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Plan to attract and retain young people in the Dales

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Published by May Norman at 7:57am 14th February 2019.

Plans to attract young people to the Yorkshire Dales

  • Attempts to keep young people in the Dales are underway.
  • A fund of £100k has been earmarked for a plan which aims to reverse the trend of youngsters and families migrating away from the rural areas.
  • The Yorkshire Dales has 44 per cent fewer 16 to 34 year olds than the national average.
  • The project - which involves Craven District Council - will also look at how to attract people to the area.

An innovative action plan to attract – and retain – young people in the Dales has been given the go ahead.

The project – between the councils of Craven, Eden, Richmondshire and South Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales National Park – includes a range of practical steps to try to reverse the trend of young people and families migrating away from the rural areas.

Each will add £20,000 to a joint fund to kick start the plan.

Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock said:

“This is about attracting families to our districts as well as keeping them.

“Each partner authority will lead on specific actions and inject £20,000 into the joint £100,000 fund to deliver this. In Richmondshire we will be looking at community led and self build housing, improving digital communications and strengthening services in the main Dales settlements. We will also explore how we can create and retain more jobs.

“This will add to work we are already doing to keep Richmondshire vibrant and attractive to live and work.”

A major research study carried out last year revealed the Yorkshire Dales area has a staggering 44 per cent fewer 16 to 34 year olds than the national average.

Feasibility work on the actions in the plan will be funded through the £100,000 pot with officer time also allocated by the partner authorities.

It is also expected that the neighbouring county councils of North Yorkshire and Cumbria will also be involved.

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