information on current projects and initiatives, press releases, events and new publications. LAST UPDATED 19 June, 2018
The Norfolk Coast Partnership is taking part in this year's Norfolk Show on Wed 27-Thur 28 June, sharing a 'Mini Deepdale' stand with some of our local tourism businesses (Deepdale Backpackers and Camping, Dalegate Market, MarGins Glamp and Walk and Retro Camping Norfolk). This is particularly appropriate as 'the coast' is one of the main themes of the show for this year which is the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Norfolk Coast area of outstanding natural beauty. If you are at the show, please come and find us to say hello, we are at stand no. 230 at the north end of Avenue 9.
New coast bus operators
From the 30th April 2018 the famous Coasthopper bus service has changed operator from Stagecoach. The service will be run as a joint operation between Lynx buses operating the service between King's Lynn and Wells under the Coastliner branding and Sanders Coaches operating between Wells and Cromer (*with links to Mundesley and North Walsham) under the Coasthopper branding. Further details about the service in the public transport section.
Natural England response to Coastal Access concerns
Natural Englans says:
'Natural England is currently consulting on its proposals for the England Coast Path between Weybourne and Hunstanton. Unfortunately however a misleading article in the Sunday Times on the 22nd of April suggested these propose a total ban on access to areas of salt marsh. This is not the case and has created a lot of confusion and concern amongst local walkers and common rights holders. Natural England would like to correct this misunderstanding and reassure local people that the proposals do not affect any existing access to the marshes for common rights holders or walkers using the marshes through informal agreement with the landowners.' The full response can be read in the PDF below. May 2, 2018
50th anniversary of Norfolk Coast AONB
On April 8, 2018 the celebrations of the Norfolk Coast AONB 50th anniversary were kicked off at Cley with the launch of a book of poems and pictures titled Walk With Me. Find out more about the 50th anniversary
NFU Farming Conference
Secretary of State Michael Gove sets out the direction of travel for our farming industry at the NFU Farming Conference 2018. 'We want a healthy and beautiful countryside, producing food that makes us healthier as individuals, in a society which has a healthier attitude towards the natural world, an attitude that values permanence, where we wish to preserve and enhance natural capital and where we value the traditions and the virtues of rural life.' Michael Gove's full speech can be read on https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/a-brighter-future-for-farming
Development in AONBs
A debate in the House of Commons about development in the AONB received this response from the DCLG (now DHCLG!): "Areas of outstanding natural beauty have the highest status of environmental protection in the national planning policy framework, which states: "Great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty". In the year to March 2016, only 0.2 per cent of the Chilterns AONB was given to residential buildings. I can confirm that the Government are committed to retaining this protection, and it will not be weakened through our planning reforms. The interpretation of the NPPF protection for AONBs is in the first instance for the local authority to determine and thereafter, if relevant, for the planning inspector."
See the 1st PMQs of the 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvABRub3_io&index=1&list=PL40441042C458B62B
Paralytic shellfish poisoning incidents
Eastern IFCA (Insore Fisheries and Conservation Authority) have issued a press release on their website at http://www.eastern-ifca.gov.uk/paralytic-shellfish-poisoning-incidents/ .
Advice extracted from the press release: There is no risk from the presence of PSP toxins in seawater, and the test results from sampling undertaken so far does not indicate that such contamination currently exists. Recreational users of the coast, in particular dog walkers, are advised to take simple precautions to prevent their pets from consuming anything found on a beach. Whilst walking on the coast, these may include keeping their pets under close control, on leads or muzzled, if considered appropriate.
Dr Andrew Turner, from Cefas, said: 'There is no risk to people or animals from the seawater. The only risk is from ingesting PSP-contaminated animals found on the beach, so simple precautions should be followed to ensure that pets and people do not eat anything they find on the beach.'
National Assocation of AONB Annual Report
As part of the NAAONB response to the Prime Minister's announcement on the Defra 25-year plan, we published our annual report on the work undertaken by the AONB Family in 2017. The report shows that over 2.2m people visited an AONB last year and 108,760 hectares of countryside were improved for nature and wildlife. Facts that chime well with the content of the PM's speech. The Annual Report can be viewed on http://www.landscapesforlife.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Annual-Report-2017.pdf
Defra's 25 year plan
Defra's 25-year environment plan 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to
Improve the Environment' is now available. The document can be found on the www.gov.uk website at www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/673203/25-year-environment
Rationalising the Main River Network update
The Environment Agency has been working with a number of internal drainage boards (IDBs), lead local flood authorities (LLFAs to consider the option of re-designating several sections of watercourse, in a number of locations across England, from main river to ordinary watercourse – a term we refer to as de-maining. Consultation on the proposals to re-designate stretches of the main river watercourse to an ordinary watercourse in Suffolk will begin in January 2018. We will be following a different timeline for the Norfolk watercourses, with formal consultation now taking place later in 2018, once the proposals are fully developed and approved. The watercourses in Norfolk that the proposals affect are:
- the River Hun near Holme next the Sea
- the River Stiffkey near Great Snoring
- the River Tiffey (also known as Bays River) near Wymondham
- Tunstall Dyke near Acle
- Waxham Cut near Sea Palling
- the Wendling Beck near Dereham
- the River Tud, west of Norwich
- the River Whitewater near Reepham
- Spixworth Beck, north of Norwich
- Stone Beck, north of Norwich
- the River Blackwater near Cranworth
Marie Coleman RMRN Pilot Lead, Tel: 02084 747960, Email: PSOENS@environment-agency.gov.uk
New report on housing in AONBs published
The CPRE and our National Association of AONBs have today published a review of housing in AONBs. An Independent Review of Housing In England's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty 2012-2017.
In response to the just-published national independent review of housing development in areas of outstanding natural beauty Estelle Hook, acting Manager of the Norfolk Coast Partnership said: "The Norfolk coast is cherished for its landscape which includes a range of housing including modest vernacular buildings. Our aim is to ensure appropriate development maintains this special character, with enough affordable homes to make sure the area stays a living place, not a museum. We do this through working with all partners through our long term, statutory management plan for the coast. (Further information in the Planning section)
Plant recording volunteers
Plantlife are looking for volunteers to record plants in square kilometre plots all over the country as part of the National Plant monitoring scheme. No botanical skills or qualifications are needed - see their poster to discover more about the project.