Rural views sought

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Anyone interested in rural issues is invited to send in ideas for Scotland’s first Rural Parliament in November.

Parliament organisers, Scottish Rural Action (SRA) is asking for ideas for the themes to be debated and challenges and practical solutions the parliament should be addressing.

The association said research suggested priorities include transport, broadband, housing, deliveries, community confidence and changing populations. To put forward the suggestions visit


Welcoming the launch, Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead, said: “Rural Parliaments work well in other European countries, giving our rural communities and businesses a stronger voice in policy making and an opportunity to celebrate all that is good about living and working in rural areas. I would urge everyone across rural Scotland to take advantage of

the opportunity to be involved in shaping the agenda and themes of our nation’s very first Rural Parliament and make it a success.”