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Priority 4: Retaining access to essential services and facilities within rural areas to meet the needs of local residents and ensure sustainable communities, and working to retain the "Last Service in the Village" within remote rural areas.

Key activity for this priority has been:

Access to services

  • Over 40 face to face visits were undertaken to provide advice and support to village shops and post offices in rural Leicesershire.
  • A Big Society event was held attracting over 60 delegates, presentations were given by communities on examples of best practice including good neighbours schemes and community shops.
  • 2 Big Society Rural Advice sessions and an Annual Seminar were held, case studies and toolkits relating to aspects of the Big Society are now available on RCC website www.ruralcc.org.uk
  • A questionnaire to ascertain the needs of community centres has been undertaken.

Public and Community Transport

  • Work was carried out with Community Transport operators to identify a range of software solutions to improve booking and performance.
  • A Phase 1 Big lottery bid has been submitted by the Leicestershire and Rutland RCC for Community transport model based on good neighbours schemes. (awaiting outcome as to whether to procedd to further stage of application)

A case study illustrating the work of this priority area can be found here

A case study illustrating the work of this priority area can be found here

A case study illustrating the work of this priority area can be found here

A case study illustrating the work of this priority area can be found here