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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.


Mobile roaming is welcome but is not the full solution, says Countryside Alliance

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.
Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to improving rural connectivity and we support its ongoing dialogue with the industry. The proposal to encourage infrastructure sharing is a positive step towards better coverage in the countryside and will ensure that rural communities are connected more quickly.

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Countryside Alliance calls on the Government to address fly-tipping blight

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.

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Approval of Control of Horses Bill is a great step forward for horse welfare

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.
The Bill, tabled by the Member of Parliament for York Outer Julian Sturdy, will now continue to Committee Stage, where it will be examined in detail by a panel of MPs.

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Chief Constable Simon Prince writes exclusively for our magazine on rural crime

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.

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We stand alongside charities calling for change on fly grazing

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.

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Mounted Police volunteers sought for rural Suffolk patrol

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.

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Rural mobile phone users less happy with service than those in urban areas

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes a report into mobile phone call quality that was published by Ofcom today (12 August 2014).
The report, based on independent research, shows that whilst 78% of those living in urban areas are satisfied with the service from their mobile phone network, this drops to 67% in rural areas. Those living in the countryside also experience a higher number of failed calls.

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Rural crime cost the economy £44.5m in 2013, survey shows

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.
Rural crime is at near record levels and is estimated to have cost the UK economy £44.5m in 2013, according to the survey which also reports that incidences of livestock theft are up by 25%.

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Reporting rural crime

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:
• Always dial 999 in an emergency• Suspicious incidents can be reported to the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101• You can also report information and intelligence to your local police station or community support officer• If you do not want to leave your name then call Crimestoppers on the 24-hour hotline 0800 555 111 or contact the charity using the on-line form at
With harvesting underway you may see an increase in unauthorised access to stubble fields by people intent on criminal activity. This may be for poaching, coursing, using the fields to access properties, raves etc. Please keep an eye open and report any suspicious activities to the police via the numbers above.

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National Rural Crime Network receives Home Office funding

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Home Office has awarded almost £40,000 to the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) which will look at innovative ways to reduce crime in rural areas, provide information and support for rural communities and share best practice.
The concept of a rural crime network was developed by the Rural Services Network (RSN), working alongside most of those Police and Crime Commissioners´╗┐ (PCCs) serving rural communities.

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