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WHITE PAPER TO ADDRESS RURAL ISSUES

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The government's white paper on the countryside will address economic as well as environmental issues, environment ...
The government's white paper on the countryside will address economic as well as environmental issues, environment secretary John Gummer told delegates at the Association of County Councils annual conference in Leicester.

In an address which largely ignored the more immediate concerns of the local government review and the spending settlement, Mr Gummer outlined how the government intended to give more weight to rural concerns.

He acknowledged that urban authorities, and those closer to London, were generally more successful in putting over their views.

And he said there was an increasing tendency for rural policy-makers to adopt 'a museum-like approach' which was inappropriate.

'The countryside is a work place, somewhere where people must earn their living. We must not allow it to be damaged by people who earn their money elsewhere,' he said.

Mr Gummer said it was the tension between sustainability and development which needed to be resolved.

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