LGA Coastal SIG Autumn 2013 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the first edition of the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group Newsletter, autumn 2013.

We aim to keep you informed with the latest news and information on the progress of the Coastal Special Interest Group (SIG).

It has been an exceptionally busy first few months as your new Chairman and it is both a pleasure and a challenge to take on this role. I have attended a wide range of meetings representing the LGA on coastal matters, and been fortunate to meet with a number of very useful contacts at senior levels in the various bodies who work on the coast.

Thanks again to Rupert Clubb and Tom Schindl from East Sussex County Council for their previous hard work and continued support during the handover.

I am very pleased to say we have had a number of expressions of interest from both new and lapsed members. These local authorities and any others who are interested are very welcome to attend the 5th December meeting as our guests, to meet other members of the SIG and see for themselves the type of work that is undertaken by the SIG. We are particularly pleased that the new Defra Minister George Eustice MP has agreed to join us and also Andy Kerrigan Head of the Inshore Licensing Team at the MMO so it should be a very interesting meeting.

We are also delighted that Lucy Williams has now joined us as the new secretary for the SIG, although I am sorry she can’t be at the next meeting due to pre-existing holiday commitments. However she is already proving an invaluable member of the team, and looks forward to meeting you all at the March meeting.

Please feel free to circulate this newsletter to others in your local authority who may be interested and I look forward to seeing you on 5Th December at the LGA office in Smith Square London

Best Wishes

Cllr. Andy Smith
Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group
(e) andy.smith@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk