Ravenstonedale Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

Ravenstonedale Parish Council. Big Society in Cumbria

Extract from the blog of Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Local Democracy.

Cumbrian Big Society is no grand ideological project – we would not want it to be. Nor is it the only answer to our nation’s ills. But if we set these communities free; many services now threatened could be saved; projects which now look impossible – such as superfast rural broadband – could happen quickly. The value of what we create may go beyond service delivery and liberate a community’s imagination and pride.