23 February 1998
Urban exodus squeezes countryside

RESEARCHERS at the University of Newcastle have found thousands of people are fleeing Englands cities every year to find a better life in the shires.

Their survey – the first of its kind – found 4,900 people every week head out of the cities, creating a weekly loss of 1,700 people from urban areas.

The survey, dubbed Urban Exodus, covered 68 metropolitan districts and London boroughs. It was carried out for the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). It demonstrated that the countryside is under “unsustainable” pressure.

Tony Burton, CPREs assistant director, said the Government needed to tackle the problem to relieve the pressure for new housing and roads in the countryside.

  • The Guardian 23/02/98 page 7