Challenges for rural communities 8 1 14

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Rural Communities: development and organising… state of play in 2014 Challenges for Rural Communities Exercise

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Challenges for rural communities 8 1 14

  1. 1. Rural Communities: development and organising… state of play in 2014 Challenges for Rural Communities Exercise Funded by: Hosted by: Wednesday 8 January 2014 Retford Town Hall
  2. 2. FROM WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD TODAY…… • Discuss in your group – One key rural issue/challenge for you? – One practical way forward in addressing rural needs/issues? – One current/future rural issue/challenge that has not been addressed today?
  3. 3. FEEDBACK GROUP 1 • Issue: rural broadband • Practical way forward: groups (as a social enterprise) offering expertise on neighbourhood planning on non-profit basis – peer learning and ‘undercutting’ commercial consultants • Issue not addressed: how to break down barriers between agencies and people and vice versa
  4. 4. FEEDBACK GROUP 2 • Issue: growing elderly population in rural areas – raises issues of access to transport, services etc • Practical way forward: push rural issues onto mainstream planning agency agendas – eg Local Economic Partnerships • Issue not addressed:capacity and capabilities for rural communities to ‘take on’ services
  5. 5. FEEDBACK GROUP 3 • Issue: commissioning rural services: issues of cost, who can deliver and access; are rural groups excluded from the tendering process? • Practical way forward: protecting spaces for rural groups to meet and promotion of mobile services • Issue not addressed: sustainability – how to keep rural communities thriving

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