Campaigns Archive

CPRE at Rockingham International Horse Trials

We feel that it is most important for us at CPRE to raise our profile among the people who live in the countryside, and to keep abreast of the issues that are on their minds.  An excellent opportunity to meet…

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Probably the finest food competition the world...

The Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards have been launched for 2016 - for what is expected to bethe best year yet!   The launch event was held at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth (see photo) – the…

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Clean for The Queen

Will your village or group Clean for the Queen to celebrate her 90th birthday, AND (at the same time) win a cash prize in the CPRE Northants 2016 Litter Heroes Awards? This year, it’s different.  CPRE nationally is very happy…

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Local Food Hero 2015/16

As you know, CPRE Northamptonshire recognises the importance of local foods to the rural economy in the county.  We are again joining the commercial sponsor Weetabix to endorse the Local Food Hero category of the Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards.…

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Local Food Hero of the Year 2012/13

The Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards and CPRE Northamptonshire are working together to recognise and celebrate our Local Food Heroes. We are looking for those people and businesses in the food and drink sector in Northamptonshire who go further…

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Local Food award presentation

The CPRE Northamptonshire Local Food Hero award for 2014/15 was presented at the recent county Food & Drinks Awards dinner.  The winners were the owners of Waterloo Cottage Farm, Angus and Kirstie Clarke.  From the left in the picture is…

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A beautiful Christmas present

Do you know a lover of the Northamptonshire counryside who would appreciate a fine book in their (metaphorical) Christmas stocking?  Perhaps someone who no longer lives in the county, but has fond memories of it?  Or maybe you are someone…

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HS2 - CPRE is petitioning Parliament

This petition - filed by our National Office - is a formal summary of CPRE's grounds of objection to the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill, which would give planning approval for phase 1 of High Speed 2. It calls…

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Witches' Knickers

Why do we keep going on about Witches' Knickers?  Because it is a phrase that resonates particularly well with schoolchildren - a constituency we really need to connect with if we are to change attitudes to littering. We first heard…

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Solar farms in the countryside

Unless it is checked, climate change will have a considerable adverse impact on the countryside we love.  That we have to reduce mankind's carbon dioxide emissions is now widely accepted.  However, governmental strategies to encourage renewable energy perhaps inevitably focus…

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Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2013/14

CPRE Northamptonshire is proud to partner the county's Food & Drink Awards, and the results of this year's awards have now been announced. We take especial interest in the Local Food Hero Award, which we inaugurated seven years ago.  This…

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HS2 - maximising mitigation

Whether HS2 is built or not, we must strive to obtain the best mitigation for our rural landscape, people, economy and wildlife - in the event that it does eventually become a reality.  Consequently CPRE Northamptonshire is continuing with our…

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Press release: Local Councils & Windfarm Challenges

March 2014 update: we can now report a final victory.  Not only did all legal proceedings rule against the scheme, the developers have now announced that they intend to abandon the project. Original press release follows:  On Friday 8 March…

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Is Northants to be the wind farm capital of England?

  Recent decisions by the Planning Inspectorate look likely to turn Northamptonshire -- one of the least windy counties in Britain -- into the one most densely covered with windfarms.  Currently known as “the county of squires and spires” because…

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High Speed Rail gets a green light

 The trees in the background of the picture are the southern tip of Halse Copse, which will be replaced by track if HS2 is constructed as currently planned In the end, the decision came as no surprise.  After a carefully managed…

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Planning: the NPPF

Currently there is a major triangular struggle on the draft National Planning Policy Framework.  A coalition of countryside groups, most notably CPRE and the National Trust, is fighting to retain the use of the planning system to protect our countryside,…

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Wind Farms

We in CPRE Northamptonshire favour renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions. However, after considerable research, we believe that windfarms are great for developers and landowners but not for the rest of us. Because this contentious issue is of…

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High Speed Rail

The Department for Transport's consultation on High Speed Rail (HS2) closed on July 29, 2011. Since 13 miles of the Government's proposed route crosses our county, CPRE Northamptonshire responded to the Consultation. We believe that a high speed rail network…

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