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‘Let’s get EU money focused on the county’
2:09pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
CALLS for EU money to be injected into North Yorkshire’s rural areas have been made by the president of Rural Action Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne, in its annual report.
He said it was important that Rural Action Yorkshire, the leading voice of rural communities in the county, was able to continue to have a strong voice.
He said the organisation could play a part in ensuring that the new clinical commissioning groups understood that health services often needed to be delivered differently in rural areas because of the sparsity and distance of populations.
He also said the organisation could be used to speak up for rural communities during work with the Local Enterprise Partnerships.
“Next year, these relatively new groups will receive millions of pounds of EU funding,” said Lord Crathorne.
“We need to ensure that some of that money is focused on supporting the rural economy and combating issues specific to rural communities, such as poor transport, limited broadband, a lack of affordable housing and access to health care, education and other essential services.”
He praised rural communities for their innovation, passion and enthusiasm, adding: “It is their drive and determination that keeps rural communities vibrant and alive.”
The chairman, Linda Lloyd, in her report, said the organisation, which is in its 80th year, was in a strong position to help villages produce community plans, develop funding for projects, research and write feasibility studies.
She said: “We are also looking at possible services we could deliver or how we might become a managing agent for a number of partners who want to bid together for larger public funded contracts.”
The organisation had set up a Yorkshire website, focusing on the county’s hundreds of village halls, many of which were ideal for wedding receptions, business meetings and social events, to generate additional income.
Setting up community pubs, developing emergency plans in villages are among initiatives being promoted by the organisation, said Mrs Lloyd.