In this episode, your host Susan Baty-Symes interviews John Blackie, a local councillor, entrepreneur and rural champion. John tells us what drew him to working as an independent councillor in the North Yorkshire Dales and championing causes dear to his heart.
The local creamery management buyout was his first mission and since then he has been involved in numerous projects, most recently helping to set up a community petrol station. His office is abuzz with calls from those needing advice and support, who know that John can be depended upon to roll up his sleeves and get involved. A true rural champion!