A group representing landowners across the north of England say that a "threat" by Royal Mail to end its obligation to deliver and collect post six days a week to all UK addresses "would cause serious harm to those who live and work in the countryside".
The Countryside Landowners Association in the North says the daily post is an "intrinsic part of rural life".
Royal Mail says that increased competition is endangering its government-mandated Universal Service, which guarantees a single price postal service to all UK addresses, including remote rural areas.
The CLA, which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses in the North, say they will be writing to market regulators, Ofcom, asking them to seriously consider the extension of USO to other operators in the postal market.
The daily post is, and must remain, an intrinsic part of rural life. Without it, rural services, which are already under significant strain, will be seriously undermined. Any suggestion that Royal Mail is seeking to amend, or possibly abolish the Universal Service Obligation (USO) in the future, is a serious threat to everyone living and working in the countryside. We recognise that a company like Royal Mail must seek to generate profit. However, this has to be addressed through achieving fair competition not removing a vital service from rural consumers.
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The National Farmers' Union has urged poultry producers to remain vigilant following a case of avian influenza discovered at a duck farm in Yorkshire.
“Clearly, this is an issue the industry and consumers have been following and it is vital that the NFU represents the interests and the views of its members.
Some of the issues we have been working on for those farmers within the restriction zones, include ensuring producers can obtain licences as soon as possible so businesses can operate as normal.
In the meantime, we would urge all poultry producers to remain vigilant and continue with their ongoing on-farm hygiene and biosecurity measures. Anyone who suspects that their birds might be ill should inform their local vet as soon as possible."
The culling of around six thousand ducks is continuing today as part of measures to contain an outbreak of bird flu.
A six mile exclusion zone has been placed around the breeding farm in Nafferton near Driffield.
Experts have confirmed it's the same strain that's also been found in the Netherlands and Germany, but have stressed that the risk to public health is "very low".
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Cricket legend Michael Vaughan will officially open entries for the new Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield today.
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The culling of around six thousand ducks will continue today after an outbreak of bird flu.
A six mile exclusion zone has been placed around the breeding farm in Nafferton near Driffield. The government says there's a very low risk to human health.