Mr Paterson spoke to a packed room at Savills in Central London on Wednesday (5 March) about growing the rural economy; improving the environment; and tackling animal and plant disease.
CLA Director London Branch Robin Edwards said: “We were delighted to give our members the opportunity to hear directly from Owen Paterson MP on issues which are critical to rural lives and livelihoods.
“This is an extraordinarily important time for the countryside and there are multiple threats to a secure and productive future which must be addressed. It is critical that Government, landowners and rural businesses work closely together to respond. The discussions with the Environment Minister at the London Branch reception were constructive and valuable for all in attendance.”
Discussing the recent flooding crisis, Mr Paterson reiterated the Government’s long-term commitment to flood defence and highlighted that Central Government and local communities must work together to prevent future flooding disasters.
The Environment Minister highlighted the value of food producers, and congratulated the CLA on its work to grow the rural economy and to improve the environment.
Mr Paterson also addressed the audience on bovine TB and rural broadband, and responded to questions from the floor about HS2; shale gas; neonics; and permitted development rights.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
- CLA South East covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East & West Sussex
- As a membership organisation, the CLA supports landowners by advising them on how best to protect and maximise their asset: the land. We are dedicated to supporting landowners and their businesses. Our success is measured by how effectively we do that. We have a team of experts in London and a regional structure able to give local support.
- We have been looking after the interests of our members, as well as promoting the positive aspects of land ownership, land management and rural business activities for the past 100 years. CLA members own or manage approximately half the rural land in England and Wales, and the resulting expertise puts us in a unique position to formulate policies and lobby effectively.
- For news and more information on our events, campaigns, lobbying and advice see the regional pages on our website https://www.cla.org.uk/your-area/south-east or follow us on Twitter: @CLASouthEast