Councils that are efficient and keep costs down should be rewarded, not penalised.
Posts Tagged: Rural affairs
‘Peter Pans’ prefer to burn the candle at both ends. They are cicadas, not ants, but many would still love to raise a family.
Maintaining the moors is not just about sport. It has wider environmental, economic, and social benefits – even for those who have never picked up a gun.
Agricultural vehicle and land rover theft is up by over a quarter. We need to stamp out serious organised crime in our countryside.
The transition is much-needed for sustainability. But it must begin with a manageable reduction in the payments. Or we could be plunged into crisis.
Whilst I find the present curtailment of my personal right to roam frustrating, I reluctantly sympathise.
Social distancing in a crowded urban park is ceaseless effort; on a rural stroll, effortless. Yet Derbyshire Police insist that we confine ourselves to the former.
The merits of local policing, embedded in the community, should not be underestimated. Shifting to specialist teams is a mistake.
It is rural England that forms the bedrock of Conservatism. But we must not take its support for granted.
Even in “safe seats” a culture of knock-every-door campaigning is needed. That was the lesson from the local elections.
If he is looking for a legacy beyond Brexit, then ‘rural proofing’ all government policy would be a good place to start.
Nick Rushton: Councils’ funding gap must be faced by the new Prime Minister – or we risk suffering at the ballot box.
Counties are the most exposed to financial pressures, but the least resourced to deal with them. Rural residents are getting a raw deal.
Martin Parsons: The politically explosive small print in the Climate Change Committee’s report on sea defence
Destroying coastal barriers to “create a new habitat area” would mean leaving our seaside towns and villages to be flooded. People must come first.
And, as Boles says, we will never build the number of homes we need unless the state is building 100,000 a year.
Rural communities will welcome development – if it fits the local vernacular and genuinely meets community needs.