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  • RSPCA drops final case against a huntWednesday, 18 March 2015
    The RSPCA has this week dropped its last prosecution of a hunt. The Society informed Will Bryer of the Cattistock's solicitor that it will not be pursuing its case.
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  • Rock the rural voteWednesday, 4 March 2015
    Take part in our e-lobby of parliamentary candidates ahead of May's General Election, asking for support for the Alliance's manifesto priorities from rural services to food & farming and wildlife management.
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  • Help us campaign on broadband
    Please take a few minutes to test your broadband and tell us your speed & provider so we can populate our #betterbroadband map and campaign effectively.
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Tim Bonner writes for Open Democracy

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner has written for the Open Democracy website. In "Lies, damn lies and hunting polls" Tim observes that "Whether the public support or oppose the hunting ban seems to depend very much on which question is asked, and who's asking the question." Read the article in full here.

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Protocol for rural bank closures welcomed by Countryside Alliance

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the announcement today (26 March), by the Business Secretary Vince Cable, that the major high street banks, consumer groups and the government have signed up to an agreement to work with customers and communities to minimise the impact of branch closures and put in place alternative banking services.

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Rural phone mast height subject of "nimbyism"?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

On Thursday 26th March the Daily Telegraph ran a story headlined "Government rules out taller masts to improve rural mobile coverage." The article reported "Calls by Britain’s mobile operators for planning restrictions to be relaxed so they can build taller masts that cover wider areas have been rejected by his (Culture Secretary Sajid Javid's) officials. Fears of Nimbyism trumped the desire to improve rural mobile signals, industry sources claim." Countryside Alliance Head of Policy Sarah Lee commented: "The Alliance has always believed that a change and simplification in planning laws could help improve mobile coverage in rural areas. We believe that mobile operators need to be able to deploy the most appropriate technology to deliver the best coverage.

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Air gun licensing is "unnecessary" and will not cut gun crime

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Scottish Parliament’s intention to continue towards licensing air weapons, despite evidence that such a move will do little to reduce crime whilst increasing police costs, is disappointing, says the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA). Yesterday (23 March) the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee published its report on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. It suggests that the estimated 500,000 air weapons held across Scotland should be licensed, despite a warning from the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents that licensing would be unwieldy and expensive.

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Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister writes for the Countryside Alliance's Spring magazine

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has written for our Spring magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Cameron's article appears in the magazine alongside articles by Labour Leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Demcrat Leader Nick Clegg - the articles outline each leader's views on the countryside and rural life. Mr Cameron writes: I am proud of our country’s rural identity - and my own rural heritage. Having been brought up in the beautiful village of Peasemore in Berkshire, the countryside is still the place I feel most at home. I’m based in London for most of the week, but feel a noticeable emotional shift when I arrive in West Oxfordshire each Friday. We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family: walking, running, gardening, cycling and riding.

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24 May - Foxcote Frolic - sign up to the sponsored ride or clay shoot

Sunday 24th May - The Foxcote Frolic, a fundraiser for The Countryside Alliance Foundation and WheelPower at the Foxcote Estate, Andoversford, Cheltenham GL54 4LL by kind permission of Mark and Rosie Vestey.  This family day out will feature sponsored rides, clay pigeon shooting competition, trade stands and catering by local hunts. There will also be a 3km cross country run (or walk) around the estate. Gates 9am, last ride 3pm. 

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Nick Clegg writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Clegg joins the Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in the magazine as each outlines his views on our countryside and the importance of those who live and work there. Mr Clegg writes: Rural Britain is what makes this country the envy of the world. From the beaches of St Ives to the rolling hills of Inverness, we are privileged to have on our doorsteps areas of outstanding natural beauty brimming with wildlife and warm communities who lift your heart whenever you visit. There is no doubt that the British countryside has provided wealth, health and happiness for generations of Brits and tourists.

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