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Thursday 10 November 2011



Cllr. Brian Silvester has been re-elected at the  top of the poll of the 27 Conservative Councillors elected to the Rural Policy Review Group of the Rural Commission of the Local Government Association, of which he is also a member. (See below the official remit of these bodies)

Cllr Silvester said, "I am delighted to be re-elected. Cheshire East is predominantly rural, covering over 450 square miles and it is important that we have a voice on the national stage to lobby Ministers and the Government on the important rural issues that concern our local residents.

These issues include rural transport, rural broadband, rural education, farming issues, rural jobs, Government funding, rural affordable housing and planning issues. Cheshire East is one of the biggest Councils in the country and it it important that we punch our weight on the national scene to ensure that our rural residents get the best deal possible. I will do my utmost to successfully lobby for the interests of our rural residents at the national level."

The official remit of the two bodies is :-

The Rural Commission provides the forum within the LGA for member authorities with an interest in rural affairs. The Rural Commission acts in a way that complements the principles of the LGA as a whole.

The purpose of the Commission is to:

  • provide the forum in which rural authorities can discuss matters of common concern and exchange good practice and experience.
  • assist the LGA take into account the needs, priorities and aspirations of rural authorities in formulating and promoting its policies;
  • help the LGA to promote the role and interests of rural authorities and the ability of those authorities to meet the needs of the communities they serve

The Rural Policy Review Group, on behalf of the Rural Commission, fulfills the role of sounding board for policy development and review on rural issues.

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