Join the Big Debate on the crisis facing our rural communities

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THE UNPRECEDENTED crisis facing Yorkshire’s rural communities will be the focus of The Yorkshire Post’s next Big Debate - and our readers are being urged to take part.

The combination of swingeing cuts to local authority budgets, soaring house and petrol prices and the disappearance of vital services have left many rural communities on the brink.

But what can be down to reserve the trend?

That will be the topic of discussion as a panel of experts are quizzed at The Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate on April 30.

Among the panel members will be Bill Cowling, farmer and Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show.

He said: “Rural issues are important to everyone and have an impact on lives, whether or not you live and work in the countryside. It is hugely important that concerns are explored and discussed as good communication frequently is the starting point for greater understanding and then for action to be taken.

“I would urge anyone who values our countryside as a workplace, a holiday venue or simply as an integral part of English life, to come along. It is sure to provide much food for thought and will be an interesting evening.”

Other panel members will include Country Landowners’ Association Regional Director of Policy and Public Affairs Douglas Chalmers, Jules Marley from the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and Richmondshire District Council leader John Blackie, will help lead the debate and answer your questions.

The debate, which will start at 6pm, will be chaired by Yorkshire Post Editor Jeremy Clifford.

If you would like to attend please email Jayne.Lownsbrough@jpress.co.uk and include your name, a contact telephone number and a question you would like to ask.

Please also put Rural Crisis Debate in the email header.

Alternatively please write to Jayne Lownsbrough, Editor’s Secretary, Rural Crisis Debate, Yorkshire Post, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE.

All ticket applications must be received by April 28.