Britain’s countryside was created and is characterised by its strong rural communities, and the Countryside Alliance is campaigning hard to ensure their future. Any number of issues threaten their survival, and we lobby to ensure that any legislation passed promotes a sustainable countryside for both those who live in rural areas and those who visit them. In this section you can read about various topical issues of interest to rural communities from policing to broadband, 4G, planning and affordable housing.
Monday, 18 August 2014
Rural communities in the west of Suffolk will see the first wave of special constables mounted on horseback patrolling the countryside to combat crime, the East Anglian Daily Times reported on 18th August 2014. Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore, who is spearheading the plan, said the horseback specials will provide reassurances to rural communities, help prevent crime by using their local knowledge to access areas deemed inaccessible to police patrol cars and improve the force’s intelligence picture.Read more
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The Countryside Alliance welcomes a report into mobile phone call quality that was published by Ofcom today (12 August 2014).
Monday, 11 August 2014
Criminals are turning their attentions to the countryside because they are less likely to get caught, the new NFU Mutual Rural Crime Survey 2013 suggests.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
If we want to tackle rural crime then we all need to work together by ensuring all incidents are reported which will ensure the Police are able to target their resources efficiently. Reporting rural crime can be done in a number of ways:
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
The Home Office has awarded almost £40,000 to the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) which will look at innovative ways to reduce crime in rural areas, provide information and support for rural communities and share best practice.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
A study for Ofcom has revealed today (22 July) that good mobile phone reception and the ability to use your phone or tablet to access the internet are essential to modern rural life.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
The Countryside Alliance is among a powerful coalition of equine welfare charities and countryside organisations that has welcomed a parliamentary debate of solutions to the illegal fly grazing of horses through a Private Members Bill which was launched in the House of Commons on Tuesday (15 July).
Friday, 4 July 2014
The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) has now been formally set up and has the support of 28 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). It is being chaired by the PCC from North Yorkshire, Julie Mulligan, and the Vice-Chair is Tim Passmore, PCC for Suffolk. The constitution allows six PCCs on the executive committee and four non PCC representatives. The Countryside Alliance is sitting on the Executive Committee as one of the four non PCC representatives. Over the summer we will be compiling a list of rural crime priorities which will shape the work programme of the Network. Fly-grazing, heritage crime and general anti-social behaviour are on that list and we would welcome your suggestions too. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org raising any issues you feel the National Rural Crime Network should be prioritising.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
There is now widespread recognition of a growing horse crisis in Britain. In particular the problem caused to owners of land by the fly grazing of horses. Not only is this potentially hugely expensive for those whose land is used for illegal grazing but it is also extremely damaging in terms of horse welfare. There is now agreement across a wide range of organisations including World Horse Welfare, the British Horse Society, NFU, CLA, RSPCA and the Countryside Alliance that action needs to be taken and various changes made to the law which would make it easier to tackle this problem in a way which protects horse welfare and reduces the cost to land owners and local authorities. So far DEFRA have argued that the existing law is adequate. We do not agree and the recent Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014 is already showing what could be achieved in England. Read on to find out how you can help.Read more
Saturday, 21 June 2014
It was reported by the BBC on 21st June that "Mobile phone operators could be made to share their networks in rural areas of the UK where signals are weak under plans being considered by ministers. Some parts of rural Britain have just one or two of the main mobile phone networks available, or none at all, leaving some people without any signal.It is hoped so-called national roaming could be used to plug blackspots." Read the full story here. The Countryside Alliance has called for national roadming as one of several measures that could offer a fairer deal for mobile users in the countryside who pay the same as their urban counterparts but are hugely disadvantaged by poor service. Read our "Sick of no signal" report here.