If you want to win a city council election in the area that includes the area named after the Brontë sisters, you have to make the decision if leasing a piece of land between the “Glorious 12th” of August and the end of December to Red Grouse hunters is a good financial decision, or bad for the environment. Even though a good portion of the area is made up of gritstone, there are “swathes of wild grass and heather” full of the popular bird, and grouse-shooters rent it for £10,000 a year.

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