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Yorkshire Dales News - Weekly Round Up

Week Ending Friday 17th March

A look back at the past week, with our weekly round up of Yorkshire Dales News published on Daelnet.

Public backs stronger code for supermarkets

Friday 17 March 2006
New figures out today show that four out of five people want new rules put in place to protect farmers in their dealings with the big supermarkets, and that nearly two thirds think that British farmers are not being paid enough for the food they produce.

Bird survey points to mixed picture

Friday 17 March 2006
The latest survey of bird numbers has being published and the results point to a mixed picture across the UK regions.

Tourism swap-shop deemed a success

Friday 17 March 2006
A resounding success is how organisers are describing an event that saw tourism operators from across the Northern Dales swapping leaflets and information

Head of countryside Quango sacked

Thursday 16 March 2006
As concern and anger mounts among farmers over the late payment of subsidies the Government has stepped in to the row and sacked the boss of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

Working dogs: MP's reject tail docking ban

Thursday 16 March 2006
A victory for animal welfare is how countryside organisations are describing a decision taken by MP's to exempt working dogs from a ban on tail docking.

Prehistoric site deemed to be of 'World Heritage class'

Thursday 16 March 2006
Campaigners for the protection of Thornborough Henges say acknowledgement from the UK's culture watchdog, is a major step forward in recognising its international importance.

Camera boost for Dales crime fighters

Thursday 16 March 2006
A £77,000 arsenal of equipment is set to boost crime fighting power in towns and villages across the Northern Dales.

Walking towards top prizes

Thursday 16 March 2006
IN AN unusual promotion by the Countryside Agency, keen hill walkers are being urged to get out and about onto a series of northern mountain trails - and win top prizes worth up to £1,500.

Wild-flower talk

Thursday 16 March 2006
Mountain Flowers and Conservation are on the agenda for a talk being held in Settle tonight.

Landowners stoke-up supermarket row

Wednesday 15 March 2006
LANDOWNERS and farmers who have been campaigning against the big supermarket chains for almost a decade have stoked up the row by demanding that the Government appoint an Ombudsman to ensure that the giant retailers stick by any agreements they make in future.

Hunting ban challenged under human rights laws

Wednesday 15 March 2006
The latest attempt to overturn the hunting ban in England and Wales reaches the end of its first session in the Court of Appeal in London today.

Pig farmers call for better labelling

Wednesday 15 March 2006
A campaign by Pig farmers aimed at forcing European Producers to work to the same standards as those in the UK, is gathering pace.

4x4 tax now on Government agenda

Wednesday 15 March 2006
Plans to discourage four wheel drive vehicles by blanket taxation are rising up the Governments agenda and one countryside group is calling for assurances that such a move won't penalise those living in rural areas.

Inquest begins into death of Northallerton Red-Cap

Tuesday 14 March 2006
An inquest into the death of a Northallerton Soldier, and five other Royal Military Policemen, who were killed by a mob in Southern Iraq, is due to get underway in Oxford.

Government to slash environment studies

Tuesday 14 March 2006
CONSERVATION bodies reacted with fury yesterday over the Government's decision to close down four field centres world famous for their research into the effects of environmental changes of the countryside and its wildlife.

National Park opens headquarters to the public

Tuesday 14 March 2006
Residents of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being invited to have a look round the new, £2.2million Bainbridge offices of the Park Authority.

Thirsk swimmers take top honours

Tuesday 14 March 2006
Two youngsters from Thirsk have shown they really are water babies by taking the top honours in a swimming contest that attracted almost forty entrants.

Dales communities get pro-active in combating speeders

Monday 13 March 2006
Residents in a number of parishes across the Northern Yorkshire Dales are being given information which could improve road safety in their local communities.

CLA welcomes new supermarket probe

Monday 13 March 2006
GOVERNMENT plans to investigate the ways in which the four big supermarket chains are allegedly "strangling" small shops and forcing farmers out of business were given a hearty welcome at the weekend by the Country Land and Business Association.

Farmers' leaders criticise countryside Quango

Monday 13 March 2006
Farmers in the Yorkshire Dales, along with their counterparts across rural England are, at this very moment, waiting for the postman to deliver a very special cheque - the problem is that this particular cheque comes from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), and the wait seems to be getting ever-longer according to farmers leaders.

Website encourages healthy eating

Monday 13 March 2006
A Skipton School is among a number across North Yorkshire taking part in a new online initiative launched today to encourage healthy eating among young people.

Creating opportunity through 'Wheels 2 Work'

Sunday 12 March 2006
A charity that offers young people the ability to travel to work in one rural part of the Yorkshire Dales is benefiting from the generosity of a local businessman.

Yorkshire Dales Society calls for last minute award entries

Saturday 11 March 2006
A leading charity that works to enhance and conserve the Yorkshire Dales is looking to the future as the organisation calls for last minute entries to its annual conservation award.


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