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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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Merry Christmas from the North West Coastal Forum

The North West Coastal Forum wishes all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. This year’s Christmas card is available to download here:

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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Closed – consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic – stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England.

Closes 11:45 p.m., 3rd December 2018 Defra is seeking views on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England. The government’s 25 year Environment Plan includes the aim of introducing new measures to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste. These single use plastics are associated with

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Closed – consultation: Arnside & Silverdale AONB Management Plan 2019-24

Closes 3rd December 2018 The Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is reviewing the Arnside & Silverdale AONB Partnership Management Plan on behalf of Lancaster City Council, South Lakeland District Council, Lancashire County Council and Cumbria County Council, who have a statutory duty to review the AONB Management Plan every 5 years.

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Marine Planning from the Solway to the Dee, 3rd December 2018, Morecambe

Come along to a free North West Coastal Forum workshop to learn about marine planning, what it means for you and how to have your say in the development of the North West Marine Plan. We will be holding an evening workshop at the iconic Midland Hotel in Morecambe on Monday 3rd December. This evening

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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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Closed – Call for Evidence: Landscapes Review

Closes 11:45 p.m. 18th December 2018 Defra is calling for evidence on what works well and what could be improved in England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) to inform an independent review into whether the protections for National Parks and AONBs are still fit for purpose. In particular, what might be

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Closed – consultation on revision to marine licensing exemptions

Closes 11:45 p.m. 14th December 2018 Defra is seeking views on proposed changes to marine licensing exemptions in the marine areas where the Secretary of State is the appropriate licensing authority, as administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Marine licence exemptions mean that organisations don’t have to apply for a marine licence to carry

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