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Welcoming Roseanna Cunningham to rural brief

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement that Roseanna Cunningham MSP has been appointed Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: The Scottish Government’s decisions on the implementation of Land Reform will be pivotal to continuance of business within the land and game management sector and to the…

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Standing up for the ‘final 5%’ on broadband

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Today saw a front page article in the Daily Telegraph about Government failings on connecting the ‘final 5%’ to superfast broadband and 4G . In a story entitled: “Ministers halt automatic broadband roll-out for rural families because ‘not everyone wants to be connected,’” Christopher Hope reported: ‘Instead fast broadband will only be provided in…

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Election results 2016 – Scotland and Wales

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Votes are still being counted from many of the elections that took place yesterday, but we now know the results for the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections. In Scotland, the SNP is just short of an overall majority at Holyrood with 63 seats, down six seats from the 2011 results. One of those loses…

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Police & Crime Commissioner Manifesto

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The Police & Crime Commissioner Elections were held on 5th May 2016. Ahead of it, the Countryside Alliance published a Rural Crime Manifesto (download it here) and called on PCCs to recognise that crime is a key issue for rural communities, saying it is essential that PCCs recognise that tackling crime and increasing police visibility is a priority for…

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Scottish Parliamentary Elections – our manifesto

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Elections to the Scottish Parliament took place on 5 May. The Countryside Alliance published its manifesto in April in order to put our rural priorities to candidates. The Scottish Parliament already has responsibility for healthcare, housing, policing and the environment. By the end of the next Parliament, it will have even greater powers which will make it one…

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Welsh Manifesto – top rural priorities

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The National Assembly for Wales Elections took place on 5 May. Ahead of the vote the Countryside Alliance launched its manifesto listing several key issues we would like to see addressed in the next assembly. Headline subjects are digital communications, food and farming, rural services, rural communities and countryside management – each with three calls for action…

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance at the party conferences

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The May elections in Scotland are fast approaching and the Scottish Countryside Alliance travelled to Edinburgh and Glasgow for the party conferences to discuss wildlife management and conservation. The SCA was the only organisation to host events about rural affairs at this year’s conferences and our meetings asked delegates from the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and…

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Dragon’s Tale – February 2016

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Welcome to Dragon’s Tale brought to you by your Director for Wales, Rachel Evans Spring is in the air, the nights are drawing out and the political party conferences are in full swing. I launched our Manifesto ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections which has had a great response to date. Our Wales award winners…

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The CA at the Welsh Party Conferences

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Party conference season is underway in Wales and the Countryside Alliance has already hosted fringe events at the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Welsh Labour conferences on sustainable access to land and water. Assembly Members, candidates and stakeholders discussed whether more public access is needed in Wales or whether the Welsh Government should make better use…

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Rural communities are being left behind as crucial services dwindle

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People living in the Welsh countryside are being put at a disadvantage, the Countryside Alliance claims, after a poll revealed they are losing access to important services. Of rural people polled, 35% have lost a Post Office in the past five years and 32% a local bank, the polling carried out by YouGov for the…

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Welsh Rural Oscar winners revealed

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The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka “Rural Oscars”) were presented to the cream of Welsh rural enterprise at The Senedd, on Tuesday 9 February. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. The Welsh champions were presented with red plaques at the prestigious Cardiff…

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