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.
Monday, 24 November 2014
The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Government Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee’s support for proposed changes in the law to tackle the illegal fly-grazing of horses.Read more
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it is taking further action to tackle mobile phone “not-spots” around the country. However we are concerned that a focus on promoting national roaming will not tackle the root problem – the need to reform regulations surrounding mobile phone infrastructure.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
The Countryside Alliance welcomes the annual release of fly-tipping figures from Defra today (30 October) which enables us to see the true picture of this problem. With a 20% increase of fly-tipping on public land last year, and a cost to the public purse that has increased by 24% to £45.2m, it is clearly time to put a stop to this crime.Read more
Friday, 24 October 2014
The Countryside Alliance welcomes the passing of the Control of Horses Bill at its second reading today (24 October) in the House of Commons, hailing it a great step forward for horse welfare and landowners’ rights.
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.
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: