Welcome to Rural Action Yorkshire

We can help you to make your rural community a better place to live and work in. Rural Action Yorkshire supports community groups to tackle new projects, keeps you informed about new developments and raises awareness of important issues affecting rural areas.

Whether you're interested in saving money on heating oil, learning about the Localism Act or getting the latest rural news, this website can give you the current picture and useful resources, guides and templates for you to use in your community.

2014 AGM - Saturday 11th October - "Safer, Healthier Communities"

The date is set and preparations are under way for this year's exciting AGM event, taking place at Kirk Deighton Village Hall. Click here for more information.

Rural Strategy for Yorkshire - feedback survey closed

In response to the ever-changing financial and policy environment in which we and the communities we serve operate, Rural Action Yorkshire has published a draft Rural Strategy which we hope reflects the current state of affairs in our area and which can be used to guide funding and policy decisions by a wide range of partners in the coming years. Over the last few weeks we have been running a survey to get your feedback on the document. The survey is now closed and we are now in the process of analysing the results and seeing how we can use them to improve the Strategy - watch this space for more developments later in the year. In the meantime you can still read the draft strategy here.


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Community-Led Planning (CLP) Written evidence of the opinions of the whole community is a powerful way to tackle issues, improve provision and help influence policy making by a range of organisations, from local planning authorities to police and health services. Community-Led Plans (also known as Parish Plans) are a tried and tested tool that is already being used by over 4000 parishes. In our region they are giving a voice to over 200 communities, who have used their plans to encourage community spirit and action and also help with funding bids. Rural Action Yorkshire's Community-Led Planning Service provides impartial advice and support and can guide you through the process from consultation, to implementation of your action plan. Rural Action Yorkshire is a member of ACRE (Action with Community in Rural England) and also part of the RCAN (Rural Communities Action Network), which enables us to deliver a level of service and expertise based on practical experience gained across the whole England. The relevance of community-led planning has been thrown into sharp relief by the Government's plans to create 'The Big Society'. Rural Action Yorkshire aims to ensure that rural issues and the ‘rural voice’ are heard, acknowledged and addressed by the decision and policy makers at all levels of government. Our work with communities means that we are well positioned to influence and advocate on current and future service provision. Government at national, regional and local levels, regularly issue policy statements which potentially will impact on rural Yorkshire.

Editor's Choice

  • Call for North Yorks rail line to fulfil potential - 27/08/2014 - 3:25pm

    The Esk Valley Community Rail Partnership has published a report in response to a recent Parliamentary enquiry into rural transport provision that calls for the Esk Valley line, which connects Middlesbrough to the coast at Whitby, to be designated as a 'Total Transport' pilot project from next year as part of an effort to see it fulfil its potential.

  • CONSULTATION: Latest series of planning regulation reforms - 20/08/2014 - 3:57pm

    The Government has published its latest set of proposed technical changes to planning law and regulations and is asking for responses to the proposals as part of a consultation process. The deadline for responses is 11:45pm on Friday 26 September 2014.

  • PRESS RELEASE: Heating oil customers urged to buy early and avoid high costs - 19/08/2014 - 2:55pm

    HEATING OIL users are being urged to purchase their winter supply now in order to get the best deal before prices rise during the cold season. 

  • Richmondshire Council to tackle "exodus" of young people from rural areas - 11/08/2014 - 10:02am

    The Leader of Richmondshire District Council, Cllr John Blackie, has warned that rural communities are becoming increasingly sustainable as young people and families "vote with their feet" and move to towns and cities where they find it easier to access vital services and find an affordable home. The council have pledged to lead a concerted year-long drive to tackle the problems facing rural communities and reverse the trend of people moving away.

  • Do more to improve rural transport, says House of Commons report - 11/08/2014 - 11:42am

    The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has published a new report which calls on the Government and local authorities to do more to address the transport problems faced by those living in isolated communities, including more support for traditional public transport services as well as the exploration of new ways of providing transport. It also describes as "unrealistic" government expectations that volunteer-led community transport can fill gaps in public transport provision.