Published: 26th Jun 2020

A cross-party group of 21 councils from has formed a new network to promote the voice of the countryside in the climate change debate. The Countryside Climate Network​ has been established ‘to ensure that the voice of rural knowledge and experience on climate action is listened to in Westminster’. And it wants the government’s delayed £100bn infrastructure fund ‘to support the ambitions of rural areas and the opportunities our countryside and green infrastructure can provide’. The group is chaired by the ​Conservative leader of Cambridgeshire County Council​, Cllr Steve Count, who said: ‘From Cornwall to County Durham we have decided to take a stand. We’re frustrated that climate solutions and green recovery packages haven’t found the right balance, largely missing the rural voice. ‘It can be hard to meet our sustainable ambitions when urban areas have no need to fund essential bus services to remote communities or invest in broadband … (To read the full article, subscribe below)