THE need to improve the provision of homes for countryside communities is being highlighted during Rural Housing Week.
MARKET towns and villages are being urged to enter an annual competition to find Britain's best high street.
The Prince's Countryside Fund has unveiled grants worth more than £550,000 for rural communities.
A POLICE operation to tackle rural crime is continuing to disrupt criminal activity in Lincolnshire.
A new online voice has been launched to represent the interests of England's 10,000 village and community halls.
RESEARCHERS are investigating the extent to which consumers use traffic-light nutrition labelling when choosing food.
The government is expected to address rural concerns about its Housing and Planning Bill.
RURAL drivers are being urged to take extra care after figures showing most fatalities occur on country roads.
Peers and rural groups have joined forces to argue for measures that protect the affordability of rural housing.
LOCAL councils and rural business leaders are divided over calls by MPs for a review of national planning policy.
Funding is available for rural initiatives that benefit communities – such as projects involving village shops, pubs and the delivery of other important services.
The 50 local authority districts with the best quality of rural life have been revealed in a wide-ranging survey.