Speaking at the Rural Framework Seminar at Battleby, Perthshire, Lord Sewel said:
'Rural development is about delivering for rural people exactly the same benefits and opportunities as are required by their urban
cousins - good jobs, good public services and a safe, healthy environment in which to live.
'One of the factors which will be crucial to the success of these strategies will be the extent to which they receive input from, and provide feedback to, local communities.
'I will be writing to the heads of the various government-sponsored
strategic bodies following this seminar, asking them to ensure that their people at a local level now engage in the preparation of development plans.
'The Scottish National Rural Partnership will also be issuing guidance to all of those involved on how these plans might be prepared and the
types of issues they might expect to cover.'
1.The government launched a consultation exercise on policies for rural Scotland in October 1997. Just over 180 replies were received to the consultation. In August 1998 the government's response to was launched under the title 'Towards a Development Strategy for Rural Scotland: The Framework'.
2.The purpose of the seminar is to take forward the work of the government's Framework Document Towards a Development Strategy
for Rural Scotland announced in August.
Contact: Robin Miller 0131 244 2703
News Release: 0029/99