VIDEO: Rural seminar held at Bishops Nympton parish hall
A rural seminar is being held today to bring community groups and organisations together to address local concerns and issues.
Opened by the leader of North Devon Council, Brian Greenslade, the event began at 10am in Bishops Nympton parish hall.
He was followed by David Worden, lead for rual services at North Devon Council, who touched on the importance of bringing the groups together to discuss problems and solutions facing people living in rural areas.
He said: "I am really pleased we have been able to this because as the lead member for rural services I have wanted this to happen for a long time.
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"It has been quite a difficult year for people living in rural areas."
Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg, was due to be the keynote speaker but was unable to attend due to a family bereavment.
Sue Howl, Chief Executive of Devon and Cornwall Police, attended in his absence to address the public on Mr Hogg's plans for rural policing in North Devon.
Mr Hogg had also sent along a DVD interview to be played at the seminar.
VIDEO: An interview with Tony Hogg which was played at the seminar today:
A second speech was given by Dan Bates from SPARSE regarding rural funding.
The day will continue with a number of soapbox sessions on the North Devon and Torridge local plan, broadband plans for the region, rural transport and localism in practice, among others.