Marine plans out for consultation on East Coast
England’s first draft marine plans for the seas from Flamborough Head in the north to Felixstowe in the south have been put out to consultation today and the RYA has urged its members to get involved and respond.
The public consultation was announced this morning to Parliament in a Written Ministerial Statement from Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon. These are the first two of 11 marine plans to be delivered for England, and we are one of the first countries in the world to plan across all marine activities.
The idea behind the marine plans is to inform and guide marine users and regulators and manage a UK marine economy currently worth more than £47 billion annually with the potential to increase significantly. Marine plans will inform and guide marine users and regulators, managing the sustainable development of marine industries taking account of local communities and the need to protect leisure users and the environment.
It is hoped that the reduced costs and increased certainty provided by marine planning will create greater development opportunities leading to increased economic and employment benefits for coastal communities.
Caroline Price, RYA Planning and Environment Manager “The RYA will be responding to the consultation once we have examined the draft plans and drawn input from the regions.
“It is equally important however, that the MMO receives comments from local boaters. A lot of leisure boating takes place on the East coast and so it’s critical that recreational boating is a significant consideration in these marine plans”.
Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon said: “We are doing more than ever to protect our marine environment. Effective marine planning is a crucial part of this, and provides benefits for people, industry and wildlife. I would encourage everyone with an interest to take part in the consultation.”
The MMO says the views of all those with an interest in the East marine areas are vital to the plan making process. As well as offering an online consultation tool, there are nine drop-in sessions along the East coast to ensure as many people as possible know about the draft plans and have their say. We also have a short animation film to explain marine planning.
The sessions will run from 10am-8pm at the following locations:
- Tuesday 23 July, Felixstowe Town Hall
- Wednesday 24 July, Slaughden Sailing Club, Aldeburgh
- Thursday 25 July, Orbis Centre, Lowestoft
- Tuesday 30 July, Alderman Peel High School Nr Wells next Sea
- Wednesday 31 July, Your Business networks, Kings Lynn
- Thursday 1 August, Black Sluice Centre, Boston
- Tuesday 6 August, North Shore Hotel and Golf Club, Nr Skegness
- Wednesday 7 August, Grimsby Town Hall
- Thursday 8 August, The Deep, Hull.