- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:08:58 +0000 £5bn boost to mobile phone service is welcome but more needs to be done http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-mobile-and-broadband/5bn-boost-to-mobile-phone-service-is-welcome-but-more-needs-to-be-done http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-mobile-and-broadband/5bn-boost-to-mobile-phone-service-is-welcome-but-more-needs-to-be-done Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:08:57 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Mobile and Broadband 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. Coastal Path Update http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/ca-news/coastal-path-update http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/ca-news/coastal-path-update Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:19:02 +0000 Countryside Alliance CA News 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.   To see the full details, please click on the PDF link below.   Coastal path update    Alliance calls for resignation of Cllr over distasteful comments http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/alliance-calls-for-resignation-of-cllr-over-distasteful-comments http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/alliance-calls-for-resignation-of-cllr-over-distasteful-comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:16:46 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting 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. Don't fund anti-hunt thugs, boycott LUSH http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/dont-fund-anti-hunt-thugs-boycott-lush http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/dont-fund-anti-hunt-thugs-boycott-lush Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:14:41 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting 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. Dropped hunting case - staghunters awarded full costs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/dropped-hunting-case-staghunters-awarded-full-costs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/dropped-hunting-case-staghunters-awarded-full-costs Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:39:28 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting 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. Join our campaign - take action on broadband http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-mobile-and-broadband/join-our-campaign-take-action-on-broadband http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-mobile-and-broadband/join-our-campaign-take-action-on-broadband Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:27:16 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Mobile and Broadband 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. Buy your "Still here, still hunting"badge http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/buy-your-still-here-still-huntingbadge http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/buy-your-still-here-still-huntingbadge Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:05:30 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Hunting We have launched a new bespoke metal badge which signifies that ten years on from the enforcement of the Hunting Act, hunts have not folded and have adapted to find new ways to hunt within the confines of the current legislation. This badge is a celebration of hunting and signifies the strength of this great tradition that will hopefully continue to thrive for many more years to come. Take part in Home Office firearms consultation http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/take-part-in-home-office-firearms-consultation http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/take-part-in-home-office-firearms-consultation Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:03:46 +0000 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting 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. Radical' Scottish land reform announced http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/radical-scottish-land-reform-announced http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/radical-scottish-land-reform-announced Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:55:27 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance is disappointed that newly appointed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen her first key note presentation to introduce series of radical reforms that could see the scrapping of deer stalking and sporting tax exemptions. Ms Sturgeon said the ending rates exemptions for shooting and deerstalking estates, "put in place by the Tories in 1994 to protect the interests of major landowners", would pay for an increase in the fund which supports community land ownership from £3m to £10m a year. Threats on the further licensing of Game shooting http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/threats-on-the-further-licensing-of-game-shooting http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/threats-on-the-further-licensing-of-game-shooting Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:00:21 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A MOTION to tackle raptor persecution by regulating the shooting industry was passed at the annual SNP conference. SNP councillor Jennifer Dunn brought forward a motion, saying that if the persecution of birds of prey could not be stopped voluntarily, the Scottish government must act by licensing the shooting industry. The Champions of Champions scheme in the media http://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/ca-awards-news/the-champions-of-champions-scheme-in-the-media http://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/ca-awards-news/the-champions-of-champions-scheme-in-the-media Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:13:06 +0000 Countryside Alliance Awards CA Awards News Wiltshire Gazette & Herald: Nettleton Post Office sends plea for votes Craven Herald & Pioneer: Broughton Hall in running for 'champion of champions' award Harrogate Advertiser: Pateley butchers in the running for top award Farming Life: Back Nolans of Kilcullen as they aim to be Champion of Champions! South Wales Guardian: Cwmcerrig in running for Welsh Champion of Champions prize Surrey Mirror: The Jolly Farmers needs your vote to scoop top award in "rural oscars" Sheffield Telegraph: Clegg backs ‘Oscar’ for dairy Blackmore Vale Magazine: Ludwell and Chalke Valley stores to compete in Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars Champion of Champions Welsh Country: Andrew J Rees & Son nominated for The Countryside Alliance Champion of Champions Award Western Daily Press: Best village shop? West stores feature in Rural Oscars Harrogate News: Andrew Jones MP backs local business in ‘Rural Oscars’ Northumberland Gazette: Long-running village shop needs support  Tewkesbury Admag: Villages compete to be top of the shops Redditch & Alcester Advertiser: Vote for Feckenham Village Shop to be crowned Champion of Champions at Rural Oscars Newcastle Journal: Longframlington shop hoping to be crowned 'champion of champions' Karen Lumley MP: Vote For Feckenham Village Shop at Rural Oscars      Views Sought on Scotland's Wild Fisheries Review http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/views-sought-on-scotlands-wild-fisheries-review- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/views-sought-on-scotlands-wild-fisheries-review- Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:30:58 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Over the last 60 years there have been many reviews that have highlighted important issues that need to be addressed in the management of Scotland’s wild fisheries (salmon and freshwater fisheries). However, limited real change has been delivered and, as confirmed in an independent recent baseline report for the Scottish Government, the existing wild fisheries management system is not fit for purpose in the 21st century. Plans to increase powers for the Scottish SPCA are flawed, says SCA http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/plans-to-increase-powers-for-the-scottish-spca-are-flawed-says-sca http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/plans-to-increase-powers-for-the-scottish-spca-are-flawed-says-sca Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:52:15 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Granting increased investigatory powers to the Scottish SPCA would create a conflict between its campaigning and prosecution roles that could damage public confidence in wildlife crimes investigations, the Crown Office and Procurators Fiscals Service (COPFS) has said. This view is shared by the Police Service of Scotland and the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA). Figures show small rise in Scottish wildlife crime during 2013 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/figures-show-small-rise-in-scottish-wildlife-crime-during-2013 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/figures-show-small-rise-in-scottish-wildlife-crime-during-2013 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:34:51 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Figures published by the Scottish Government showed there were 319 wildlife crime incidents recorded in 2012-13, up from 307 the previous year. Although the report concluded that levels of wildlife crime in Scotland remained static in the last five years. Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse stated: "I remain unsympathetic to those who believe that crimes against wildlife are of little consequence and can somehow be justified." Report shows a marginal increase in Scottish wildlife crime in 2013 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/report-shows-a-marginal-increase-in-scottish-wildlife-crime-in-2013 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/report-shows-a-marginal-increase-in-scottish-wildlife-crime-in-2013 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:29:38 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Figures published by the Scottish Government showed there were 319 wildlife crime incidents recorded in 2012-13, up from 307 the previous year. Although the report concluded that levels of wildlife crime in Scotland remained static in the last five years Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse stated: "I remain unsympathetic to those who believe that crimes against wildlife are of little consequence and can somehow be justified."