CLA East boss calls on Government to unlock rural potential

CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood ANL-150805-120544001
CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood ANL-150805-120544001
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A rural business leader has urged the new Government to work to unlock the countryside’s potential.

CLA East director Ben Underwood said: “Every Government department needs to take account of the needs of the rural economy, and grasp this opportunity to help unlock the countryside’s economic, social and environmental potential.”

He said Thetford MP Liz Truss, as Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, had to swiftly address a number of issues urgently, including the stalled Basic Payment Scheme roll out.

He called on her to work with land owners on water management and plant and animal diseases and to back agri-tech to raise efficiency.

Mr Uderwood called on other departments to commit to universal broadband, address the rural housing shortage and protect land owners from the cost of tackling fly-tipping.