Current Consultations

Banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products

Close of submissions of representations on the draft legislation: 15th October 2017. Defra has published the summary of responses to its consultation on banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. The draft legislation which will bring the ban into force in 2018 in England has also been published and representations can

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Consultation on Salmon Fisheries

Closes 9th October. The Environment Agency is holding a consultation on management of salmon fisheries in England and on the Border Esk. The consultation seeks views on the impacts and benefits of options that have been developed to reduce exploitation of salmon in coasts, estuaries and rivers, together with any further suggestions for reducing exploitation. Salmon

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Consultation on investigating options for reducing releases to the environment of microplastics (European Commission)

Closes 16th October 2017 The European Commission has launched a public consultation on options for reducing releases of microplastics into the marine environment. The aims are to collect views from stakeholders and the public on policy options and to gather further information and evidence on sources of microplastics pollution and policy options for the reduction

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Coastal Access Updates – including consultation on objections re Gretna to Allonby stretch

Natural England has published an update on progress on the England Coast Path in the North West. Importantly the Gretna to Allonby stretch is at ‘determination stage’ with a decision by the Secretary of State expected in late 2017. Currently the independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State is inviting comments  by  midnight on 17th July on

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Consultation: Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan (2018-2028)

Closes 29th September 2017 The six Liverpool City Region local authorities and Merseytravel have prepared a Rights of Way Improvement Plan on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.  The aim of the plan is to improve the network of public rights of way across the City Region. The plan has been published for consultation and comments received will be

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Closed – NW Marine Plan Iteration 1 – feedback needed!

Closes Friday March 31st 2017 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched a call for feedback on the initial outputs for marine planning in the remaining marine plan areas: North West, North East, South West and South East. There is an online questionnaire and the MMO is asking for feedback on: How the marine plans

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Closed – consultation: Solway Firth proposed SPA (proposed marine extension and site name change)

Closes midnight, 17th January 2017. Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural England are jointly consulting on the Solway Firth potential Special Protection Area (pSPA). This is a cross-border site and the new SPA will be formed by merging the existing Upper Solway Flats & Marshes SPA with a new extension encompassing the marine waters west of the

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Consultation – Managing the UK Queen Scallop Fishery

Closes 3rd January 2017 This consultation is being conducted on behalf of the five UK and Isle of Man Fisheries Administrations. It seeks views on the introduction of new management measures in the queen scallop fishery in ICES divisions VIa (north coast of Northern Ireland and western Scotland) and VIIa (Irish Sea). The purpose of

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Call for evidence: The Economic Potential of Coastal Communities and the Visitor Economy

Closes 5.00pm on 30 September 2016 The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Visitor Economy is conducting an Inquiry into the Economic Potential of Coastal Communities and the Visitor Economy.  The aim of the inquiry is to provide an opportunity to discuss how the Government and the hospitality and tourism industry can support the economic

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Consultation – New NWIFCA Byelaw: Permit to dredge

Consultation closes 9th September. The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has launched a consultation on proposals for a new District-wide fisheries byelaw to regulate dredging of shellfish such as mussels and cockles through a permit system. Dredging without a permit in the District will be prohibited. The reason for the new system is

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