Reform of the regulatory system to control small sewage discharges

The CLA believes that government proposals to replace the current registration system for septic tanks with a more risk-based system are a step in the right direction for rural properties and businesses not connected to mains sewerage networks.

We have welcomed the deregulatory proposal from Defra, showing that the department has listened to the CLA's call, over several years, for a review of the current burdensome approach to managing small sewage discharges.  If the proposals are adopted, permits would only be required for the most sensitive areas affected by pollution.

Briefing Note: Neonicotinoids and Bees

In December 2013, the European Union effectively banned the use of three neonicotinoid products for at least two years, citing concerns over their effects on bee health.

Because the decision was taken despite limited availability of practical evidence in the field, the CLA along with other organisations, opposed the ban until this data had been collected.  The UK agreed with this approach.

National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England

Defra has released a national pollinator strategy for consultation due to be adopted during the summer of 2014.  The strategy seeks to safeguard pollinator species in England and in particular focuses on the necessary evidence required to give us a clearer picture of the current status of pollinators.

Our overriding concern has been that it is essential the strategy is realistic and takes into account the increasing number of pressures on agricultural land.

Environment Audit Committee Inquiry into Invasive and Non-Native Species

The CLA has submitted evidence to the Environment Audit Committee Inquiry into Invasive Alien Species (IAS).

CLA has a long-standing interest in the prevention and containment of IAS, in particular the grey squirrel, Muntjac deer, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, pennywort, signal crayfish and Asian long-horned beetle, as these cause a significant amount of damage to woodlands and waterways.  Other impacts of IAS include loss of crops, damaged buildings and loss of ecosystem sesrvices.  The land manager typically bears the cost of tackling IAS.

Our submission sets out how CLA want to see IAS prevented and contained, the governing system behind this approach, and the need for proper funding to enable action to happen.

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