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Coastal Path Update

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Coastal Path Update
Natural England has produced an update on coastal path activity in England and is advertising site meetings to be carried out in the next few weeks.
 
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Coastal path update 
 

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£5bn boost to mobile phone service is welcome but more needs to be done

Thursday, 18 December 2014

A £5bn investment in the UK’s mobile phone coverage by the four network operators will mean a big boost to rural reception, says the Countryside Alliance.
The landmark deal, announced today (18 December), will guarantee call and text coverage on all networks across 90 per cent of the UK’s geographical area by 2017, and coverage including internet access to 85 per cent by the same date.

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Don't fund anti-hunt thugs, boycott LUSH

Friday, 12 December 2014

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: The cosmetics company LUSH has become a high street staple selling soap and smelly stuff from 105 shops across the UK and Ireland, as well as online. It is keen to promote its 'ethical' and campaigning image and, whilst the majority of its policies and the campaigns it supports are mainstream and harmless, dark secrets lurk in the background. From the point of view of Countryside Alliance members and supporters the most obvious of those is LUSH's support for the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) a nasty organisation with a violent history and equally unpleasant present. Thankfully the HSA's membership is tiny, and much diminished from its peak period of anarchy in the 80s and early 90s but that is no excuse for funding a campaign of harassment by violent and unpleasant extremists, which is exactly what LUSH does.

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Allan Ellis, who shot himself

Alliance calls for resignation of Cllr over distasteful comments

Friday, 12 December 2014

The Countryside Alliance has today (12 December) written to Ryedale District Council in North Yorkshire, demanding the immediate resignation of Cllr Tommy Woodward over highly distasteful comments he made about the suicide of a Lancashire man. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Alliance, wrote to the Leader of the Liberal Group on Ryedale District Council, Cllr John Clark, to say that Cllr Woodward is totally unfit for public office and should resign his place on the council. He also has written to the leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party Steve Radford and the chief executive of Ryedale District Council, Janet Waggot.

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Dropped hunting case - staghunters awarded full costs

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A District Judge in Yeovil yesterday awarded full costs to three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (DSSH) who had charges brought against them based on allegations made by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against DSSH’s huntsman Donald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood in November when it became clear that there was no prospect of a successful prosecution.

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Take part in Home Office firearms consultation

Thursday, 4 December 2014

ShootingUK reports: "Proposed increases to the cost of shotgun and firearm certificates for 2015 are being put to the public for consultation, the Home Office has announced. Suggested changes to firearms licence fees have been put forward by an all party working group that has been liaising with representatives of the shooting community and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The figures are based on the group’s analysis of the costs of administering the licensing system and include increasing the fee payable on the grant of a shotgun certificate from from £50 to £79.50, and on the grant of a firearm certificate from £50 to £88." Read more here. The Countryside Alliance encourages all interested parties to take part in this consultation, which closes on 29th December - the Home Office has published an online survey which is available here.

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Join our campaign - take action on broadband

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Countryside Alliance has teamed up with the technology company Actual Experience and its BbFix Project, which aims to improve the experience of using the internet for consumers all over the world. Supporters are asked to download the BbFix software which will identify problems with broadband and diagnose the cause of that problem, whether it's your service provider, the website being visited or a problem with your home or office, for example a poorly sited wifi router, thick walls or a problem with your computer. Download the software here. A diagnosis will be available within a few weeks. It is interesting to note that 100% of government broadband funding goes to improving local infrastructure, yet infrastructure only accounts for 30% of problems.

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