Cheese manufacturer fears it may have to leave Ribble Valley

First published in Business

THE owners of an award-winning cheese factory in Longridge have said they may have to move from the Ribble Valley if a proposed conservation area extension gets the go ahead.

Singleton’s Dairy, based at Mill Farm, had been in talks to expand the business into Stonebridge Mill, a former steel works, as the company was growing and needed more space.

But Ribble Valley Council has submitted plans to increase the Longridge Conservation Area to cover the mill, meaning Singleton’s would not be allowed to convert it.

The company, which exports cheese, mostly for supermarkets, to over 30 countries, has grown from strength to strength over the last 10 years, exporting £2.25million worth of cheese to the USA alone during the first quarter of this year.

But further growth has had to be put on hold because of space constraints, and Tilly Carefoot, managing director, said if she could not expand into the mill, she would have to move out of the borough, putting 86 jobs at risk.

She said: “I have the most loyal and hard-working staff and that is why we are so successful.

“I would hate to think I would lose them, but I probably would.

“It is frustrating that I can’t make something of the mill – it would give me the space we need to continue our success story.

“Ultimately we do hope to have a visitor centre, an antiques museum and a place where you can watch the cheese being made, but that is a long way off – everything is on hold at the moment.”

Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley, said making sure Singleton’s could stay in Longridge was just as important for the town’s conservation.

He said: “Singleton’s Dairy is Longridge and Longridge has long been associated with the dairy.

“For them to move out of Longridge, never mind the Ribble Valley, should be avoided and I would have thought that those involved would sit down and work out how we can allow them to expand their operations at the same time as conserving what is absolutely essential.”

Principal planning officer at Ribble Valley Council, Adrian Dowd, said the main aim was to protect and enhance the existing environmental quality of the area.

He said: “In my opinion the omission of important Stonebridge Mill buildings and structures from Longridge Conservation Area undermines the significance, integrity and legibility of this important site and the character and appearance of the conser-vation area as a whole.”

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10:27am Sat 14 Apr 12

Lancs - pensioner says...

Planning officers think they are god, no common sence at all, remember Mr Planner you are only an employee of the council and nothing else, 86 redundancies on your conscience is something you should be thinking about!
Planning officers think they are god, no common sence at all, remember Mr Planner you are only an employee of the council and nothing else, 86 redundancies on your conscience is something you should be thinking about! Lancs - pensioner
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11:39am Sat 14 Apr 12

prince of darkness says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Planning officers think they are god, no common sence at all, remember Mr Planner you are only an employee of the council and nothing else, 86 redundancies on your conscience is something you should be thinking about!
About time these Planning officials wake up to whats happening around them. They have forgot they are public servants. They should work to benifit of local people. Planning officers are the idiots who give permision for wind Farms. Talk about double standards, just hope common sense prevails.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Planning officers think they are god, no common sence at all, remember Mr Planner you are only an employee of the council and nothing else, 86 redundancies on your conscience is something you should be thinking about![/p][/quote]About time these Planning officials wake up to whats happening around them. They have forgot they are public servants. They should work to benifit of local people. Planning officers are the idiots who give permision for wind Farms. Talk about double standards, just hope common sense prevails. prince of darkness
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7:07pm Sat 14 Apr 12

not too old to care says...

Hope the doubters will be as quick to thank their MP for his part when this matter is sorted.
Hope the doubters will be as quick to thank their MP for his part when this matter is sorted. not too old to care
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8:18pm Sat 14 Apr 12

I_Love_Mommy says...

happycyclist wrote:
I_Love_Mommy wrote:
happycyclist wrote:
I_Love_Mommy wrote: Codex Alimentarius in action http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=y_c4hCQAW 2E&feature=relat ed
sorry, I'm not joining the dots up here... what has that got to do with a cheese factory in Longridge?
The control of your food, no natural home made/grown foods to be allowed, please do not take my word for it and do your own research, sir.
Yeah, I got that bit, but what's it got to do with a cheese factory in Longridge? Are you suggesting that it's a conspiracy to close the place down because they use natural ingredients?
Of course it is
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I_Love_Mommy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I_Love_Mommy[/bold] wrote: Codex Alimentarius in action http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=y_c4hCQAW 2E&feature=relat ed[/p][/quote]sorry, I'm not joining the dots up here... what has that got to do with a cheese factory in Longridge?[/p][/quote]The control of your food, no natural home made/grown foods to be allowed, please do not take my word for it and do your own research, sir.[/p][/quote]Yeah, I got that bit, but what's it got to do with a cheese factory in Longridge? Are you suggesting that it's a conspiracy to close the place down because they use natural ingredients?[/p][/quote]Of course it is I_Love_Mommy
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8:21pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Malthus says...

not too old to care wrote:
Hope the doubters will be as quick to thank their MP for his part when this matter is sorted.
He does not appear to be doing much at the moment. However, his comment "For them to move out of Longridge, never mind the Ribble Valley, should be avoided..." demonstrates that he is obviously a political firebrand and his comments are positively Churchillian.
[quote][p][bold]not too old to care[/bold] wrote: Hope the doubters will be as quick to thank their MP for his part when this matter is sorted.[/p][/quote]He does not appear to be doing much at the moment. However, his comment "For them to move out of Longridge, never mind the Ribble Valley, should be avoided..." demonstrates that he is obviously a political firebrand and his comments are positively Churchillian. Malthus
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9:40pm Sat 14 Apr 12

I_Love_Mommy says...

happycyclist wrote:
I'm getting worried... you're starting to make sense, brossen.
If you look in the 'Supermarket' there is NOTHING of any nutritional value whatsoever.. Meat is bleach washed and pumped with antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines/ same as fish.
Then all the Veggies are irradiated which destroys the enzymes and sprayed with poisons then lovingly wrapped in plastic ! We have been conditioned over many years to accept this. I won't even mention GMO's
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: I'm getting worried... you're starting to make sense, brossen.[/p][/quote]If you look in the 'Supermarket' there is NOTHING of any nutritional value whatsoever.. Meat is bleach washed and pumped with antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines/ same as fish. Then all the Veggies are irradiated which destroys the enzymes and sprayed with poisons then lovingly wrapped in plastic ! We have been conditioned over many years to accept this. I won't even mention GMO's I_Love_Mommy
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9:45pm Sat 14 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

I_Love_Mommy wrote:
happycyclist wrote:
I'm getting worried... you're starting to make sense, brossen.
If you look in the 'Supermarket' there is NOTHING of any nutritional value whatsoever.. Meat is bleach washed and pumped with antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines/ same as fish.
Then all the Veggies are irradiated which destroys the enzymes and sprayed with poisons then lovingly wrapped in plastic ! We have been conditioned over many years to accept this. I won't even mention GMO's
You're preaching to the converted with that stuff. I'm not quite 100% sheeple just yet!
[quote][p][bold]I_Love_Mommy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: I'm getting worried... you're starting to make sense, brossen.[/p][/quote]If you look in the 'Supermarket' there is NOTHING of any nutritional value whatsoever.. Meat is bleach washed and pumped with antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines/ same as fish. Then all the Veggies are irradiated which destroys the enzymes and sprayed with poisons then lovingly wrapped in plastic ! We have been conditioned over many years to accept this. I won't even mention GMO's[/p][/quote]You're preaching to the converted with that stuff. I'm not quite 100% sheeple just yet! happycyclist
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9:48pm Sat 14 Apr 12

I_Love_Mommy says...

happycyclist wrote:
I_Love_Mommy wrote:
happycyclist wrote: I'm getting worried... you're starting to make sense, brossen.
If you look in the 'Supermarket' there is NOTHING of any nutritional value whatsoever.. Meat is bleach washed and pumped with antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines/ same as fish. Then all the Veggies are irradiated which destroys the enzymes and sprayed with poisons then lovingly wrapped in plastic ! We have been conditioned over many years to accept this. I won't even mention GMO's
You're preaching to the converted with that stuff. I'm not quite 100% sheeple just yet!
LOL sorry bro... I'll leave you in peace hehe
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I_Love_Mommy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: I'm getting worried... you're starting to make sense, brossen.[/p][/quote]If you look in the 'Supermarket' there is NOTHING of any nutritional value whatsoever.. Meat is bleach washed and pumped with antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccines/ same as fish. Then all the Veggies are irradiated which destroys the enzymes and sprayed with poisons then lovingly wrapped in plastic ! We have been conditioned over many years to accept this. I won't even mention GMO's[/p][/quote]You're preaching to the converted with that stuff. I'm not quite 100% sheeple just yet![/p][/quote]LOL sorry bro... I'll leave you in peace hehe I_Love_Mommy
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10:34am Mon 16 Apr 12

Izanears says...

I would not expect too much from Deputy Speaker Evans.
Ribble Cement are laying staff off because of a lack of orders.
By a strange coincidence, a French firm is supplying 60% of the cement used in the re-building of Iraq. If I remember correctly, the french were against going into Iraq. So why are they benefiting and we are not?
I would not expect too much from Deputy Speaker Evans. Ribble Cement are laying staff off because of a lack of orders. By a strange coincidence, a French firm is supplying 60% of the cement used in the re-building of Iraq. If I remember correctly, the french were against going into Iraq. So why are they benefiting and we are not? Izanears
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10:54am Mon 16 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

Izanears wrote:
I would not expect too much from Deputy Speaker Evans.
Ribble Cement are laying staff off because of a lack of orders.
By a strange coincidence, a French firm is supplying 60% of the cement used in the re-building of Iraq. If I remember correctly, the french were against going into Iraq. So why are they benefiting and we are not?
Do you really need to ask? It's because David Icke was right all along and all British politicians are alien reptiles.
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: I would not expect too much from Deputy Speaker Evans. Ribble Cement are laying staff off because of a lack of orders. By a strange coincidence, a French firm is supplying 60% of the cement used in the re-building of Iraq. If I remember correctly, the french were against going into Iraq. So why are they benefiting and we are not?[/p][/quote]Do you really need to ask? It's because David Icke was right all along and all British politicians are alien reptiles. happycyclist
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