Berkshire CLA chairman on unlocking the countryside's full potential
PUBLISHED: 12:11 08 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:11 08 October 2014
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George Chichester, chairman of Berkshire CLA, takes a look at unlocking the countryside's potential
George Chichester, chairman of Berkshire CLA, takes a look at unlocking the countryside’s potential
From now until the general election next May we will no doubt see a regular stream of headlines from each political party. Will the candidates in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire promote policies for a thriving countryside?
The CLA is calling all those who hope to be in positions of responsibility in the region after the general election to put the countryside at the heart of their policies. We launched our own manifesto for the countryside in July, which we will be sending to candidates across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. It is designed to help them shape policies that will enable rural areas to prosper over the lifetime of the next government.
We want the MPs elected in our region to have a true understanding of the issues that are important to people who live or work in the countryside. We also want them to recognise the contribution of rural-based businesses to our region’s economy, environment and communities.
I’d like to highlight just a few of the priorities for our region. Rural businesses must be allowed to thrive – and every single premises in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire needs access to reliable and affordable broadband.
People living in our region’s countryside need better provision of affordable housing, and farmers need the Government to make stronger links between food security and water management, and to take a science-led approach to pesticide use that will work well for our farmers and also for the environment.
The CLA will be working with candidates over the coming months to make sure that the countryside’s voice is heard, understood and given the attention it merits.
For more information visit www.cla.org.uk/southeast. The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.