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Rural Life

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.
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Shooting

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.
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Hunting

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.
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Angling

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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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

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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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Rural commission report welcomed by Scottish Countryside Alliance

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the Final Report and Policy Recommendations from the independent Scottish Rural Commission, which sets out 97 recommendations to improve the lives of rural Scots.
The commission was chaired by Hughie Campbell Anderson, a land agent and former chairman of the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards. He and the five other commissioners have spent more than a year examining all aspects of rural life, including agriculture, housing, planning, transport and environmental issues.
Around one in five Scots live in rural areas, which make up as much as 94 per cent of the country’s land area.
The Rural Commission received written and oral submissions from experts and ordinary members of the public from across Scotland also heard how many communities are struggling to survive because of poor broadband access.

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Scotland gives the Commonwealth Games its best shot

Monday, 4 November 2013

The strength of Scotland’s shooters is evident, with six of the eight athletes announced for next year’s Commonwealth Games having contributed to making shooting Scotland’s top sport at the Delhi 2010 Games, with nine medals.
The team also includes Edinburgh-based Jen McIntosh and Jon Hammond who went to last year’s London Olympic Games.
Scottish Countryside Alliance director Jamie Stewart said: “We are delighted to have six of the medallists from the Delhi games selected along with Sian Bruce and Caroline Brownlie at this first stage in the process.

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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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