Time for a rural strategy

The RSN believes that the Government should take the lead and work with interested organisations to produce a comprehensive long term and funded Rural Strategy.  

We have developed a Template Rural Strategy which sets out the rational for calling for such a strategy.  We believe that it should include the following component parts and the Template Rural Strategy sets out evidence to support their inclusion:

  • A Thriving Rural Economy
  • A Digitally connected countryside
  • A Place everyone can get around
  • An Affordable Place to live
  • A fair deal on health and social care
  • A Place to learn and grow
  • A settlement (including fair funding for rural services) to support local action
  • A rural proofed policy framework

→ Download the RSN template 'Time for a Rural Strategy' Report here

We call on Government to produce a Rural Strategy to set out their priorities for Englands Rural Communities and the Rural Economy for the future and we ask you to support this call.
The campaign has featured heavily in press across the country. Details can be found here

The following individuals and organisations also support this call:
(Last update 21.03.19)

ACRE Horton cum Studley Parish Council
Airton Parish Meeting Husthwaite Newsletter
Ashley Farm Ingleton Parish Council
Ashley Parish Meeting Institute of Economic Development
Barchester Court ltd Lamberhurst Parish Council
Barrowden Parish Council Lamplugh Village Hall
Baxby Microlights ltd Lidgate Parish Council
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity Membury Parish Council
Betchworth Parish Council Meriden Parish Council
Bidborough Parish Council Midlands Rural Housing
Bishop Burton College Moorsbus Community Interest Company
Blackdown Support Group NDVS (North Devon Voluntary Services)
Bridestowe Parish Council Netherseal Parish Council
Bridport Environment Group Newtown Linford Parish Council
Bright Estates Northamptonshire ACRE
Burythorpe Parish Council Nowton parish council
BV & SM Johnson Orton Parish Meeting
Caldy Nature Park Ousden Parish Council
Cam Parish Council Owstan Ltd
Chair Waveney Valley Local Action group (RDPE-LEADER)  Parkinsons UK
Church of England Partners in Health ( Midland) Ltd. 
Compton Dando Parish Council Plunkett Foundation
Compton Dando Parish Hall Pym's Consultancy Ltd
Constantine Enterprise Company Ribble Valley Borough Council
Cornwall Council RKK Ltd
Cornwall Rural Community Charity Rural Action Derbyshire
Cowlinge Parish Council Rural Services Network
CPRE Northumberland Sacriston Parish Council
Crowan Parish Council Santa's Food Workshop
Cusgarne Organic Farm  Sherborne Deanery Rural Chaplaincy
Daventry District Council Smith and Tucker Farms Ltd
Dorset Community Transport South Hams District Council
Dowsby Parish Council St Catherine Parish Meeting
Eagle PC St Edmundsbury Borough Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council St Gluvias Parish Council
Easton and Otley College St Marks Church Scarisbrick
Eden Housing Association Stansfield Parish Council
English Rural Housing Association Stanway Parish Council
Essex Police Teignbridge District Council
Everybody "Get On Board" The Clacklose Hundred CBS
Everybody get on board egob  The Flower Export Co Ltd
Farlington Parish Meeting The Methodist and United Reformed Churches
Feltwell Parish Council The National Centre for Rural Health & Care
FirstGroup UK Bus Division Tredington Parish Council 
Forest Heath District Council Upper Beeding Parish Council
Great & Little Carlton Parish Council Warwickshire Older Peoples Forum
Great Addington Parish Council West Devon Borough Council
Gweek Parish Council West Lindsey District Council
Gwennap Parish Council West Somerset Council 
Harston Parish Council What's On In Landbeach (Village newsletter)
Hastoe Group Whorlton & Swainby Parish Council
Hastoe Housing Association Willey Parish Council
Hayton Parish Council Wiltshire College & University Centre
HB Villages Ltd Winford Parish Council
Hebden Parish Council Woodchester Parish Council
Hebden Royd Town Council Yarnton Parish Council
Henley in arden parish council Young Somerset
Holsworthy Town Council

A. Crouchman John Milne
Adam Paynter - Leader or Cornwall Council Judith Pressley
Adrian Louis Julia Ford
Alan Parker Julie Hardy
Alastair Sheehan Karl Love
Alison Abraham Kathleen Pym
Alison Cruse Kathy Cuthbert
Amber Nuttall Keith Riste
Andrew Fitter Ken Christy
Andrew Lanham Kenneth Bray
Andrew Shaw Kevin Furnish
Andrew Talliss Kevin Hynes
Ann Hindley Kevin Kendall
Anne-Marie Spalding kevin wood
Anthony Trollope-Bellew  - Leader of West Somerset Council Kirsty McDowell
Avis Thomas Liz Berry
Barbara Fisher Lois Rowlands
Barbara Le Gallez Louisa Lockwood
Barbara Smithson M F Holmes
Barbara Stanway Malcolm Rigler
Beryl Janet James Mark Nash-Williams (Revd)
Bev Iles Marshal Scott (Chief Executive)
Beverley Parker Martin Weston
Bishop of Ely Melissa Whittaker
Bob Welch  Merietta Raymond
Brenda Weston Mike Hawes
Brian Foley Mike Willmott
Bruce Heywood Mrs A A Thomas
Carol Perry Mrs B. Uren
Carolyn Peck Mrs Gesella J Tidy
Charles Wild Mrs Santa Checkley
Charlotte Squire Myles Thomas
Chris Cowcher Neil Watson
Chris Everidge Nick Boothroyd
Chris Higgins Nick Edmonds
Christine Patty Nick Morton
Claire Vaughan Nicola Salter
Claire Way Nik Harwood
Clare Mahaddie Owen Bierley
Clive Neal-Sturgess Parish Clerk
Cllr Julie Yelland Patricia Holtom
Colin Adsley Patrick Kimber
Colin Parnell Patrick Spink
colin smith Paul Cranstone
Councillor Gary cowan Paul French
Dave Lewis Paul Rogers
David Ansbro Paul Simpson
David Cohen Peter Clarke
David Darlow Peter Daniels
David Roe Peter Hodge
David Webb Peter Jones
Dawn Beeby Peter Sleet
Debbie Reyland Petrina Mayson
Derek Nicholls Phil Galpin
Diane  Elphinstone Philip Cupit
Donald MacIntyre Philippa Paget
Dr Alan Rogers Phyllis Power 
Dr Malcolm Rigler  Rachael Troughton
E Young Ray Kay
Ebbie Hulland Raymond Brookfield
Eileen Heaney Revd Richard Kirlew
Elaine O'Leary Richard Parkinson
Elaine Smith Richard Sherras
Elizabeth Clark Robert A Hatt
Elizabeth McNabb Robert Hodgson
Emily Brailsford Robert Lemmon
Emma Gray Robert Marshall
Emma Williams Robert Sloan
Enid Smith Robin turner
Eric Buckley Robin Wilkinson
Gail Cawthorne Roger Daniels
Gary Moss Rosie Weaver
Gemma Finnegan Rowena Salter
Gillian white  Ruth Coe
Grace Everett Ruth Conley
Guy Browes Ruth Foster
guy tucker Sally Lewis
Harriette Dottridge Sam Ross
Helen Gundry Sandra Morrison
Helen Richards Sandra Smith
Hilary Joyce Sarah Foxcroft 
Howard Maxted Sarah utting
Hugh Dixon Saskia Syms
Hywel Lloyd Scott Mann MP 
Ian Collingwood Sharon Jarvis
Ian Cruise-Taylor Shaun Beattie
Ian Gennery Sonya Exton
Ian Studd Sophie Ross-Briggs
Ian Wilson Stephan Real
Jacky Creswick Steve Cowley
James Agnew Steve Critten
James Alcock Sue Gott
James Weddell Sue Johnson
Jan Coulthard Sue Osborne
Jane Townsend Susan Ellen Smith
Jane Westbrook Susan L. Scotter
Janet Carr Susan Ragbourne
Janice Banks Susan Roberts
Jayne Pease Teresa Pascoe
jean nicholls Terry Grocutt
Jeffrey Summers Tim Christian
Jo Roundell Greene Timothy Everett
Joanne Ainscough Timothy Roberts
Joanne Alderton Tom Holway
John Barnett Trevor B Gill
John Beer Trevor Russel 
John Griffiths - Leader of Forest Heath DC &  St Edmundsbury BC Vanessa Saunders
John Hawkins Wes Hinckes
Download our 'Time for a Rural Strategy' Report here (463KB)
     - Hi resolution version can be downloaded here (15MB)

→ Download the 'Time for a Rural Strategy -  Key Messages' document here 


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