Regional News

The case for marine planning to come to North West England

A document submitted to the MMO to support the case for the 2nd marine planning region to be North West England. It was prepared by the North West Coastal Forum but represents the views of a wider group of organisations and participants in the March 2012 ‘A Sea Change: Marine Spatial Planning from Solway to Dee’

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Morecambe Bay – one of England’s first Nature Improvement Areas

Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has worked with and on behalf of a broad partnership to secure £600,000 from the national Nature Improvement Area Programme. The investment will create a step change for nature aroundMorecambeBayby improving and reconnecting the area’s special wetland, limestone, grassland and woodland habitats, as well as

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Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area

An application submitted by the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to designate Morecambe Bay a Nature Improvement Area (NIA) has been successful, bringing a further £610k to the area. The Morecambe Bay Limestones and Wetlands Nature Improvement Area is the only NIA in the north of England, and one of only 12 successful

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Coastal Communities Fund Briefings – NW details

Briefing workshops on the new Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) are to be held throughout March and April around the UK. For more information on dates and times, visit the Big Lottery Fund’s Coastal Communities Fund website. The deadlines for expressions of interest are March 25 (early round – projects ready to go) and April 27 (main round). In

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Making the Right Connections to Improve Bathing Water

As part of their ongoing work to improve bathing water quality in the North West, particularly before new stricter standards are introduced in 2015, the Environment Agency are reviewing sewer plans and using innovative techniques to identify and tackle places plumbing is misconnected. These misconnections occur when an appliance such as a washing machine or

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Burbo Bank Extension Consultation Update

Dong Energy have published a document with information on the progress of the consultation process for the Burbo Bank windfarm extension in Liverpool Bay. The update details the consultation timetable and contains information on developments together with project contact information and is downloadable from the Dong website. The second round of community consultation events will begin in April 2012, with details

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Fisheries Update

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) are holding a Technical, Scientific and Bylaw Subgroup Committee meeting on February 17th. This meeting is not open to the public or press, however papers are available on the NWIFCA website.   Defra’s winter 2011/12 issue of Fishing Focus is available to download from their website.This

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The 2nd North West Awards for Coastal Excellence (NW ACE 2012)

The North West Coastal Forum is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2nd biennial NW ACE – an award scheme to recognise outstanding achievement in and contribution to the long-term management of our coast and near-shore marine environments. NW ACE winners and highly commended entrants will have an opportunity to showcase their

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World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Opens off the Cumbrian Coast

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, opened the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off Walney in Cumbria today (9th February). The £1 billion pound wind farm consists of 102 turbines and will produce enough power to supply 320,000 households. It is a joint venture between DONG Energy, SSE and OPW. It

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UNESCO Officials Deliver Report on Liverpool’s World Heritage

A delegation of UNESCO officials have published a report detail their recommendations on the World Heritage Status of Liverpool, following a visit in November to assess the impact of proposed developments in the city’s docklands. The delegation reported positively on the impact of completed projects, the new Liverpool Museum and the Mann Island, which have invigorated

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