24th June 2021

The meeting was held from 11.00am-3.00pm via Zoom.

Key points:

  • New representatives from member councils and to our newest member council, Isle of Wight were welcomed to the LGA Coastal SIG.
  • Members agreed to support the paper put forward by Bryan Curtis, Chair of the Coastal Group Network to ask for the re-establishment of the CoRDDi Group.
  • Members were updated that on the Government’s adoption of published Marine Plans for the North East, North West, South East and South West, meaning all England’s seas are covered for the first time.
  • Members were made aware of a Call for Evidence by Defra this summer regarding activities exempt from marine licensing.
  • Members were updated that the technical phase of the SMP review has been completed and the local consultation phase is beginning.
  • Water safety concerns and planning were discussed ahead of what is likely to be the busiest summer ever, with a national update given by the RNLI and local successes shared by Dorset Council.
  • The Visitor Behaviour Member Champion will be circulating a short survey to gather information on the local situation relating to visitor behaviour.
  • DCMS have published their tourism recovery plan that superceeds the tourism sector deal.
  • An engaging presentation on the pilot Surf Conservation Area being proposed in North Devon was delivered and gained support in principle from Members.
  • Representatives were presented with an introduction to Dorset ahead of our field trip in September. Booking information will follow shortly. The field trip is being organised by Dorset Council.
  • Comedian Joe Lycett presented his campaign on the sale of cheap bodyboards and the implementation of local voluntary bans. Members were filmed discussing the issue which will be aired later in the year as part of the Channel 4’s Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back programme.

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