Coun­try life is best for most

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

PEO­PLE liv­ing and work­ing in the coun­try­side are happy, healthy and value farm­ers’ con­tri­bu­tion to the qual­ity of life, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by the Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union (NFU). The coun­try­side sur­vey was de­signed to de­ter­mine lo­cal and na­tional is­sues af­fect­ing rural com­mu­ni­ties. Al­though 89 per cent were sat­is­fied with rural life, those re­spond­ing con­sid­ered is­sues like the clo­sure of lo­cal ser­vices, rural crime and fly-tip­ping as hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on their lives. The re­sults show 77 per cent reg­u­larly use their lo­cal Post Of­fices, agree­ing that it is es­sen­tial for the fu­ture of rural com­mu­ni­ties and that al­most 20 per cent had suf­fered from rural crime, with the south east be­ing the hard­est hit re­gion in Bri­tain. Re­spon­dents iden­ti­fied en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues to be of the high­est im­por­tance, with 80 per cent agree­ing farm­ers should be paid for im­prove­ments on their land. The con­clu­sion of the sur­vey was that rural com­mu­ni­ties must work to­gether to make the coun­try­side sus­tain­able for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and sup­port for NFU cam­paigns on is­sues like fly-tip­ping and cli­mate change should con­tinue in or­der to cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture.

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