East Riding Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Partnership are jointly developing a new Rural Strategy for launch in spring 2016.
This new rural strategy will identify key priorities and issues facing rural communities and businesses over the next few years and develop practical actions to address them. To inform this process, a series of consultative events have been held to give rural community and business stakeholders the opportunity to influence and shape the rural strategy. A session with a focussed discussion was held at Burnby Community Hall in Pocklington yesterday (14 January).
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding Council, said: “As one of the largest rural authorities in the UK, from day one, the council identified the need to establish a rural policy and partnerships team to work with partner organisations and advocate on behalf of our rural communities. Today that team is as strong as ever, acting as the voice of our rural communities and is supported and steered by a strong Rural Partnership made up of representatives from many aspects of rural business and organisations. The East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Strategy plays an important role in shaping the delivery of our services, both now and into the future, and it is excellent that these documents are constantly reviewed and updated to reflect changes in national policy and challenges locally.”