Rural Communities

The Inconvenient Truth: Grouse Shooting Is Sustainable For Nature And The Rural Economy

Dr Mils Hills | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK
Dr Mils Hills

One of the great benefits of education is that it equips you with the self-confidence to change your opinion when aware of new evidence. That's why sc...

Fighting Leukaemia Helped Me Discover Art - So I Sold My Farm To Open A Gallery

Stephen Dale | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Dale

Art became a massive part of my life when I was ill, and with life so fast-paced today, I think it is important to have quiet, beautiful spaces, where you can forget your troubles for a while. If I can give just one person the feeling I had with the Bricks then I've achieved my goal.

Right To Home? Homelessness In England's Rural Areas

Charlotte Snelling | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Charlotte Snelling

Homelessness is not unique to urban areas, nor is affordable housing supply something which only urban communities need. If we are to tackle England's housing crisis and reduce the number of households becoming and remaining homeless, we need to move away from viewing homelessness as a solely urban phenomenon and give rural areas the attention and support that they need.

The Reality Of The Digital Skills Divide

Tim Bonner | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Bonner

More and more of the economic and social life of our country is moving online. Access to high speed broadband is now widely recognised as an essential service alongside water, electricity and gas. It has been a challenge to this, and previous, governments to roll out broadband in the countryside. We therefore welcome the Government commitment, expressed in last week's Autumn statement to invest £1 billion in broadband and mobile technologies.

Leave or Remain: Supporting the Rural Economy

Ross Murray | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

The one hard-and-fast rule about a 'Plan B' is to make sure there is one. The farming industry - at the whim in recent years of foot and mouth, bovine TB, crop disease, droughts, flooding, and commodity price crashes to name but a few - understands of the importance of a fall-back plan.

Why We Must Ensure The Modern Man is Not London Centric

James David Fox | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James David Fox

Those of us based in London or other major cities are living among the youngest, most affluent populations in the country. Life amongst urbanites has its perks: forward thinking, inventiveness, acceptance, open-mindedness to an evolving moral backdrop - a partisan view, I know.

This Farmer Has Taken Rural Broadband To New Heights

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Tech

A farmer frustrated with slow broadband speeds has launched his own business supplying superfast Internet to Britain’s most rural locations. Rich...

Creating a National Powerhouse

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

Government must take the lead on infrastructure. Creating thought out, integrated transport links within our top ten cities would be a start. Turning each into a mini London in terms of linking remote areas of each city.

Like With the Rip-off Energy Firms, Labour Is Determined to Take on the Bus Barons

Michael Dugher | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

The way local bus services are provided is not fit for purpose. Labour will stand up for passengers by changing the way things work to hand all English regions London-style powers over local bus services. This will ensure communities get the local bus services they need and deserve.

If Your Exams Are Good, Would You Mind a Gap Year?

Frontier | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Unfortunately a degree couldn't be enough to get you to your final goal: a rewarding career. The University is a long-lasting coaching, but the real match starts once you will be out of there. In the competitive race of labour market, a brief pit-stop could advantage your studies and job search... You need a gap year to not fall between the cracks of your career ladder.

The Pains of Rural Poverty Are Very Real

Steve Rose | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

Sherborne is a postcard of upper and middle-class tranquillity in Dorset. Famous for its historic abbey and private schools. But Sherborne is a Potemkin town. Look beyond the superficiality and the poverty is very real.

And So it Begins... Again

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Some readers will recall that not so long ago, in the autumn of 2011, the government released its first stab at trimming down Britain's onerous planning regulations. The National Planning Policy Framework, or NPPF as it became known, was seen by the coalition as a useful new weapon in its battle to control the deficit - more houses, more wealth, more growth.

Show Your Support for the Rural Economy

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

While some might have you believe that the biggest threat facing the countryside is the government's as yet unpublished and yet-to-be voted-on White Paper on planning (otherwise known as the National Planning Policy Framework or NPPF); in truth the biggest danger to our much-loved green spaces is the slow and seemingly irreversible decline of the rural economy.

Never Mind Superfast, for Some, Just Plain Broadband Would be a Result

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

The digital divide between urban and rural areas grows ever wider; with towns and cities basking in fibre-optic internet speeds and a variety of different providers offering competitive rates, while those living in the countryside have to contend with the net going down everytime someone calls their home telephone.

Who is the Party of the Countryside?

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 03.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Once upon a time that question was met with ridicule; the poser rendered a fool simply by having the temerity to ask it.

There is a Middle Ground on Planning and, Unusually, it Does Make the Most Sense

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 11.11.2011 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Since I first wrote about the Battle for Planning Rights for this website just two weeks ago, the war of words on the Government's draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has steadily intensified, reaching fever pitch in the past week now Parliament has returned.

The Battle for Planning Rights

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

A war is currently being waged in Britain. It is one that threatens to tear this sceptered isle in two, turning neighbour against neighbour and friends into enemies.

Reflections on a First Game Fair Experience

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 25.09.2011 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

To Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, for my first experience of the CLA Game Fair - Europe's largest countryside event. For those who have never been, the Fair is affectionately known as the "Glastonbury" for lovers of all things rural; an epithet that barely does justice to the scale or significance of the event.

Government Has Got it Wrong on Badger Cull

Mary Creagh | Posted 19.09.2011 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

Bovine TB is a terrible disease. Last year alone 25,000 cattle were slaughtered in England at a cost of £90 million to the taxpayer in testing and compensation for farmers. In hotspot areas like the South West, the toll on farmers and the rural community is immense. The Coalition Agreement promised farmers a science-led approach on bovine TB. With these proposals the government has turned their back on the science. The Environment Secretary has achieved the almost impossible. With the forests sell-off, her inept handling of wild animals in circuses and now an ill thought-out badger cull she has shot herself in the foot not once but 3 times. A hat trick unmatched by any other minister.

No Rural Retreat

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 14.09.2011 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Despite early promise and eye-catching statements like promising to be "the Greenest government ever" the Coalition has so far struggled to turnaround the anti-rural policies of previous administrations.