A fair share for rural areas

From the left, Pat Glass MP, Tessa Munt MP, Nigel Evans MP, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Graham Stuart MP, Simon Hart MP and Rory Stewart MP.
From the left, Pat Glass MP, Tessa Munt MP, Nigel Evans MP, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Graham Stuart MP, Simon Hart MP and Rory Stewart MP.

FAIRER funding for rural areas such as Ribble Valley was the focus of a Downing Street meeting involving local MP Nigel Evans and Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Evans was part of a cross-party delegation of MPs who represent rural constituencies to attend the top level meeting at Number 10.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Evans said: “It is important that the voice of rural communities is heard and that there is an appreciation at the highest levels of government of the issues that affect areas such as the Ribble Valley.

“I specifically raised the issue of the funding for the Little Green bus and rural broadband with the Prime Minister. The key thing is to provide infrastructure so that, in the case of transport, a flexible service is provided to ensure that elderly people in particular do not feel isolated.

“Superfast broadband is crucial for the competitiveness of businesses and there is no reason why rural areas should be left behind. Once again, the important thing is to provide a viable infrastructure that puts rural areas on an even playing field with towns and cities.”