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

→ A summary of the 'Rural England – A different place demands a different strategy' event held in Taunton can be found here

The following individuals and organisations also support this call:
(Last update 18.04.19)

ACRE HB Villages Ltd
Airton Parish Meeting Hebden Parish Council
Aislaby Parish Council Hebden Royd Town Council
Aldwark Area Parish Council Henley in Arden Parish Council
Anglia Rural Consultants  Holsworthy Town Council
Ashbury Parish Council Horton cum Studley Parish Council
Ashill Parish Council Husthwaite Newsletter
Ashley Farm In Education
Ashley Parish Meeting Ingleton Parish Council
Ashton Parish Council Institute of Economic Development
Barchester Court Ltd J C & Associates Limited
Barnwell Parish Council Joe’s Cafe South Beach
Barrowden Parish Council Kenninghall Parish Council
Baxby Microlights Ltd Lamberhurst Parish Council
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity Lamplugh Village Hall
Betchworth Parish Council Launceston Town Council
BH Trees & Woodland Consultancy Ltd Lidgate Parish Council
Bicknoller Parish Council Litton Cheney Parish Council
Bidborough Parish Council Maldon District Council
Bishop Burton College Mawnan Parish Council
Blackdown Support Group Melchet Park & Plaitford Parish C
Bolton Parish Council Membury Parish Council
Boxgrove Parish Council Meriden Parish Council
Bradninch Town Council Midlands Rural Housing
Bridestowe Parish Council Moorsbus Community Interest Company
Bridport Environment Group National Centre for Rural Health and Care 
Bridport Local Area Partnership NDVS (North Devon Voluntary Services)
Bright Estates Netherseal Parish Council
Briston Parish Council Newtown Linford Parish Council
Brixton Parish Council Northamptonshire Acre
Broadmayne Parish Council Nowton Parish Council
Burythorpe Parish Council Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council
BV & SM Johnson Old Hunstanton Parish Council
Caldy Nature Park Orton Parish Meeting
Cam Parish Council Ousden Parish Council
Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Owstan Ltd
Chair Waveney Valley Local Action Group (RDPE-Leader)  Parkinson’s UK
Cheshire East Council Partners in Health (Midland) Ltd. 
Chetwynd Aston and Woodcote Parish Council Peter Tavy Parish Council
Church of England Plunkett Foundation
Clackclose100  Powlett & Associates Ltd 
Community Action Northumberland Pulborough Parish Council
Community Council for Somerset (CCS) Pym's Consultancy Ltd
Community First In Herefordshire and Worcestershire Quainton Parish Council
Compton Dando Parish Council Ribble Valley Borough Council
Compton Dando Parish Hall Risby Parish Council
Constantine Enterprise Company RKK Ltd
Corfe Castle Parish Council Rowlands Castle Parish Council
Cornwall Council Rural Action Derbyshire
Cornwall Rural Community Charity Rural Services Network
Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Rural West Sussex Partnership
Cowlinge Parish Council Sacriston Parish Council
CPRE Northumberland Sampford Arundel Parish Council 
Crick Parish Council Sherborne Deanery Rural Chaplaincy
Crowan Parish Council Smallburgh Parish Council
CSW Group Smith and Tucker Farms Ltd
Cusgarne Organic Farm  Snettisham Parish Council
Dalham Parish Council  South Hams District Council
Daventry District Council South Huish Parish Council
Devon County Council St Catherine Parish Meeting
Dorset Community Transport St Day Parish Council
Dowsby Parish Council St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Dyke St Gluvias Parish Council
Eagle Pc St Marks Church Scarisbrick
East Markham Parish Council Stansfield Parish Council
East Riding Of Yorkshire Council Stanway Parish Council
Eastham Parish Council Staverton Parish Council
Easton and Otley College Sticklepath Parish Council
Eden Housing Association Sunniside Community Association
EGOB Sutton Bridge & Wingland Parish Council
Elstead PC Teignbridge District Council
English Rural Housing Association The Clacklose Hundred CBS
Eskdaleside Cum Ugglebarnby Pc The Flower Export Co Ltd
Essex Police The Methodist and United Reformed Churches
Etchingham Parish Council The Rural Services Partnership 
Everybody "Get On Board" Tiffield Parish Council
Farlington Parish Meeting Tredington Parish Council 
Farthinghoe Parish Council Upper Beeding Parish Council
Feltwell Parish Council W.A.T.A.G.
Firstgroup UK Bus Division Warwickshire Older People’s Forum
Focs & Constantine Enterprise Co West Devon Borough Council
Forest Heath District Council West Lakes Adventure
Friends of Constantine Surgery  West Lindsey District Council
GRCC West Somerset Council
Great & Little Carlton Parish Council West Somerset Council 
Great Addington Parish Council West-Lindsey Dc
Great Gransden Parish Council What's on in Landbeach (Village Newsletter)
Gweek Parish Council Whorlton & Swainby Parish Council
Gwennap Parish Council Willey Parish Council
Hampshire County Council Wiltshire College - Lackham
Hamsey Parish Council Wiltshire College & University Centre
Harrington Parish Council Winford Parish Council
Harston Parish Council Wittersham Parish Council
Hastoe Group Woodchester Parish Council
Hastoe Housing Association Yarnton Parish Council
Haughton Parish Council Yelvertoft Parish Council
Hayton Parish Council Young Somerset

A. Crouchman John Beer
Abby Navarre John Firrell
Adam Paynter - Leader of Cornwall Council John Griffiths - Leader Of Forest Heath DC & St Edmundsbury BC
Adrian Louis John Hawkins
Alan Parker John Milne
Alastair Sheehan John Otley
Alison Abraham John Shorter
Alison Cruse Jon Moss
Alistair Banks Jon Turner
Amanda Brown Josephine Parish
Amber Nuttall Judith Pressley
Andrew Dyke Julia Ford
Andrew Fitter Julia Plinston
Andrew Lanham Julia Tingle
Andrew Mcdonald Julie Hardy
Andrew Shaw Juliet Williams
Andrew Simkins Karl Love
Andrew Talliss Katharine Harrod
Angela Barnes Kathleen Pym
Anica Alvarez Nishio Kathy Cuthbert
Ann Hindley Keeley Rudd
Anne Kemp Keith Riste
Anne Lawson Keith Townson
Anne-Marie Spalding Ken Christy
Anthony Trollope-Bellew - Leader of West Somerset Council Ken Johnson
Antoinette Wisbey Kenneth Bray
Avis Thomas Kevin Furnish
B Fludgate Kevin Hynes
Barbara Fisher Kevin Kendall
Barbara Le Gallez Kevin Wood
Barbara Stanway Kim Atkinson
Ben Hogben Kirsty Mcdowell
Beryl Janet James Lisa Clements
Bev Iles Liz Berry
Beverley Parker Lois Rowlands
Bishop of Ely Louisa Lockwood
Bob Welch  Louise Haywood
Brenda Weston Louise Tucker
Brian Foley M F Holmes
Bruce Heywood Malcolm Baldwin
Carol Perry Mark Herriott
Caroline Ashall Mark Nash-Williams (Revd)
Carolyn Peck Marshal Scott - Chief Executive of Bibble Valley Borough Council
Charles Wild Martin Weston
Charlotte Squire Melissa Whittaker
Chris Bell Merietta Raymond
Chris Cowcher Mervyn Benford
Chris Everidge Michael Lyons
Chris Higgins Mike Gant
Christine Patty Mike Hawes
Christine Rust Mike Willmott
Christopher Matijasevic Mrs B. Uren
Claire Way Mrs Gesella J Tidy
Clare Mahaddie Mrs Jean S Sangster
Clive Neal-Sturgess Mrs Santa Checkley
Cllr Bill Lane Myles Thomas
Cllr Julie Yelland Nathan Harmer-Taylor 
Cllr Mike Lovell Neil Watson
Cllr Norma Raynes Nick Boothroyd
Cllr Tamsyn D'arienzo  Nick Edmonds
Cllr. Nigel Shaw Nick Morton
Colin Adsley Nicola Salter
Colin Parnell Nik Harwood
Colin Smith Owen Bierley
Colin Stroud Patricia Holtom
Colin Tindill Patrick Kimber
Councillor Gary Cowan Patrick Spink
Dave Lewis Paul Cranstone
David Ansbro Paul French
David Cohen Paul Graham
David Darlow Paul Rogers
David Evans Paul Simpson
David Gluck Paulette Barton
David Roe Peter Clarke
David Simpson Peter Daniels
David Webb Peter Griffiths
Dawn Beeby Peter Hodge
Debbie Reyland Peter Holmes
Deborah Sellis Peter Jones
Derek Nicholls Peter Sleet
Diane Elphinstone Phil Galpin
Donald Macintyre Philip Cupit
Dr Alan Rogers Philippa Paget
Dr Gordon Morris Phyllis Power 
Dr Malcolm Rigler  Pip Hayes
E Mather Rachael Troughton
E Young Ray Kay
Ebbie Hulland Raymond Brookfield
Eileen Heaney Rev John L Evans
Elaine O'leary Revd Richard Kirlew
Elaine Simpson Richard Dorman
Elaine Smith Richard Parkinson
Elizabeth Clark Richard Sherras
Elizabeth Mcnabb Robert A Hatt
Emily Brailsford Robert Hodgson
Emma Powlett  Robert Lemmon
Emma Williams Robert Marshall
Enid Smith Robert Sloan
Eric Buckley Robert Wallace
Faye Mitchell Robin Walls
Frances Beatty Robin Wilkinson
Frank Cottee Roger Daniels
G S Dowding Rosie Weaver
Gary Moss Ross Durkin
Gemma Finnegan Rowena Salter
Gillian White  Ruth Coe
Grace Everett Ruth Conley
Guy Browes Ruth Foster
Guy Tucker Sally Lewis
H Moss Sally Samuels
Harriette Dottridge Sam Jones
Hazel Smith Sam Ross
Heather Crispin Samantha Haywood
Helen Gundry Sandra Morrison
Helen Richards Sandra Smith
Hilary Edwards Sarah Foxcroft 
Hilary Joyce Sarah Utting
Hilary Nelson Saskia Syms
Howard Maxted Scott Mann MP 
Hugh Dixon Sharon Jarvis
Hywel Lloyd Sharon Oatley
Ian Collingwood Shaun Beattie
Ian Cruise-Taylor Sheila Buckfield
Ian Gennery Sheila Summerscales
Ian Jenkins Stephen Guy Dru Drury
Ian Studd Stephen Macdonald 
Ian Wilson Stephen Real
Jacky Creswick Steve Cowley
Jacqueline Rogerson Steve Critten
James Agnew Steve Diamond
James Alcock Stuart Watts
James Catmur Sue Burrows
James Weddell Sue Gott
Jan Coulthard Sue Green
Jane Blackmore Sue Johnson
Jane Townsend Sue Osborne
Jane Westbrook Sune Nightingale
Jane Wright Susan Ellen Smith
Janet Carr Susan L. Scotter
Janice Banks Susan Ragbourne
Jasmine Black Susan Roberts
Jayne Gale Teresa Pascoe
Jayne Pease Terry Grocutt
Jean Nicholls Tim Christian
Jeffrey Summers Timothy Everett
Jenny English Timothy Roberts
Jeremy Cooper Tom Holway
Jeremy Groome Tom Lindsay
Jill White  Tom Lowry
Jim Beard Trevor B Gill
Jo Cottee Trevor Russel 
Jo Roundell Greene Valerie Marriott
Jo Wood Vanessa Saunders
Joan Sanger Veronica Sadowsky
Joanne Ainscough Vivien Margaret Twort
Joanne Alderton Wes Hinckes
John Barnett William Warburg

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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