Press Release – Coastal SIG AGM

Earlier in the month, over 30 officers and councillors from coastal authorities across the UK gathered for the Coastal SIG’s annual general meeting and study tour. The trip was hosted and organised by the Environment Team from Cornwall Council.

Cllr Andy Smith, vice chair of the UK Coastal Special Interest Group said:

“As vice chair of the coastal special interest group of the national Local Government Association (LGA) we had a hugely enjoyable and informative visit to Cornwall and will take home wonderful memories of our visit, both professional and personal. We have seen at first hand how Cornwall is responding to the challenges facing the maritime environment. We have had a range of presentations and visits to places such as Pendennis to view the work being undertaken on super yachts, Hayle Harbour to view the renewable energy developments, and the Fal Estuary to experience the quality of the environment and pressures upon it. I would like to thank and congratulate the many organisations which have contributed to the event and particularly Cornwall Council, demonstrating their unique and innovative approaches to maritime management.”

Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio holder for Environment, Heritage & Planning noted:

“We have been very grateful to welcome this national group to Cornwall. It’s been a chance for Cornwall to showcase the environment, the economy and the social aspects relating to our wonderful maritime environment.”

I’d really like to thank the sponsors who have generously contributed to this event; A&P, Falmouth Hotel and Braemer Howells.

 For more information please contact Veryan Jones on 01872 224346,

AGM 2013 - Group photo

News Item: Marine Planning Newsletter – Issue 14

The MMO have published issue 14 of their Marine Planning Newsletter. This issue of the newsletter includes items on:

  • The Draft East Inshore and East Offshore marine plans;
  • Gathering evidence for the South marine plans;
  • Partnership working; and
  • Evidence gathering projects.

The newsletter can be viewed from the MMO’s website below.

News item: Selection of Marine Conservation Zones – Parliamentary Briefing

Marine Conservation Zones may contribute to the protection and recovery of the marine environment. The UK Parliament Postnote on MCZs (June 2013) examines the process and approach used to select and designate zones, and the difficulties in identifying and managing suitable areas.