Approximately 75% of Hampshire is classified as rural and these areas are home to 300,000 people, 21.8% of the County’s total population.
Hampshire County Council provides a wide range of services which make a difference to residents’ lives on a daily basis. Alongside the Council’s long-term objectives for Hampshire, and our strategic plan for 2013-17, we also have a set of priorities to ensure the needs of our rural communities and businesses are met now and in the future.
We want to help communities address and resolve local challenges themselves, such as supporting older and vulnerable people, or responding to extreme weather events.
We want to support rural communities to tailor existing transport options (e.g.bus, minibus, volunteer drivers etc.) to better meet the needs of residents without cars.
We want to support volunteering and community-led initiatives in rural communities.
We want to support the provision of broadband and mobile communications in rural areas.
We want to support rural enterprises and forge strong links with Local Enterprise Partnerships and LEADER groups.
Cllr Edward Heron is the County Council’s ‘Rural Champion’. He is the Lead Member advising the Leader and Cabinet on rural affairs and issues affecting Hampshire’s rural communities and businesses.