Partnership Challenges

What are the key challenges in running a Marine Planning Partnership? 

Does everyone have an equal say in decisions? 

Are there geographical challenges?

How are disagreements resolved?

Why the contribution is important

The Committee want sto understand what is working well with Marine Planning Partnerships and what could work better in future. 

by ScotParlCEU on November 15, 2019 at 02:38PM

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  • Posted by TheresaNelson November 27, 2019 at 22:01

    A main challenge is how to get out to people in general that there is such a thing as regional marine plans.

    And even harder is for people to understand exactly what the purpose of the regional marine plan is. At the meeting in Troon on 24 November many attending were asking that very question - What is the purpose of the CMPP?
  • Posted by OrkneyMarinePlanning December 13, 2019 at 10:00

    Partnership challenges: It is a large responsibility to take on a Delegate role as there needs to be an appropriate mechanism not only to prepare the Plan and its many supporting documents, but also the requirement to act as a statutory consultee of marine licences and capacity to respond to other consultation such as Crown Estate leases, MPA/SPA/SAC proposals etc.
    The distance some participants would have to travel e.g. for Highland or Island regional marine planning groups, whether in a Delegate or Advisory Group role, could be an issue. Whilst the use of technology can help, it is not always reliable and physical attendance tends to be more productive and effective for this type of work.
  • Posted by BillMowat December 20, 2019 at 16:29

    It is important that there is real co-operation between adjoining authorities .. or at least one with part of another.

    Gills Harbour Ltd is a community incorporated body owning and operating a small port on the Scottish Mainland shores of the Pentland Firth.

    As this is ...by far... the busiest through international trade route in/off Scotland, it is important that it is seen as 'one' : after all the old folks here always said that the ea unities, not divides.

    The supertankers ... crude oil ... sailing to the terminal at Flotta pose just as much risk to NE Caithness as to Orkney.

    In the early days of the terminal this was recognised and there was a sizeable investment from the North Sea oil funds into Gills Harbour's facilities: ones that have been amplified since by only investment from the private sector.

    This has led to Scotland most successful 'Mainland to island group' year-round thrice-daily ROPAX ferry service being established here.

    But GHL's Action Plan devised with help from the University of the Highlands & Islands (ERI) and *Inverness-based Mackay Consultants (International business, often doing work for World Bank) state that our GHL policy of a three-way future for Gills H and environs is correct and the Highland Council has in its adopted Caithness & Sutherland Plan (CaSPlan) has listed the Harbour as being the centre of a new Gills Bay Economic Development Zone ... its first in rural NE Caithness.
    We have done most of the ackground witout re-dress to public money and remain proud of our role in the establishment, research and workings of the largest sub0sea tidal stream 'green' energy project (MeyGen site is only 1.5 m from harbour entrance).

    What we need now is unequivocal ... and public.... backing from bodies such as Highlands & Islands Enterprise, whch seesm to spend most of its public money on booming Inverness rather than in an historically-enterprising area where the on-the-ground population is ony c. 30% of what it was in Edwardian times when the 'original' 135 m (150 yrs) long Gills Pier was built with a 30% (again,co-incidental) contribution from a Central UK Govt. body that was restricted in its spending to needy peripheral 'crofting' areas.

    And we need pressure from the Scottish Govt. that places like this ... which accept half of the risk of oil-pollution from 'terminating' crude-oil tanker traffic ... have a right to access any non-public sector funds that are held in Trust in this instance by OIC.

    We also need some help in being able to secure some help in being able to gain ownership ... or long-lease ... of adjoining inter-tidal foreshore. This is part of a predominantly crofting estate whose American owner has not replied to her lawyer nor estate manager for almost 20 years.
      
     
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