Regional News

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.

Bathing water results for 2011

Defra have published details of the 2011 bathing water results – a mixed picture for the North West with 24 beaches meeting the mandatory bathing water requirements compared to 27 in 2010, however 9 of these achieved the exacting requirements of the revised Bathing Water Directive standards (current ‘guideline’ status) compared to only 6 last year. However

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Irish Sea Marine Conservation Zones Final Report Published

After two years of intense work, the Irish Sea Conservation Project is at an end. The project, which aimed to recommend areas for marine conservation in the Irish Sea has involved over 50 individuals, representing all coastal stakeholders in the North West. The final recommendations report has been delivered to the Government, along with the final

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Partnership Working in Support of Marine Spatial Planning in the Irish Sea

Over the course of spring 2011, the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with the North West Coastal Forum and the United Kingdom’s National Oceanography Centre, organised two events aimed at exploring stakeholder views on the future development of transnational partnership working to support co-ordinated marine spatial planning in the Irish Sea region. The work was

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New Copeland Coastal Partnership

Copeland Borough Council have launched a new coastal partnership new venture to bring together a range of organisations that have an interest in promoting and enhancing the coast to encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of what is on offer.  The partnership aims to develop the coast for the benefit of local people, visitors

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Green Infrastructure to Manage Climate Change: Resources Available

Resources are now available to help a range of professionals in the North West  plan, design and manage green infrastructure and the natural environment so that it can help to combat climate change. They are of use for planners, designers, developers, decision makers, land and green space managers, as well as a wider audience and

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Peel Energy halt Mersey Tidal Power project

After months of consultations and technical studies, Peel Energy have published the 3rd and final stage of the Mersey Tidal Energy feasibility study and chosen a preferred scheme -  a barrage between New Ferry and Dingle. However, due to high construction costs, Peel Energy have decided that it is not a financially viable project and will

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Bathing Beach Profiles

The Environment Agency have posted brand new detailed profiles for bathing beaches in the UK to their website. The profiles contain descriptions on the beach and its catchment, and descriptions on how the EA is working with water companies, local authorities, farmers and private land owners. The profiles are new for 2011 and will be

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