Suffolk: Housing and broadband major concerns – Suffolk ACRE

A LACK of community involvement, poor broadband and insufficient affordable homes are some of the key concerns in rural Suffolk according to the review published today.

Suffolk ACRE conducted the survey saw an 84% response rate from the county’s 413 parish and town councils with a population of less than 10,000.

The survey suggests that more self-help initiatives and community-owned enterprises could have a large and important role to play in sustaining Suffolk’s villages.

Dr Wil Gibson, Chief Executive of Suffolk ACRE said: “Suffolk ACRE continues to use its expertise to support and empower communities to develop community enterprises and maintain key services.

“The community run Public House the Battisford Punchbowl is one such example of a community getting together to realise their local need.

“Community owned shops continue to expand with growth in sales rising well above that of major supermarkets and Elmswell is another village where different groups in the community have come together to fund and build a new extension to the Community Centre specifically to benefit younger people in the parish.”

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