Ministerial Direction given to the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership

The Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP), which was established on 10th February 2016, is pleased to announce that Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, has signed the Ministerial Direction which delegates the functions of regional marine planning for the Clyde Marine Region to the CMPP and its 11 public authority members.

The Direction allows the organisations to undertake the regional marine planning functions detailed in the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, including the development of a marine plan for the area. The role involves:

  • Assessing the condition of the region
  • Setting economic, social, marine ecosystem and climate change policies
  • Keeping under review the impacts of those policies

Isabel Glasgow, Chair of the CMPP said, “We are delighted to have received the Direction from the Cabinet Secretary. This represents a significant step for the CMPP. We very much look forward to working with the public and stakeholders to create a meaningful Plan for the benefit of the whole region.”

The CMPP will shortly release a Statement of Public Participation which will outline the planning process over the next 3 years and list the opportunities for the public and other stakeholders to be involved in shaping the objectives and policies of the final Plan. There will be a series of public and stakeholder events as well as a formal consultation process which will ensure that people have the opportunity to have their voices heard.

Isabel went on to say, “The Clyde is one of the first of the 11 marine regions in Scotland to begin regional marine planning. Public awareness raising and effective engagement is vital to this process, but it will be a very real challenge; marine planning is not only a new concept to most of the people of the region but there are very large numbers involved. However, we are planning to use innovative techniques which will make best use of our resources to reach out to as many people as possible. We welcome feedback and encourage everyone to sign up to our newsletter which will ensure you stay up to date on relevant news.”

For more information and updates on the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership, please sign up to the mailing list at the top of this page. For the Marine Scotland page on the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership, please visit: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/seamanagement/regional/partnerships/Clyde.

For further information please contact: info@clydemarineplan.scot, or call Sinead Sheridan on 0141 951 0821.