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Supporting Rural Communities and Businesses

The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes that all rural communities deserve vibrant local schools, busy community owned village halls, and new and growing business resources and services. We believe that Scotland’s communities can form a wealth of opportunity from the development of our vast natural resources and by fully exploiting the new opportunities that are emerging from the sustainable management of our environment, whether that is a growing forest estate or the expansion of local biomass energy generation from food or farm waste, create sustainable lifestyles for all ages within our rural landscape.

Supporting Shooting

Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love.

Supporting Hunting

The Scottish hunting community are rightly proud of their achievements. Having come through an all-encompassing campaign fighting to save the sport and in many cases livelihoods, they emerged from the fight on February 13, 2002, blooded but unbeaten. Ten years later, we must recognise and commend the resilience of hunting folk – the fact that we still have a form of fox hunting in Scotland is testament to the determination of the people involved.

Economics benefits to rural Scotland

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. reporting that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.

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Opening meets attract large crowds to Scotland’s hunts

Monday, 4 November 2013

As the new season gets underway, Scotland's hunts are out in force with packs of hounds, offering a pest control service to local livestock and game managers and aiming to flush out foxes to waiting gunmen - as the law permits.
Countryside Alliance director for Scotland Jamie Stewart attended the Berwickshire hunt’s meet at Manderston House, Duns, Berwickshire on Saturday (2 November), where the field included his wife Clare and four-year-old son Ted (pictured).
Scotland's 10 hunts have all held opening meets over the past few weeks, and organisers reported the highest number of riders and supporters since hunting foxes with dogs was outlawed in 2002.

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Government must look again at Part 2 of Lobbying Bill, says Countryside Alliance

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

“Given the lack of consultation prior to the Bill’s introduction, the Government should take this opportunity to consult properly. This unwarranted attack on free speech and democratic engagement is unacceptable. We all agree that transparency and accountability at elections is vital but this is not the way to achieve that aim, and reducing democratic engagement by ordinary voters is the last thing any Government should wish to see.”
The Countryside Alliance welcomes the report, that is published today (29 October), by the independent commission set up to review the effects of Part 2 of the Government’s Lobbying Bill.
The Commission, which includes Countryside Alliance president Baroness Mallalieu, held fact-finding sessions in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, and has concluded that Part 2 of the Bill, as it stands, would be extremely detrimental to non-party campaigning on matters of public concern.
Commissioners have called for the Bill to be paused, to allow for proper consideration and consultation.

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Mobile phone reception poor on rural roads, reports Ofcom

Friday, 25 October 2013

Just 35% of the UK’s A and B roads are served by all four 3G networks and 9% have no 3G coverage at all, according to the Ofcom’s annual infrastructure report, published yesterday (24 October).
Sarah Lee, Countryside Alliance head of policy, said: “This shocking statistic is further evidence that rural areas have been left behind in the roll-out of mobile technology.
“Good connectivity is important for rural communities and those who rely on the road network to conduct their business, particularly if they are to compete economically with urban areas.
“These figures further demonstrate the need for closer monitoring by Government to identify the true coverage of the mobile network.

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Licensing of low-powered air weapons unnecessary, says Alliance

Monday, 21 October 2013

The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) is asking Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP to reconsider his stance on the licensing of low powered air weapons in Scotland.

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Proof phone reception can differ from what your provider promises

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Proof that the mobile phone reception you actually receive can differ wildly from that predicted by your provider comes today in news that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against EE.
A customer accused EE of publishing misleading information after the mobile phone coverage checker on the company’s website showed reception on the T-Mobile network as being excellent at the complainant’s home address – however in reality he had no signal in his house and poor signal outside.
The ASA has ordered that EE must make the conditional nature of the coverage checker results clearer on the website.
This case serves to show how important the Countryside Alliance’s campaign to improve rural phone reception is.

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C.A.P & Scotland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

Friday, 4 October 2013

CAP and Scotland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

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