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Coastal Access Update – August / September 2014

Natural England’s Cumbria Area Team has produced August and September Cumbria Coastal Access Monthly Updates and these can be downloaded below. They cover progress on the 2nd length of coast to be developed: Whitehaven to Silecroft and the recently announced 3rd stretch (Gretna to Allonby). In addition the national team has published the August England Coastal Path

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New Directive Establishing a Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning

The European Commission and European Parliament has today published Directive 2014/89/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) This long-anticipated Directive has been developed as part of the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy, which aims to support sustainable development of the marine environment, to develop coordinated and

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Celtic Seas Partnership Activity Update

The Celtic Seas Partnership is a four year EC Life+ project supporting the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in the Celtic Seas. It aims to draw people together from across the Celtic Seas to set up collaborative and innovative approaches to managing their marine environment. It is working to put the people

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National Infrastructure Projects – North West Update

The National Infrastructure Planning website has details of the following major infrastructure projects in the coastal or marine area of North West England. Click on the project names below to go the the National Infrastructure Planning website page for each project. Projects go through a range of stages and these are explained in brief below:

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Two Consultations on Implementing The Offshore Safety Directive

Two consultations are currently open on aspects of bringing the Offshore Safety Directive (OSD) 2013/30/EU into UK law. Both consultations close on 21st September 2014.  The OSD, which applies to offshore waters out to the limit of UK jurisdiction, aims to reduce the potential for major accidents offshore and improve safety standards. When an incident

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Consultation: Welsh National Marine Plan

The Welsh Government is currently seeking views on the draft Vision and Objectives for the Welsh National Marine Plan and its proposed structure. A full formal consultation on the completed draft  Welsh National Marine Plan will be held in early 2015. Further information on the consultation and how to respond to it can be found

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Marine Strategy Framework Directive – Government publishes response to the monitoring consultation and the finalised UK marine monitoring programmes

A consultation on monitoring proposals for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive took place earlier this year. The Government has now published a summary of the comments with their responses. In addition the ‘UK Marine Strategy Part Two: UK Marine Monitoring Programmes’ has now been finalised and published. There will be a further consultation covering proposals for the UK Programme of Measures

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NW Regional Monitoring Programme Newsletter Summer 2014

The latest edition of the North West Regional Monitoring Programme’s newsletter – North West Coast News – has been published. It aims to provide news on progress of the programme, spotlight specific issues and provide an outline programme of upcoming monitoring, reporting and events across the region. This issue reflects the impacts of the winter storms and

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Celtic Array pulls out of the Irish Sea Round 3 Zone

The Crown Estate has announced that  it has agreed to a request from Celtic Array Ltd to terminate its offshore wind agreement for the Round 3 Irish Sea Zone site enabling DONG Energy and Centrica to stop development activity.  Head of Offshore Wind at the Crown Estate, Huub den Rooijen, said “We have confirmed the developers’ assessment of

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Bathing Water News

Defra has published their Bathing Water Newsletter (June 2014). It includes information on the 2013 bathing water results and the European Commission 2013 bathing water report, where to find information about bathing waters on the new Government website, a report from the 2013 Cleaner Seas Forum, work on Short Term Pollution and bathing water usage

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