ALMOST 900 residents across South Ribble took part in a consultation about the so-called ‘Green Links’ programme.

Town hall chiefs published the programme to help improve the overall health and wellbeing of residents in the borough and say it will improve and create green features across the borough such as parks and local green spaces.

It will also provide improved links between them, such as signposted cycle and walking paths.

The programme will also provide potential for multi-purpose health, wellbeing and leisure campuses.

Cllr Mick Titherington, deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Wellbeing said: “Health and Wellbeing and promoting the environment are key priorities for us.

“We know that South Ribble falls just below the national average regarding people meeting the recommended 150 minutes of activity per week and we’re dedicated to helping improve this.

“The Green Links programme will transform the way people can get around the borough in a healthy way – without the use of cars – and will provide and improved green spaces and facilities for residents to enjoy.

“A key contribution we can make to improve the health of our residents is to increase opportunities available for people to embark on active lifestyles. From developing new play areas, pedestrian and cycle routes, to improving our parks, we want our green infrastructure to be a selling point for the borough.

“We’ve listened to our residents at every stage and are dedicated to make sure that the future of the community is one we all have a say in.”

One key area of concern for our residents which came out strongly in the consultation was the future of treasured green spaces at Balcarres Green and Bent Lane in Leyland.

Cllr Paul Foster, council leader said: “68 per cent of South Ribble is green space which is fantastic, but this means that consideration to building on green space represents a significant challenge for us.

“While it’s recognised that there are housebuilding targets set by central government outside of the council’s control, there was a clear determination from respondents to ensure that the council does what it can to protect local green spaces within existing communities.

“Our residents have spoken and we have listened. No house building will take place on the green spaces in Balcarres Green and Bent Lane and we are looking forward to undertaking further consultation with those residents.”