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Nick Herbert: ugly solar farms must not damage beautiful West Sussex countryside

27 April 2015

Nick Herbert has spoken out strongly against large-scale solar farms near Ashurst, arguing that acres of panels will damage beautiful countryside.


MP calls for "fair deal" for dairy farmers

16 February 2015

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on the Government to address the “unsustainable situation” where dairy farmers are “paid a price below the cost of production” for their milk. 


Farming Minister addresses Ploughing Society's annual dinner

15 October 2014

The Farming Minister, George Eustice MP, was guest speaker at the West Grinstead & District Ploughing & Agricultural Society’s Annual Dinner in Steyning on Saturday 4 October.


Flooding reveals inadequate infrastructure for new housing

11 February 2014

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has questioned the adequacy of local  infrastructure to support planned housing numbers in West Sussex following recent flooding.


MP opens Pulborough Post Office

10 February 2014

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert cut the ribbon to open Pulborough's new Post Office on Friday (7 February).


MP visits Steyning's Showcase

10 February 2014

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited Steyning's 'Showcase' event on Saturday afternoon (8 February) to meet local community clubs and organisations exhibiting there.


MP sees cycle hire project in Hassocks

28 October 2013

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited Hassocks Community Cycle Hire on Friday (25 October) to see how they are encouraging cycling in the South Downs National Park.


MP urges locals to vote for local farmer in conservation award

13 August 2012

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited the Norfolk Estate last week (10 August) to meet with Estate Manager Peter Knight who was recently named as the South East's regional winner in the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards.


Nick Herbert attends new food festival in Arundel

19 October 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited the farmers’ market in Arundel on Saturday (16 October) to help launch the town’s first ever Food Festival.


Nick Herbert joins walkers on South Downs

21 September 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined members of the South Downs Society for a walk on the Downs on Saturday (18 September).


Nick Herbert attends opening of Kirdford Community Shop

8 June 2010

Local residents and school children turned out in force on Saturday (5 June) to attend the launch of Kirdford Village Shop, the new community owned and managed village stores.


Local people back campaign to halt sandpit

24 May 2010
Local residents and schoolchildren turned out in force on Friday (21 May) to support a campaign to stop the proposal to open a sand quarry in the heart of the South Downs National Park.


Rural people "treated like second-class citizens"

26 April 2010
Rural people have been “treated like second-class citizens” for the last thirteen years, Nick Herbert has said.


Public sector must say how much food is local

23 April 2010
Plans to drive more sustainable food procurement throughout the public sector, including new proposals to require councils and NHS organisations to publish details of the food they buy, will be set out by Shadow Environment Secretary Nick Herbert today (23 April).


Nick Herbert targets the scourge of litter

21 April 2010
Nick Herbert departed from the usual election campaigning on Tuesday (20 April) by mobilising his team to pick up litter.


Nick Herbert supports village high streets and local food

14 April 2010
Nick Herbert has spoken of the importance of maintaining vibrant village high streets and supporting local food as the “great assets” of rural communities.


Nick Herbert objects to new waste and sand extraction plans

6 April 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has formally objected to the proposed location of two waste facilities and a sand extraction site in rural West Sussex.


Nick Herbert visits anaerobic digester

29 March 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited a farm near Kirdford on Friday (26 March) to see the UK’s largest on-farm anaerobic digester.


Green Party would "celebrate" wind farms in the South Downs

8 March 2010
The Green Party has astonished local campaigners by saying that they would “celebrate” wind farms in the South Downs National Park.


Pulborough marks Fairtrade Fortnight

1 March 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was at Pulborough Village Hall on Saturday morning (27 February) to enjoy a breakfast of Fairtrade and locally produced food.


Nick Herbert launches agenda for farming

23 February 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has launched an agenda to support a more productive and sustainable farming industry and to protect valuable farmland from development.


We must work together to make National Park a success

8 February 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged everyone to work together to make the South Downs National Park a success, saying that local people were united by a love of the Downs and a desire to protect them.


National Park must "engage and consult not dictate"

26 January 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has said that the success of the new South Downs National Park will depend on the willingness of the new Park Authority “to engage and consult” with local communities, especially farmers, and “not dictate”.


Nick Herbert calls for new focus on agricultural R&D

19 January 2010
A stronger focus on agricultural research and development will be needed from the next Government if we are to meet the challenges of increasing food production sustainably, says Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert.


Supermarket ombudsman needed to ensure a fair market

5 January 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has pledged to create a supermarket ombudsman to “curb abuses of power” by the major food retailers.


Nick Herbert visits family-owned store in Hassocks

30 November 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited a family-owned supermarket in Hassocks on Friday afternoon (27 November) to see how it is promoting local food and reducing its impact on the environment.


I don't want to live in a world without roast beef

23 November 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned against campaigns by pressure groups which will undermine public support for action on climate change.


Unlock rural potential, says MP

16 November 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for measures to unlock the "huge potential" of the rural economy to help create sustainable jobs of the future.


Nick Herbert: we must value the countryside

27 October 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has outlined plans to protect and restore the countryside if his party forms the next Government.


Nick Herbert visits local agricultural college

6 October 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has paid a visit to Chichester College’s Brinsbury Campus near Pulborough to see the role it is playing in supporting the rural economy.


Public sector must source more British food

6 October 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has pledged that a future Conservative Government will require all central government departments to ensure that the food they serve meets British standards of production.


Nick Herbert visits farmers' market in Slindon

1 September 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was in Slindon on Thursday morning (27 August) to lend his support to the village farmers’ market.


Nick Herbert visits Nyetimber vineyard

24 August 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was in West Chiltington on Thursday morning (20 August) to visit one of the country’s top wine producers.


Nick Herbert visits Knepp Wildland Project

14 August 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert went on “safari” on Tuesday afternoon (11 August) during a visit to the wildland project managed by the Knepp Castle Estate near West Grinstead.


Nick Herbert visits Sussex Gold

12 August 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was in Partridge Green on Tuesday morning (11 August) to meet a farmer who is producing the only English sunflower oil available on the market.


Nick Herbert visits 'bee laboratory' at Sussex University

13 July 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited the University of Sussex on Friday afternoon (10 July) to meet researchers who are hoping to reverse the decline of the British honey bee.


Nick Herbert launches 'Rural Action'

7 July 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has today (7 July) launched a new agenda to spell out how a Conservative Government will offer a better deal for rural communities.


A "decade of disrespect" for rural communities

23 June 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has accused the Government of presiding over a “decade of disrespect” for rural communities and called on Ministers to return powers to local people.


Nick Herbert launches 'Sussex Breakfast' with call for honest food labelling

15 June 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has once again spoken out in support of local food production and called on the big supermarkets to back his campaign for ‘honest food’ labelling.


Nick Herbert visits Sussex Wildlife Trust

4 May 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert paid a visit to the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s headquarters near Henfield on Friday morning (1 May) to meet with staff and take a look around the Woods Mill nature reserve.


National Park is the "wrong decision" taken for political reasons

31 March 2009
Commenting on the Government’s announcement that the South Downs will become a National Park, Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel & South Downs said:


Fairtrade and local produce served up at 'Big Breakfast'

2 March 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was at Pulborough Village Hall on Saturday morning (28 February) to enjoy a breakfast of Fairtrade and locally produced food.


Nick Herbert launches 'Honest Food' campaign

16 February 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert will today step up his call for clearer food labelling with the launch of a new campaign and poll.


Nick Herbert visits Crumbs of Sussex

26 May 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert paid a visit to ‘Crumbs of Sussex’ near Washington on Friday afternoon (23 May).


Nick Herbert calls for Bluetongue vaccine after local cattle are infected

11 February 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on the Government to introduce an effective vaccination strategy for controlling the spread of Bluetongue disease.


Nick Herbert denounces post office closures

29 January 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has denounced the decision of Post Office Ltd to close the village post offices in Washington and Slindon.


Post offices are important public service and must remain open

20 December 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has spoken out against the closure of West Sussex post offices, saying that they are an “important public service”. He said the proposed closures were “part of a highly regrettable wider trend to downgrade local services in rural areas.”


Local farmers facing "double whammy" of Foot & Mouth and Bluetongue

23 November 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that West Sussex farmers are facing a “double whammy” of restrictions following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth and Bluetongue diseases in neighbouring counties.


Rural post offices must not be closed

13 November 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has vowed to fight plans to close two post offices in his Arundel & South Downs constituency.


Nick Herbert congratulates Pulborough on Fairtrade status

24 September 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined Pulborough residents on Saturday evening to celebrate the village’s new Fairtrade status.


Foot and mouth outbreak is "another body blow for British farmers"

7 August 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has described the recent confirmation of two cases of foot and mouth disease in Surrey as “another body blow for British farmers.”


Nick Herbert hears village concerns about post offices & noisy motorbikes

17 July 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert attended a public meeting in Bury village hall on Friday to hear local concerns about motorcycle noise on roads and the future of rural post offices.


West Sussex countryside is priceless asset to be held in trust for future generations

17 July 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has spoken of the importance of preserving the countryside in West Sussex and the special landscape of the South Downs.


New figures reveal true extent of "garden grabbing"

14 June 2007
New figures show that more than one third of new houses in West Sussex are being built on the sites of former homes and their back gardens.


New rural taxes would "damage the rural economy"

25 April 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has attacked proposals for new rural taxes, arguing that once again rural areas are being used as a cash cow for the Treasury.


MPs press Government to secure future of rural post offices

16 March 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on the Government to take action to secure the future of rural post offices.


Nick Herbert backs Sustainable Communities Bill

23 January 2007
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for decisions over vital services and facilities to be made closer to the people who use them.


Nick Herbert speaks out against post office closures

15 December 2006
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has intervened in a House of Commons debate to speak out against the Government’s plans to close 2,500 post offices.


Nick Herbert highlights Licensing Act chaos

13 July 2005
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on the Government to deal with the “chaos” of new regulation affecting shops, village halls and community centres as a result of its new Licensing Act.


Nick Herbert calls for green lane protection

6 July 2005
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for the speedier protection of green lanes from use by 4x4 vehicles and motorbikes.


media library

Articles

Heating oil

30 December 2010


Broadband

9 December 2010


Animal welfare

28 October 2010


Community Shops

11 June 2010


The Election

14 May 2010


Giving people the power to take action

27 April 2010


Interview with The Field magazine

26 April 2010


Videos

Nick Herbert discusses the scourge of litter

21 April 2010


Can this man persuade the countryside to vote Tory?

6 March 2010


Farming

26 February 2010


Speeches

Farming Matters

23 February 2010


Washington

19 February 2010


Nick's Week, February 2010

12 February 2010


Plough Sunday

5 February 2010


South Downs National Park, January 2010

29 January 2010


South Downs National Park

25 January 2010


Live Q&A with Nick Herbert

14 January 2010


Supermarket Ombudsman

8 January 2010


A New Age of Agriculture

5 January 2010


National Park, December 2009

18 December 2009


Meet Nick Herbert MP

24 November 2009


Flooding in Cumbria

23 November 2009


A world without roast beef: who wants that except McCartney and Stern?

16 November 2009


New Zealand

13 November 2009


Lord Stern

30 October 2009


My week, October 2009

27 October 2009


British food

25 October 2009


What future for the Countryside?

22 October 2009


Hunting

18 October 2009


North Heath & Adversane

15 October 2009


Environmental regulation

2 October 2009


Market towns

25 September 2009


Beachwatch

18 September 2009


Zimbabwe, September 2009

11 September 2009


Waste, August 2009

20 August 2009


Food

14 August 2009


Rural Action

10 July 2009


Parliament

26 June 2009


General Debate on Food, Farming and the Environment, June 2009

18 June 2009


Opposition Day Debate on the Impact of the Recession on Rural Communities

16 June 2009


Agricultural Shows

12 June 2009


Pubs

28 May 2009


Defra Questions, May 2009

22 May 2009


Landfill

21 May 2009


Nick's Week, May 2009

7 May 2009


Wildlife

17 April 2009


Community Shops

10 April 2009


South Downs National Park, April 2009

6 April 2009


National Park, April 2009

3 April 2009


Adjournment Debate: Ford Eco-Town

18 March 2009


Opposition Day Debate on British Agriculture and Food Labelling

24 February 2009


Honest Food, February 2009

19 February 2009


'Honest Food' Campaign

17 February 2009


Speech to the NFU Conference

16 February 2009


Breaking point for rural communities

26 January 2009


Rural Affairs

22 January 2009


Litter, August 2008

14 August 2008


Housing

31 July 2008


Eco-Town Submission

30 June 2008


Local Shops

24 April 2008


Waste Summit

13 March 2008


Amberley

31 January 2008


Nick's Week, January 2008

24 January 2008


Post Office consultation: Nick Herbert's formal response

20 December 2007


Foot and Mouth Disease

22 November 2007


Campaign to Protect Rural England

12 July 2007


Farmers' Markets

21 December 2006


Remembrance Sunday

16 November 2006


Post Offices

19 October 2006


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