State of the countryside update: Market towns

posted by CRC | 3 February 2011 at 12:50 pm | Comments Off | from the category: Documents

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Shop on a high streetState of the countryside update focusing on Market towns.

Market towns are an important locus for many rural areas. They act as a hub for rural economic and service activity and are therefore at the centre of changes currently taking place in rural England.

However, towns are in some ways the ‘missing link’ in England’s policy landscape. The current rural and urban definition, upon which most government spatial analysis is based, omits the separate consideration of small, medium and large sized towns. This has meant that statistics have not tracked social and economic trends as they impact towns. Perhaps as a result, towns have been generally overlooked from both a research and policy perspective.

This State of the countryside update seeks to address this gap by studying a range of topics covering broad themes of population, services, business health, employment and deprivation. The analysis on which the report is based comes from work undertaken by the Rural Evidence Research Centre (RERC) at Birkbeck College, University of London on behalf of CRC.

This update confirms the importance of towns in the fabric and health of rural life.

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