COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE BRIEFING NOTE Environment Bill House of Commons, Westminster Hall Debate Monday 28 October 2019 The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Environment Bill and supports the Government’s aims and ambitions set out in the legislation. Nevertheless, we believe that in certain key areas the Environment Bill could be substantially improved, and our position is set out below. We would like to see the Environment Bill strengthened in terms of: The environmental principles The ability to hold the Government to the environmental targets set. Greater independence for the Office of Environmental Protection and stronger enforcement powers. Greater powers to tackle fly-tipping and protection for landowners. Recognition that revoking abstraction licences without compensation could have very serious consequences for farmers. Read the full briefing note here.