Five point plan for rural communities created by Lewes MP

Rodmell village
Rodmell village

Rural post offices, pubs and rail services should be protected to ensure the vitality of these communities, Lewes MP Norman Baker has said.

He explained he would be pushing for better access to services for rural communities in a five point plan.

This includes strengthening support for post offices and pubs.

He said the Government should give post offices more business and called for post offices to be protected with “community” status as has recently taken place in Ditchling.

Planning laws should be strengthened to stop pubs being lost and converted into housing, he added.

And he wanted East Sussex County Council to abandon the bus service cuts to the villages.

Mr Baker called for rail services to country stations like Plumpton, Cooksbridge, Glynde and Berwick to be safeguarded or improved, especially at Cooksbridge.

Fast-speed broadband should be rolled out to all villages by the end of 2015, with very poorly served areas like Rodmell given priority.

He wanted a fair deal for farmers, with less bureaucracy, and a fairer deal for them from supermarkets.

Mr Baker said: “People in rural areas are entitled to proper services just like anyone else, but sometimes, as with broadband, they get left behind, which also affects local businesses badly. I want a fair deal for our rural areas.”