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Consultation on St Bees Head Heritage Coast Extension

Closes 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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Consultation on Proposal to Remove Allonby South as a Designated Bathing Water

Closes 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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Consultation on improving our management of water quality in the environment

Closes 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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Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial Conference 2019, Cardiff, 15 January

Book by Friday 11th January – some places still available at this free  conference which considers marine planning, marine protected areas and climate change at an Irish Sea-wide scale. The aim of the event is to bring together stakeholders from across the Irish Seas to to learn about issues of current and shared interest and

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Presentations available: ‘Across the Sands of Dee’ Cross-border Marine Planning & Partnership Workshop, Chester, 21st August

‘Across the Sands of Dee’ was a North West Coastal Forum workshop to explore cross border marine planning policy & partnership working for the Dee Estuary and Liverpool Bay. It was aimed at English and Welsh stakeholders with an interest in a wide range of coastal and marine issues and how these might be affected by

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