CLA East blog – First Impressions

10 March 2020

CLA East blog – First Impressions

Alison Provis, CLA East Regional Surveyor

One of the main attractions of the joining the CLA was so that I could be involved in a wide-range of issues linked to landownership at such a crucial time for rural businesses.  My first few weeks in the role have been incredibly interesting, and demonstrate the breadth of issues the CLA is tackling head on for its membership.

Within my first week, I attended a training day for new special constable recruits at Northamptonshire Constabulary and gave a presentation on who the CLA are, and explained to them the big challenges that rural communities have with crime.  Having lived and worked in rural areas throughout my career, I know only too well the challenges of crime and the impact it can have on people who live in the countryside. Crime is unfortunately a subject that will often be on my radar and I am always keen to hear from members about their experiences, as I can take this feedback to the regular meetings I have with rural crime teams in the region going forward.

Only last week, I presented a paper I authored to CLA Council which focused on the government’s Oxford-Cambridgeshire Arc major infrastructure project and the potential issues and opportunities such schemes present for landowners. Developments of this nature can have a significant impact on our members, and we live in a region which is likely to see further projects being proposed.  I would therefore be delighted to hear from members regarding their views and experiences of infrastructure schemes so that we can lobby on the issues that matter most  - please do get in touch with me; I can be reached on 01638 590429 or alison.provis@cla.org.uk.

Back in the office member enquiries have varied from giving advice on planning and diversification projects to helping members understand legislation affecting their residential property portfolios, such as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and new electrical safety regulations due to come into force later this year.

I am pleased to have already met many CLA members at several events since starting, and I am very much looking forward to meeting many more at the range of upcoming events we are attending over the next few months. I will be speaking at the CLA Residential Lettings event in Lincolnshire later this month on Tuesday 31st March and will also be supporting the CLA’s involvement in a range of agricultural shows this summer as well attending a number of AGMs this spring.  I look forward to seeing you there!