Regional News

NW-IFCA Update

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority  (NW IFCA) are currently assessing the Ribble cockle fishery after its closure in November due to safety concerns. There is concern that the stocks, which were already low due to the intense fishing last year,  may have been further reduced by the gales in early January and it is unlikely that the

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Outer Solway Offshore Wind

DONG Energy have begun a feasibility project to investigate the potential for an offshore windfarm in the outer Solway Firth. The study is set to continue for the next four months and DONG have indicated that local consultations will be conducted in the new year. For more information, visit the project website. Map of the search

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Identifying Bacterial Pollution from Source to Sea in the NW

The Environment Agency has begun a project to discover sources of bacterial pollution affecting sea water quality in the North West. The NW has 31 bathing beaches, all of which are subject to more stringent standards under the revised European Bathing Water Directive, which the EA will begin monitoring for in 2012. Although there have been

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Extended Timetable for Marine Conservation Zones

The Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) Project’s timetable has been extended. The Irish Sea Conservation Zones (ISCZ) group recommended 19  MCZs in its project area; and ISCZ was one of four regional groups whose stakeholders worked together to recommend a total of 127 MCZs. What happens next? 8th September 2011: ISCZ handed its final recommendations to

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Otters return to the River Mersey

Otters footprints have been spotted on the banks of the River Mersey near Fiddlers Ferry. The discovery of the tracks has been hailed as yet more hard evidence that of the river’s improving quality which, according to the Environment Agency, is the cleanest it’s been since the early 1900s. The full story and a video can

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Accessing the North West Coast

A report summarising the findings of the North West Coastal Forum’s June 2011 workshop and associated consultation is now available. The event explored the fit between the national coastal access scheme and the North West Coastal Trail project and sought views on current access work being undertaken or planned which will help to implement the Trail on

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Government confirms Liverpool Coastguard Closure

The Government have unveiled revised plans to their proposed cuts to UK Coastguard services, but has confirmed that Liverpool coastguard will be one of the centres to close. Full details can be found in the BBC report.

UNSECO inspectors to visit Liverpool World Heritage Site

UNESCO staff are visiting Liverpool this week (Monday Nov. 14) on a 3-day monitoring trip to assess the impact of a skyscraper regeneration scheme in the city’s docklands. Planning documents for the Liverpool Waters redevelopment scheme have been submitted, and concerns have been raised that the status of the city’s waterfront World Heritage Site would be in jeopardy should planning permission be

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Revocation of Regional Spatial Strategy

CLG have published an environmental report on the revocation of the North West of England Plan – the Regional Spatial Strategy for the North West. A consultation on the report runs until 20th January. For more information and to download a copy of the report – which references the role of the North West Coastal

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Walking the Sefton Coast featured in The Times

The Times newspaper has featured the Sefton Coast in one of its Saturday walking features. The walk, from Waterloo to Ainsdale, can be accessed on The Times website, but is subscription only. However, the writer of the article, Christopher Somerville, has posted it on his personal website.