Council and business leaders have welcomed a Government announcement that Derbyshire will play a leading role in shaping policy which affects rural communities.
Fourteen groups across the country have been appointed to help shape countryside policy under the Government’s new rural and farming networks.
Among them is the Derbyshire Economic Partnership Rural Forum which includes representatives from Derbyshire County Council and district councils, businesses, and organisations including the National Union of Farmers, Natural England, and the Country Landowners Association.
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Vice Chairman of the Derbyshire Economic Partnership, said: “Our land based industry plays a key role in the Derbyshire economy. We work hard to support our rural sector which includes farming and countryside management which is an integral part of tourism and makes Derbyshire and its rural communities a destination of distinction.
“This is tremendous news because it provides a direct voice to influence Government policy which will affect their livelihood.
“With just 14 groups announced as gaining network status it shows the high regard in which Derbyshire’s partnership working is held.”
The networks will feed back local issues and concerns direct to Government from different areas of England.
They bring together people from rural communities, rural businesses, and food and farming industries to develop targeted policy.
The networks will also be a key point of contact in the event of local emergencies – such as flooding – giving information so that the right support can be provided.