Green councillors’ proposal for Devolution to include post-Brexit “CAP” wins widespread support

18 October 2016

County councillor Andrew Stringer explained:

“Local people can best shape our own payments to farmers to make sure farms are run in a way that could further benefit our brewers, tourism and aspiration for healthier and more resilient communities. We should have our own slice of the CAP cake so the inevitable argument as we leave the CAP, could be thrashed out locally, rather than competing with national funding pressures.”

The benefits of a bespoke agricultural policy could lead to a greater link between the food producer and the consumer, while enhancing local distinctiveness. Suffolk & Norfolk could be in the forefront of crafting a policy that closely delivers the economic, educational environmental and health outcomes, which could change our social and economic landscape for the better.

  • Closer links to our farming output for our brewing tourism & hospitality sector
  • Integration of bio-fuel production from small woodlands
  • Financial support for greater public access for walking and equestrian recreation
  • Payments directly linked to better flood protection, carbon reduction and responding to a changing climate
  • Greater creation & maintenance  of wildlife habitats & creation of “green corridors”
  • Tree and hedge planting to check the loss of top soil
  • Targeted financial support for the next generation of Agricultural entrepreneurs and workers on the land

When Councillor Stringer had an opportunity to float the proposal at an all-party meeting of councillors from around the country, hosted by the Local Government Association, there was widespread backing for local control of agricultural support. 

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