Action plan to attract and retain young people to Yorkshire Dales gets go ahead

Young fell race participants at Muker Show. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

An action plan to attract – and retain – young people in the Dales has been given the go ahead by Richmondshire district councillors.

Members of the authority’s corporate board last night agreed to add £20,000 to a joint fund to kick start the plan.

The initiative – between the councils of Richmondshire, Craven, Eden 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.

“This is about attracting families to our districts as well as keeping them,” said council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“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.”

She said 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 hoped that the neighbouring county councils of North Yorkshire and Cumbria will also be involved.