Communities and Business

Independent Shale Gas Report published

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The Government must protect the countryside and reassure the public over the exploration and development of shale oil and gas. Funding, oversight and research are needed to ensure that shale gas extraction does not cause irrevocable damage to the countryside and rural communities, says the Countryside Alliance. The Alliance has today (25 November) released an…

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Major review of UK digital communications

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes a major review of the UK’s digital communications markets, announced today (12 March) by Ofcom. Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “This review is the first in a decade. The Alliance has long been concerned that the current market creates a communications monopoly which is not good for competition…

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Fly Grazing – Can you help?

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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…

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The Alliance in the Telegraph: Rural postal service ‘under threat’

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On Monday 1st December, the Daily Telegraph reported” Britain’s postal service is under major threat in rural areas because private postal firms are cherry picking lucrative delivery contracts in towns and cities, campaigners have warned on Monday. They warned that “unfettered competition” was making threatening the universal postal service, which means that a letter or package…

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National Rural Crime Network (NRCN)

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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…

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Welcoming Ofcom’s review of the Universal Service Obligation

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Countryside Alliance welcomes Ofcom’s review of the sustainability of the Universal Service Obligation to ensure it does not become a victim of greater competition in the postal industry. The Countryside Alliance welcomes the review into the sustainability of the Universal Service Obligation, announced by Ofcom today (2 December), which will hopefully safeguard the six-day-a-week postal service…

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HS2 must demonstrate clear and outstanding benefits or should be scrapped

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Environmental Audit Committee’s recommendations in its report published today (7 April) and agrees that “everything possible is done to minimise damage to ancient woodlands and SSSIs by the HS2 high-speed rail line and that where loss is genuinely unavoidable, that compensation is applied to the fullest extent possible”.  However, we…

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