Trust at forefront of rural policy

Prof Mark Shucksmith, left, with Patsy Healey and Frank Mansfield.
Prof Mark Shucksmith, left, with Patsy Healey and Frank Mansfield.

Glendale Gateway Trust has been praised for the way it has adapted to cope with the cuts in funding and other changes by one of the north’s leading thinkers in social renewal.

Prof Mark Shucksmith, director of the Institute for Social Renewal at Newcastle University, was speaking at the Trust’s agm last week. The Government has a clear agenda for a Northern Powerhouse, he said, and rural areas will have to make sure their voice is still heard in this debate.

Prof Shucksmith said he and a colleague had written a pamphlet on what’s missing in UK rural policy and had been invited to 10 Downing Street to discuss it. On the front page was a picture of Wooler – so the Trust is making a mark in the centre.

At the formal agm, Frank Mansfield took over from Patsy Healey as chairman. “Three years ago when Patsy became chairman, there were some who thought a quiet planning academic would mean we would have three years of talking with not a lot of action,” said Mr Mansfield. “Since then, among other things, the Cheviot Centre has been transformed, our housing stock has doubled and we have finally achieved financial stability.”