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Rural Matters - have your say

Published: Fri, 26 Feb 2016
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Pictured are Kate Clifford, Rural Community Network, Siobhan McCauley, & Sinead Collins, NIHE and Aidan Campbell, Rural Community Network
Rural Consultation Launch
Rural dwellers of Northern Ireland are invited to have their say about our Rural Housing Policy.
The consultation is open until 21 March 2016 and any person or organisation with an interest in rural life in Northern Ireland is encouraged to contribute.
Of our homes, 14% are located in rural areas and as part of our rural housing policy review, we have proposed action under five key areas which we believe will contribute positively to sustaining a vibrant, thriving rural community.
We want to hear views on the provision of affordable housing, the improvement of rural homes and fuel poverty, support given to vulnerable people to live independently at home, developing safe, cohesive rural neighbourhoods and assisting rural development.
Sinead Collins, Rural Co-ordinator, said:
“The Northern Ireland countryside is one of our greatest assets, renowned world-wide. We want to make sure this is protected and enhanced but at the same time ensure those who live there are given all the necessary support to do so in a sustainable way.
“It is vital every person and organisation with a stake in rural NI takes this opportunity to ‘have their say’ on our Rural Housing Policy.”
Aidan Campbell, Policy Officer for Rural Community Network, commented:
“If we want young people to stay in, or come back to, rural communities then they need homes to live in, work that pays and access to services. We know housing affordability is a big issue and RCN is particularly keen that social housing continues to be provided in rural areas so young people are not excluded from rural communities. I would encourage rural dwellers and anyone with an interest in the sustainability of rural communities to get involved in this consultation.”
A copy of the policy is available online or by contacting the Rural Unit on 03448 920 900.
Community consultation events are being held on:
  • 2 March: Irvinestown
  • 7 March: Loughgiel
  • 8 March: Annsborough
  • 11 March: Cookstown
For further information and to book a place at one of the consultation events contact the Rural Community Network on 028 8676 6670.