1306: Rural Insight Survey 2011

This paper is summarised from the ‘Rural Insight Survey 2011’ conducted by Rose Regeneration and Ruralcity Media with support from the Rural Services Network. The survey presents an overview of the opinions and experiences of 1,348 representatives of rural England and its inhabitants.

Year of Publication2011

Travel costs were seen as the most significant challenge facing rural England but there was also a preference for people to travel to services rather than providing them locally. Some communities are more enterprising than others and capturing the essence of why this is could help the Big Society. There was no consensus that affordable housing is always a good thing - there are worries about the impact on village sustainability. Ageing populations and the lack of local employment are challenging. Poor quality broadband compromises the “e-enablement” of services. In some quarters there was a strong reaction against regulation and intervention

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