The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today set out a package of measures to help rural areas thrive.
The party’s ‘Countryside Charter’ will create thousands of new jobs and ensure people living in rural areas have access to the facilities they need to prosper.
The Charter includes measures to improve high speed internet provision in rural areas, keep local services open and secure the future of the farming industry.
The Countryside Charter includes plans to:
- Close the gap between urban and rural areas in high speed broadband and internet provision
- Give rural firms the transport infrastructure they need to grow and compete in global markets
- Secure the future of the farming industry
- Fight to secure the long-term future of Welsh Young Farmers’ Clubs
- Keep essential local services and facilities open
- Boost rural tourism
- Help rural businesses grow and expand by continuing to improve the planning system
- Prioritise rural housing
- Help young people in rural areas develop their skills
- Support our fishing communities
Roger Williams, the Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire said:
“Rural areas play a large part in Britain’s economy with the rural economy worth £210bn. The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to unlock this potential so rural areas can thrive.
“In order to prosper, rural areas need good local services, appropriate infrastructure and more housing.
“It is vitally important that all parts of Wales, urban and rural, benefit from the economic recovery. For that to happen, Wales needs an economic plan which recognises the specific challenges and opportunities in rural areas.
“Only the Welsh Liberal Democrats will create a stronger economy and fairer society where everyone and every part of the UK can reach its full potential.”