Heart of Village Research

RSN is compiling information about shops, pubs, and petrol filling stations located in English villages.

Access to Services and Cost Differentials - General

Amongst other information this shows a 22.8% decrease in the number of petrol filling stations located in rural areas between 2000 and 2010 and a…
Published in November 2010 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, this report shows that the minimum cost of living in rural areas is greater that in…
This report by the Office of Fair Trading (2012) examines issues of prices, internet, delivery, road fuels and public transport in the context of remote…

Location Based Surveys of Village Services

A summary of selected sections from an unpublished thesis titled ‘an evaluation of the effectiveness of the planning system in securing the retention of rural…
West Northamptonshire West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy
This survey provides statistics on a variety of rural services in Suffolk parishes.  It notes, for example, that 29% of parishes have a Post Office;…

Village Shops

The Plunkett Foundation promotes and develops support for community shops, co-operative Pubs and other community enterprises.  Here is a link to their website. Plunkett Foundation
The value of volunteering. (Plunkett Foundation, 2011) Older People and Community Owned Shops Final Report
A better form of business  (Plunkett Foundation, 2011) Community Owned Village ShopsThe report contains a variety of information on the growth and advantages of the…
A number of interesting articles including one about a manager who manages 2 community shops in Devon The Journey of the Rural Shops Alliance
We are doing this by looking at a variety of sources, including Local Authority surveys and reports; national statistical data; community sector examples; trade publications…

Village Pubs

This short article from the University of York (2012) notes the important social, economic and community functions of pubs in maintaining village life. It also…
This article by Juergen Uren, published by Tourism Insights (2009), explains some of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. It describes “the British pub…

Village Petrol Filling Stations

This Defra report (2012) notes differences in fuel prices between urban and rural areas (for example unleaded prices in sparse villages are approximately 2.3pence per…
This United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association publication provides information on petrol and diesel prices (sections 6 and 7 respectively) and details the decline in the…
Village Petrol Filling Stations   This report provides graphs of petrol filling station closures, and describes changing patterns of site ownership. Throughput per supermarket site…


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