Regional News

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.

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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