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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Chief Constable Simon Prince of Dyfed-Powys police is the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead on wildlife and rural crime. He has written exclusively for our Autumn magazine about rural crime and working together to tackle it through initiatives such as Farmwatch and via the National Rural Crime Network, of which the Countryside Alliance is a part. Read "Working together to bring down rural crime" here.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
The Countryside Alliance is working in coalition with a range of animal welfare and rural organisations trying to get the law changed on fly-grazing. A Private Members' Bill is currently on its way through the House of Commons and we urge you to use the below e-campaign to write to your MP, asking them to support this Bill and help solve this ongoing animal welfare crisis. Fly-grazing is the illegal grazing of horses on public or private land, and an estimated 3,000 horses have been abandoned in this way across England and Wales. It brings with it misery for farmers and landowners who have to deal with the abandoned horses, and misery too for the horses who are out in all weathers with no veterinary care or feed.Read more
Monday, 1 September 2014
The Countryside Alliance has joined forces with several other major rural and animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, the NFU and World Horse Welfare, to launch a landmark report into the horrors of fly-grazing ahead of a parliamentary committee discussion on the issue.Read more
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).