Open Consultations

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If you want to influence government decisions and policies relating to issues you are concerned about within Scotland, then responding to government consultations is one way to do so.

Consultation responses are a good way to get your community’s voice heard on local and national issues that are important to you, and they can also help with organising your group or seeking clarity and consensus around issues your community wants to speak on collectively.

Below are relevant (marine/coastal/environmental/community empowerment) consultations which may be of interest to you or your coastal community group.

You can also visit Citizen Space – the Scottish Government’s consultation hub – which lists all consultations, or sign up for their consultation email updates.

What: The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, wants to hear from you on the general principles of the Scottish Crown Estate Bill which the Scottish Government introduced on 24 January 2018. Full details can be read here.

The Committee is keen to hear views on the content of the Bill as drafted. Specifically, the Committee would like comment on:

• Does the Bill allow Crown Estate Scotland, or a delegated manager, to appropriately manage the Scottish assets?
• Are the powers to allow the transfer of the management function appropriate?
• Are the managers’ powers and duties as listed in the Bill appropriate?
• Should any additional power or function of the Scottish Crown Estate not currently provided for in the Bill which should be included?

Opening date: 09 February 2018

Closing date: 23 March 2018

Responses published on: TBC

What: The Committee is seeking responses to the following questions on this issue:

1. How important are the EU principles of:

  • the precautionary principle
  • preventive action
  • environmental damage should as a priority be rectified at source
  • the polluter should pay
  • animal sentience.

2. How and where have these principles had an impact on environmental and animal welfare policy in Scotland?

3. Views on the appropriateness of retaining/adopting/enshrining these EU principles in law or alternative principles/approaches that could be adopted.

4. Views on if and how environmental principles could and should be enshrined in law in Scotland and enforced.

5. Examples of where key environmental principles have been enshrined in domestic legislation elsewhere.

Written submissions requested by email – more here.

Opening date: 5th March 2018

Closing date: 29th March 2018

Responses published on: TBC

What: CES are currently developing a new pilot scheme that will improve their understanding of how local authorities, development trusts and other bodies can manage assets in their local area. Their three-year corporate plan sets out the commitment to test different methods of managing assets, empowering communities and giving local people more say in decisions that impact the land, coastline and sea near where they live.

They have appointed Argyll-based Sarah Brown of C2W Consulting to support by providing advice, defining criteria for selecting pilots and ensuring the scheme is informed by consultation and engagement. Sarah has established a set of draft criteria and clear process and CES are now seeking views from tenants, community organisations, local authorities and others. The aim is to launch a scheme that is inclusive, robust and transparent, in summer 2018.  View the report and feedback information here.

Opening Date: 5th March 2018

Closing date: 16th April 2018

Responses published on: TBC, scheme expected to launch June 2018.

What: The REC committee’s remit is to consider the current state of salmon industry in Scotland, identify opportunities for its future development and explore how the various fish health and environmental challenges it currently faces can be addressed. More details and documents here.

The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee invites all interested individuals and organisations to submit written evidence to its inquiry into salmon farming in Scotland. During the inquiry, the Committee intends to:
  • gather information on the current state of the industry;
  • identify opportunities for its future development; and
  • explore how the various fish health, environmental and other challenges it currently faces can be addressed.

Opening date: 08 February 2018

Closing date: 27 April 2018

Responses published on: TBC