Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme
What is Leader?
Leader is part of the Rural Development Programme for
England (RDPE) and a mechanism to involve rural
communities in the development and implementation of a local
development strategy for the Yorkshire Dales.
The overall aim of the Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme is to
address the problems of rurality within the Yorkshire Dales through
building a sustainable community and economy that capitalises on
the areas internationally recognised environment, landscape,
culture and heritage.
The LEADER Programme for the Yorkshire Dales is proposing 9
Priority Investment Themes in order to achieve this aim. These
Priorities have been derived from:
- The strength of its community but the need to address
problems of rurality and accessibility to services.
- The potential of the Yorkshire Dales to capitalised on
its outstanding and internationally recognised environment, culture
- The need to address the weaknesses within the Yorkshire
Dales economy and encourage appropriate growth.
What has happened so far?
A multi-agency Steering Group submitted an Expression of
Interest in October 2007 and is consulting on the development of a
Stage 2 application which if successful would give access to
European Union funding for rural regeneration activity.
What happens next?
The Steering Group will develop into a Local Action Group
(LAG) with at least 50% membership from private and voluntary and
The LAG will develop the Local Development Strategy and Stage
2 application by July 2008.
Why should you attend a Leader event?
It is vital that communities at a local level are involved in
selecting and prioritising activities in their area, this is your
opportunity to have your say, be heard and shape future
regeneration in your community. There are 9
initial themes under which activities can take place and we
need your views on whether these are right, what is missing, what's
already happening, and what types of activities could be
Who should attend?
Residents and Citizens, Businesses, Farmers and Enterprises,
Voluntary and Community Groups, Young Farmers, WI, Village Halls,
etc., Cultural and Heritage Organisations, Environmental
Associations, Community Leaders, Service Providers, any individual
or organisation who has an interest in contributing to the rural
economic and social development of their community.
When are the Leader Community Consultation events
Leader community consultation events are taking place
- 2nd June - Settle Victoria Hall -
24 Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9DX - 6.30pm -
- 5th June - Middleham Key Centre - Parklane,
Middleham, North Yorkshire, DL9 4RA - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
- 11th June - Nidderdale High School - Low Wath Road,
Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
If you know of any group or individual who would be interested
in attending please let them know that they are welcome to attend.
It would be helpful if you would confirm your attendance at an
For further information and to confirm your attendance at an
event please contact:
Richmondshire Council for Voluntary
6 Flints Terrace
Tel: 01748 822537