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Experts on rural issues across the country will come together at University Centre Shrewsbury later this month for a seminar exploring the challenges and opportunities of rural service delivery.

The Rural Places, Rural Challenges seminar is being organised by the Rural Services Network (RSN) and will take place at Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 10.15am to 2.45pm.

RSN is a consortium of over 100 English rural local authorities and a similar number of other public bodies in rural settings. It is dedicated to highlighting and tackling the additional costs and challenges of delivering services in rural areas.

There will be a range of speakers at the seminar including; Martin Collett, Operations Director at English Rural Housing Association; James Saunby, Independent Networks Cooperative Association & GreySky Consulting; Sheila Dee, Rail Officer at Chester-Shrewsbury Rail Partnership and Deb Watson from Public Health England.

Dr Fiona Williams, Geography Programme Leader at UCS and Rural Geography Research Group Committee Member, said: “We are delighted that UCS will host the Rural Places, Rural Challenges seminar, which will bring together some of the UK’s leading experts on rural service delivery, to discuss a range of topics including housing, broadband, community rail and health. By working with organisations such as the RSN, UCS aims to value, encourage and support the transfer of knowledge and technology into solutions that improve the quality of life in our society.”

Attendance at the event is free, but booking is essential. To reserve a place go to

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