Fifers urged to help shape manifesto for rural Scotland

Fifers are being invited to help create a manifesto for rural Scotland.
Fifers are being invited to help create a manifesto for rural Scotland.
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People in Fife are being invited to have their say on matters affecting rural communities.

Scottish Rural Action is aiming to hold the country’s biggest ever conversation on rural issues this year with a campaign to write a manifesto for rural Scotland.

Events are being held all across rural Scotland and are planned for places as far apart as Shetland to the Borders, Isle of Eigg to Angus.

There are a couple of events in Fife:

• Oakley Centre, Station Road, Oakley, KY12 9QF; on Tuesday, May 10, 6.30pm-8.30pm. To attend, please register here.

• County Buildings Cupar, St Catherine St, Cupar, KY15 4HH; on Wednesday, May 11, 6.30pm-8.30pm. To attend, please register here.

Alternatively, people are invited to take part in the online survey.

The campaign will culminate with debates on the manifesto at the Scottish Rural Parliament in October 2016, before participants vote to adopt the document.

Scottish Rural Action will use the final manifesto to promote the views of rural communities throughout Scotland to decision-makers at all levels of government.

Amanda Burgauer, who chairs Scottish Rural Action, said: “The manifesto will bring together the views and ambitions of people from all parts of rural Scotland and be a powerful tool for change.

“We are being supported by partners to deliver our ambition of holding the biggest ever conversation on rural issues, and collating information from many sources to write a manifesto which reflects the real needs of all of the people who live in our diverse rural communities.”

Scottish Rural Action is also inviting people to host events, as well as taking part online and attending events already organised. Details of more events can be found on the website of the Scottish Rural Parliament Scottish Rural Parliament.