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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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Superfast broadband boost for the Scottish countryside is announced

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Government estimates that fast broadband will create 56,000 more jobs in the UK by 2024. We want to ensure that as many of these positions can be filled by people living in rural areas as is possible.

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Energy Minister welcomes announcement.

Peterhead CCS project to proceed

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

To secure a wider CCS industry, it is important that the UK Government continues to encourage and incentivise other highly-innovative CCS projects such as the Captain Clean Energy Project.”

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Mansfield Traquair

SCA Wine and Whisky Auction

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

*** 2 Tables Available ***A truly Exceptional evening will be held at Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh on Wednesday 12th March 2014. Up to 200 guests will be attending a Champagne reception and Dinner along with an auction of around 30 lots consisting of Rare and Interesting Wines and Whisky along with art and shooting days, with proceeds going to help fund the SCA's Routes to Rural Employment InitiativeWe have been able to offer two tables to our Facebook and Website followers who are not on our mailing lists, giving you the opportunity to attend the evening which is headlined by Lord Strathclyde, who will no doubt draw on his experiences in the Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of the Environment and the DTI to outline his view of the Scottish Countryside's future.

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Innovation fund to boost rural broadband solutions

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes a £10m project outlined by the UK Government that will fund innovative ways to improve broadband speeds in remote rural areas. The “competitive fund”, which was first announced in the chancellor’s Autumn statement last December, will open in early 2014 and be used to test broadband solutions aimed specifically those members of the population who live and work in the most difficult to reach parts of the UK.  

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SCA Survey now available

Saturday, 7 December 2013

We have a new survey open to ALL - members and Non-Members - and we would be grateful if you could fill it out - it won't take too long - but gives everyone the opportunity to express their views - It is anonymous, although you can fill out your details at the end if you wish. Please can you re-post as we would like as many opinions as possible

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Air weapon licensing unnecessary, says Countryside Alliance

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The announcement that recorded gun crime and offences in Scotland are at their lowest level for 33 years is great news for law and order, but should signify that the proposed licensing of air weapons is unnecessary, says the Scottish Countryside Alliance.
Statistics, released by the Scottish Government on 20 November, show that recorded crimes and offences in Scotland that involve firearms have dropped by 71 per cent since 2006/07. There were 365 incidents in 2012/13 – the lowest figure in Scotland since records began in 1980.
Air weapons offences, which make up 47 per cent of all gun crime, also fell.
Countryside Alliance director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: “Scottish gun users understand that ownership is a responsibility, not a right and that regulation is crucial to stop guns being used unlawfully, however the thousands of law-abiding firearms owners should not be unfairly penalised.
“Gun crime is falling, and while we would not wish the government to become complacent we do not believe the licensing of air weapons is the right next move.
“Eighty-seven percent of respondents to the Government’s consultation on this subject rejected the proposal and even the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents believes licensing would be unwieldy and too expensive.
“We believe that in the vast majority of those who hold and use air weapons as part of an organised pest control exercise or shoot recreationally pose no threat to the wider public and do not require the draconian measures set down by the Justice Secretary.”

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Don’t make rural drivers wait for fuel rebate, says Scottish Countryside Alliance

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Rural communities should not be made to wait for their fuel VAT rebate, says the Countryside Alliance.
Seven Highland areas are included in the Treasury’s plans to offer cheaper fuel in remote parts of the UK, unveiled in August.
It is an extension of the current rebate scheme which allows retailers of road fuel within the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Northern Isles, the Islands of the Clyde and the Isles of Scilly to register with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to claim back five pence per litre (ppl) relief on unleaded petrol and diesel for retail sale within the eligible areas.
However Highland MP Danny Alexander, who is Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announced on 5 November that the extension has been put on hold until next year, to pinpoint other communities also deserving of a price cut.
This means the application to the European Commission for it to be implemented will not now be made until next year, and those communities already chosen will have to wait longer for the proposed rebate.
Countryside Alliance research shows that the rural commute is an average of 25% more expensive than the urban commute and fuel prices tend to be higher in areas with fewer petrol stations and less competition.

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