Come along to our live debate on Yorkshire’s rural crisis

The 'Great Yorkshire Show's honorary director Bill Cowling' will be on the panel at our Big Debate on the county's rural crisis
The 'Great Yorkshire Show's honorary director Bill Cowling' will be on the panel at our Big Debate on the county's rural crisis
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The director of a company helping revitalise rural villages will be joining the panel for The Yorkshire Post’s debate on the crisis facing the countryside.

Rob Hindle, from Skipton-based Rural Solutions which works to create new housing, work places, tourism and leisure businesses, will be sharing his views and taking your questions at the event on April 30.

As The Yorkshire Post recently revealed treasured rural communities are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis.

Our comprehensive report showed how vital services, transport links and facilities are disappearing while villages face a mass exodus of young people in search of cheaper housing and better-paid jobs.

The number of post offices in rural Yorkshire has been cut by a third since 2001 while the amount of money used to support rural bus services has been cut by 20 per cent in the last three years.

Now you have the opportunity to ask key players what action they would take and put your own views forward at our special debate.

The panel will also include the Country Landowners’ Association Regional Director of Policy and Public Affairs Douglas Chalmers and Great Yorkshire Show Director Bill Cowling.

Other panel members taking part are Jules Marley, from the Council for the Protection of Rural England, and Richmondshire District Council leader John Blackie.

The debate, which will start at 6pm, will be at The Cedar Court hotel in Harrogate. It 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 header line of your email.

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.