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Consultation – Managing the Marine Historic Environment of Wales

Closes 3rd June 2019 The Welsh Government is consulting on updated guidance on managing and protecting the marine historic environment, which includes wrecks, submerged prehistory and coastal and intertidal archaeology. The guidance document – ‘Managing the marine historic environment of Wales’ – sets out the Welsh Government’s approach to underwater heritage and offers best practice guidance

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River Basin Planning 2021 – Working Together Consultation Response Report England

The Environment Agency has published the consultation response report from the ‘Working Together’ consultation on reviewing and updating river basin management plans which took place from June to December 2018. It set out the steps and consultation measures that the Environment Agency is required to take to update the plans. The report on the consultation

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Closed – consultation on St Bees Head Heritage Coast Extension

Closed 15th February 2019 Copeland Borough Council is consulting on a proposal to extend the St Bees Head Heritage Coast designation. St Bees Head is the only heritage coast between Wales and Scotland, and the only area of high sea cliffs in the north-west. The St Bees Head Heritage Coast was defined in 1992 and

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North West Marine Plan Posters – for Fishing, Recreation and Communities

The North West Coastal Forum has produced 4 posters about marine planning giving information about opportunities to help to influence and shape the new North West Marine Plan which is currently being developed by the Marine Management Organisation. Each A4 poster has been developed with a different target audience in mind. They are free to download and

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Closed – consultation on Proposal to Remove Allonby South as a Designated Bathing Water

Closed 11:45 p.m. 28th February 2019 Defra is consulting on removing Allonby South from the list of designated bathing waters. Allerdale Borough Council applied for Allonby South to be removed on the grounds of low usage for bathing as there is evidence, including a survey carried out by the Council during the 2017 bathing water

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Closed -consultation on improving our management of water quality in the environment

Closed 11:45 p.m.12th March 2019 Defra is consulting on proposals for improving the long-term planning of water resources and drainage, and proposals to modernise water regulation. The proposals include: reforming abstraction licensing to clarify when the Environment Agency can amend licences amending laws to allow a new charging methodology for Internal Drainage Boards making the

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England Coastal Path – North West Update, January 2019

Natural England has produced their January update on progress in developing the English Coast Path on the North West’s coast. There is a lot more detail in this month’s update but a brief summary of status of each section is: Stretch 1: Allonby to Whitehaven – OPEN Stretch 2: Whitehaven to Silecroft (51 km) –

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Marine Planning Iteration 3 On-line Engagement and Workshops

The next round of formal marine planning engagement by the Marine Management Organisation on the developing North West Marine Plan (and others) starts in January 2019. The on-line engagement opens on 21st January and runs until 29th March. It will be supplemented by a series of regional workshops and you are urged to book your

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Bathing water results for 2018

The 2018 bathing water results are out and classifications for the North West’s 30 designated bathing waters (including 4 inland) are given below. A new classification for bathing water quality was brought in 4 years ago. The new classifications are much tougher than the previous system of classification but 97.9% of bathing waters in England

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WireWall Update – October 2018

An October update below from the National Oceanography Centre re their WireWall research project on measuring wave overtopping (see earlier news article): Week commencing the 22nd Oct the tides were turning to springs. With a persistent West/North West wind on the forecast from Monday afternoon, the end of the week looked like a good opportunity to

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