Rural stakeholders are being invited to help shape a new agenda for the countryside
The Rural Services Network (RSN) is conducting a survey in partnership with community interest company Rural England and researchers from Gloucestershire University. 
As the national champion for rural services, RSN is fighting for a fair deal so rural communities remain socially and economically viable for the benefit of the whole nation.  They ask that you complete this survey individually and that only people aged 15 or over complete the survey.  If there is more than one person in your household, please encourage them to also complete the survey.  As a thank you for completing the survey, RSN are kindly offering an Amazon voucher worth £10 each to 10 lucky respondents chosen at random.  The survey will close on 23rd July.  The results from the survey will be available on RSN’s website and in their policy briefings. 

Do you want to expand your group’s provision and make your community feel more connected, happier and healthier?
Then starting cycling could be the answer!  Cycling UK in the North East want to hear from established groups who are willing to be trained and supported to deliver their own cycling activities.  They can work with a variety of organisations including community groups, education establishments and workplaces.  Your group’s activity can be anything cycling related; from family rides or a work bike train to bike maintenance or an off-road club, even an art based project involving bikes!
There’s no minimum experience needed, all you need is a commitment from your group to get the community cycling.  In fact, Cycling UK in the North East would love to hear from groups that haven’t done any cycling before but want to start.  For example, you could be a health group seeking entry level exercise, a family group wanting an activity both young and old can join in or an employability centre helping people to access more opportunities.
North-East Development Officer, Andrew, will work closely with your group to plan and set out the steps to deliver your new cycling activities.  Andrew will identify your needs, get your staff/ volunteers trained up, advise on purchasing training and equipment.  He will link your group into other local opportunities and work to secure funding for your group’s activities.  Successful Community Clubs will also be eligible for a grant to purchase anything they might need, including equipment and training.
If you want to get your community pedalling then get in touch with Andrew for a chat on 07831 863770 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you a community hub, community sports organisation or delivering community health and social care?
If so, why not take part in the survey below to support SERIO’s research into the success factors for these sectors.  Following the online survey, five community businesses from each sector will be selected to develop a series of case studies, and receive £500 from Power to Change.

Please take part in the relevant survey below, and if you have any questions please contact SERIO on 01752 588942 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Health & Wellbeing Survey 

Sports & Leisure Survey

Community Hub Survey

Northumberland County Council has withdrawn the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy from Government and to carry out a review of some aspects of the document.

The review will look to further protect Green Belt land and prevent a development “free for all” in the future.  A motion to full council asking for a full review of the housing and employment numbers and strategic land use allocations within the draft Core Strategy was carried by 39 votes to 22.

Coun Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “While we believe the vast majority of the plan is fine, information currently available, and anticipated for release by the Government later this year, suggests to us that the requirement for housing in our County may very well not be as high as has been proposed previously.

“We want to use this information from Government and take into full account the latest regional plan in the form of the NE Strategic Economic Plan, to review the need to build on acres of Green Belt land.

“Ultimately we want to improve control of development within our County, not create a free for all which encroaches on our Green Belt.”

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