Regional News

Coastal Access – North West & National Updates 2017

Natural England has produced the monthly update for January 2017 summarising the progress being made on delivery of coastal access in the North West. Stretch 1 (Allonby to Whitehaven) and Stretch 2 (Whitehaven to Silecroft) are ‘open’, Stretches 3 (Gretna to Allonby) and 4 (Walney Island) are in the ‘determine’ phase, stretches 5 (Silecroft to Silverdale)

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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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MMO Marine Plan Workshops Spring 2017

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued an invitation to participate in the next round of marine plan workshops. These will look at the issues and evidence database which was recently published (see news item on MMO Marine Planning Newsletter Jan 2017), explore potential policies for the new marine plans (including the North West) and

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#1MoreShot Campaign Launched

Hubbub have launched a coffee cup recycling scheme in Manchester city centre which aims to recycle single use hot beverage cups and create them into new items. The facts have been outlined by Hubub: “11 specially designed coffee cup recycling bins have been installed in Manchester and the cups collected will be transformed into brand

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MCS Great British Beach Clean Findings Announced

Results from the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean (GBBC)  have been announced. The GBBC is a four day event each September where just less than 6,000 volunteers helped clean 364 beaches around the UK in 2016. At each beach clean volunteers surveyed the type and abundance of litter collected. In 2016 268,384 pieces

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Closed – consultation on proposed extension to Liverpool Bay SPA

Closes 5 p.m., 8th February 2017 Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) are jointly consulting on an extension to the Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl Special Protection Area (SPA). The extension will include new areas to the west and north, extending into the Mersey Estuary and also crossing the

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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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Closed – North West Coast Connections – formal consultation

Closes 5 p.m. on Friday 6th January 2017. National Grid has launced a 10 week consultation on the detailed proposals for the North West Coast Connections (NWCC) project. This is a formal consultation required under sections 42 and 47 of the Planning Act 2008 and is likely to be the final consultation held before National

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Closed – Call for Evidence on Marine Protected Area Assessments

Closes 12th December 2016. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is carrying out site assessments for the marine protected areas (MPA) in English inshore waters for which the MMO is the lead regulator. They are now seeking views on the draft assessments, which are intended to help ensure that current and potential future fishing activities do

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Liverpool2 Open for Business

On November 4th the Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP officially opened Liverpool’s new deep water container facility. The new facility complements the existing container terminal at Seaforth. Liverpool2 and ensures that the Port of Liverpool will be able to handle the biggest cargo vessels in the world. The

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