It has been another extremely busy year for CLA East with a wide range of events, political engagement and lobbying on the topics and issues of most importance to our members.
Here is a snapshot of just a few of the highlights of 2018.
January – LAMMA ‘18
The CLA welcomes members and non-members to its exhibition stand at LAMMA which, due to the weather, turned out to be an eventful show.
February – Political Debate
Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee, and Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin, joined CLA members for a barn meeting in Hertfordshire to discuss national political developments and local issues associated with farming and landownership.
March – A Royal Visit
HRH, The Prince of Wales visited Louth Livestock Market in Lincolnshire to meet campaigners, including the CLA, who were successful in keeping the market open after a council review threatened it with closure.
April – Future Farming Policy Discussion
CLA East branch committee chairmen met with Defra representatives at The Oval to share their views on the future farming policy consultation.
May – CLA East Show Season Kicks Off
The CLA welcomed hundreds of members to breakfast and lunch events in its marquee at the Suffolk Show.
June – Minister Meeting
The CLA met Farming Minister George Eustice at the Lincolnshire Show to discuss the latest politcial developments in the food and farming sector.
July – CLA East Responds to Crime Survey
CLA East responded to the results of the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey that found rural communities are ‘living on the edge – in fear of crime, unhappy with the police and feeling isolated and vulnerable’.
August – CLA East Raises Hare Coursing Concerns
The CLA wrote to police chief constables across the East of England to seek assurance that tackling illegal hare coursing will be a priority.
September – Water Shortage Concerns Discussed with Michael Gove
Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove was urged to ensure water for food receives a higher priority when he met farmers and farming organisations, including the CLA, in Newmarket.
October – Diversification Demystified
The CLA hosted a Diversification Demystified seminar at The Granary Estates in Suffolk attended by more than 100 landowners and rural businesses from across the East of England. Watch the video from this event here.
November – Fly-tipping Frustration
CLA East said fly-tipping incidents remain ‘alarmingly high’ as it responded to the latest Defra statistics.
December – Safe as Houses
The CLA provided practical advice on the management of residential lettings and an update on the most recent changes to regulation during an event in Suffolk.