Delegates were discussing proposals drawn up by an eight-strong, all-party task group led by Christine Reid (North Wiltshire DC). These will now be amended and presented to the LGA's policy and strategy committee on November 5 and the LGA's general assembly on December 17. 113 authorities have indicated that they may be interested in membership of the rural commission.
'We had a very lively debate at the meeting about the composition and structure of the rural commission,' said cllr Reid.
'The large gathering was, however, united in backing the establishment of the commission. Rural areas need their own representation in order to be able to articulate and publicise their specific needs to government and within Europe.