Rural Matters

CLA calls for septic tank review.

18th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

The CLA has called for the Government and the Environment Agency to review the rules preventing thousands of householders in rural areas from making small sewage discharges from septic tanks

The association confirmed a high proportion of rural householders have not received any notification from the Environment Agency about the new requirement to register private septic tanks for an exemption or obtain  an environmental permit for sewage discharge...

Animal Health Agency defends TB test.

17th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

After a bull which had been condemned to slaughter after testing positive for TB proved to be actually clear of the disease, the Animal Health and Veterninary Laboratories Agency has defended the test, saying that it is crucial in the fight against the killer disease.

The bull, Hallmark Boxster became the subject of a High Court battle in April 2010. Its owner, Ken Jackson of Walden Stubbs, South Yorkshire, argued veterinary workers had bungled the test by mixing test samples in...

Have you had a letter about sewer adoption?

29th JulyPosted by Mike Taylor

Most private sewers and drains will automatically be transferred on 1 October 2011 to the ownership of water and sewerage companies, which will take over responsibility for their maintenance.

This will effect all sewers that are connected to the mains but it won't include private treatment plants and septic tanks. It also will not effect sewers and drains that serve one property and are within its boundary.

William Fryzer in Mondaq Business Briefing...

CLA says National Planning Policy Framework is 'better than expected'.

27th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

The CLA has said the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published by the Government is 'better than expected' for rural areas.  However it went on to say that the framework still needs to support the need for a prosperous and 'broader' rural economy, with housing development across all rural settlements to enable people to both work and live in the countryside.

The Association said it was pleased to see more support for a prosperous rural economy but that the NPPF must...

Badger cull - latest information.

25th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

Defra have announced that they will now consult with stakeholders on the guidance to Natural England, which will issue badger cull licences.  This is necessary due to the fact that there have been a number of changes to the licence conditions from last year's proposals.

The consultation will end in September and Defra Ministers will make a final decision in the autumn once the results have been analysed. 


Apparently Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman is 'strongly minded...

Barbers Auctions Straw Auction 7th July 2011

7th JulyPosted by Mike Taylor

Barbers Auctions held their annual standing straw sale on Thursday 7th July. A packed saleroom at Market Draytion Livestock Market saw highly competitive bidding for 4000 acres of wheat, barley and oat straw to be baled after harvest.

Barley Straw sold from £35 to £95 per acre and averaged £57.25

Wheat Straw sold from £20 to £70 per acre and averaged £47.40.

Oat Straw sold from £20 to £82 per acre and averaged £49.37

There were over 400 at the auction and buyers...

Pig producers are revolting! (Well, protesting!)

30th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

PIG producers are set to descend on Tesco’s AGM tomorrow (Friday, July 1) in protest at the low prices they claim are killing off the industry.

Around 100 producers plan to leaflet investors at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Friday (July 1) calling on Britain’s biggest retailer to follow the likes of Waitrose, Morrisons and McDonalds in supporting producers.

The action is being organised by the British Pig Industry...

Jim Paice says current badger policy is unacceptable.

30th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

Farming Minister, Jim Paice, has insisted that maintaining the current policy is unacceptable, just days ahead of an expected announcement on a badger cull in England.


Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Paice said that if no new measures are put in place to improve bTB control, the disease could cost the taxpayer £1 billion over the next decade.

It understood that the Cabinet, which contains doubters on the policy, was due to discuss the issue this week, ahead of...

Badger cull in Wales put on hold by Welsh Government.

22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

John Griffiths, newly appointed environment minister for Wales, announced on Tuesday that proposals for a pilot badger cull in north Pembrokeshire would be put on hold.    His announcement comes after figures released earlier this year by the Welsh Government showed that the number of cattle infected with bovine TB had fallen dramatically in Wales, with nearly one-third fewer cattle slaughtered in the past year.

The Labour government will now form a panel to review the science behind...

Brits not keen on badger cull - but poll only asked 1000 people!

8th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

According to a report in the Farmers Weekly, results of a BBC opinion poll say that two thirds of Britons are opposed to a badger cull.

The phone poll was commissioned by the BBC News Website and asked 1000 adults if badgers should be culled to help curb bovine TB in cattle.


63% of respondents said no, 31% said yes and the rest were undecided and the proportion opposed was virtually identical in urban and rural areas.

Jack Reedy of the Badger Trust, which is...


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