Uckfield is one of only three towns in East Sussex selected to be part of a pressure group – the Rural Services Network (RSN – which aims to promote the interests of rural/market towns and their hinterlands.
More than 200 places in England have been approached to join the group, which has a subscription of £150 a year for places the size of Uckfield.
The aim of Devon-based Rural Services Network is to establish and present the rural view.
“We are concerned that, whilst treating other home countries [Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland] differently, Government is often tempted to consider English issues through an urban looking glass and too frequently consider urban facing situations without giving any particular consideration to rural areas.
“We would like to change that,” a letter to Uckfield Town Council from the RSN said.
“We think the right operational networks, such as the one proposed here will very much assist.
Other towns invited from East Sussex are Rye and Ringmer.
Town councillors had some concerns about joining the group and its effectiveness when they discussed the issue at Monday’s (October 28) full council meeting.
However, they agreed to join on a trial basis for one year.
What is the Rural Services Network?
“RSN is the national champion for rural services, ensuring that people in rural areas have a strong voice. We are fighting for a fair deal for rural communities to maintain their social and economic viability for the benefit of the nation as a whole.”
What are its priorities?
- A thriving rural economy
- A digitally-connected countryside
- A place everyone can get around
- Fair funding to address the local rural penalty
- A fair deal on health and social care
- A place to learn and grow
- An affordable place to live
- A rural proofed policy framework
– information taken from the Rural Services Network website (external link)
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