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CLA warn potential mail delivery changes could cause 'serious harm' to rural people

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".

CLA warn potential mail delivery changes could cause 'serious harm' to rural people Credit: Press Association

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.

– Dorothy Fairburn, CLA North regional Director

World class team to deliver Hull's City of Culture year

The team responsible for delivering Hull's City of Culture programme will spend today updating people on their progress.

It is exactly a year since the city was told it would be the UK's culture capital in 2017.

Culture Company chief executive Martin Green says he will recruit a world class team for the project:

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NFU urge farmers to 'remain vigilant' after avian influenza in Yorkshire

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."

– NFU poultry chairman Duncan Priestner

Culling of six thousand birds continues in Nafferton

The culling of around six thousand ducks is continuing today as part of measures to contain an outbreak of bird flu.

Signs warning of the restriction zone in Nafferton Credit: PA

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".

Jungle Jen completes seven day challenge

Jen Adair from Harrogate has just completed 140km 4 stage challenge’ through the toughest terrain of the Amazonian jungle.

Jen Adair from Harrogate Credit: Alex Beer

But only two years ago Jen was undergoing a 10 hour operation on her back for scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and was in so much agony she had to take a huge cocktail of painkillers every day.

We spoke to Jen about her amazing story on the programme.

To find out more about the Jungle Marathon click here or for more information about Jen's documentary click here.

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