: I would say a better site than Longridge Online, which I feel in place can lose its focus and when looking at teh links page on Longridge Online you can see there is a bias to a certain insurance broker who also appear in the business directory too!! Anyway we digress, A2A who run this site send out every year to locals the listing of business with other useful information.
Longridge Station: What they have done to the old Longridge Station is just amazing. Excellent facilities in the heart of Longridge town centre available for booking. Meeting space in the Longridge Station is available from £15 per hour (with discounts availble over 3 hours).
Roman Way: The estate is located in Preston, Lancashire. The estate is situated approximately 4 miles to the east of Preston City Centre and is accessed via the (B6243) Longridge Road close to Junction 31a of the M6 Motorway. Occupiers include: Virgin Wines, European Freeze Dry and Perrydown Ltd.