Consultations and Petitions

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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.

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

This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The proposals in the consultation form part of wider plans for a step-change in our approach to reducing, reusing and recycling materials, as part of our transition to net zero emissions.

There are two parts to the consultation: proposals for a circular economy bill, including measures to charge for items such as single-use disposable beverage cups; and proposals for two secondary regulations, relating to public bodies’ procurement strategies and to increasing the minimum single-use carrier bag charge from 5p to 10p.

Opening date: 7th November 2019

Closing date: 19th December 2019

Submit your response: Online here

The consultation on the Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan 2019 (SIRMP) is your opportunity to feed in to the development of the Draft SIRMP 2019 and to shape future management of the seas around Shetland and to influence the development of marine planning in Scotland.

Development of the SIRMP has been guided by an advisory group (more information on the Marine Planning Partnership, the advisory group and its formation can be found on the Shetland Islands Marine Planning Partnership Page), and there will be 5 public drop-in sessions with representatives from the Shetland Islands Regional Marine Planning Partnership on hand to answer any questions. Find out more here.

Opening date: 9th September 2019

Closing date: 30th December 2019

Submit your response: Online here

This consultation seeks views on the case for designating the West of Scotland as a Deep Sea Marine Reserve; in particular:

1. The scientific cas for the designation of the West of Scotland area

2. The conservation objectives and potential management advice

3. The potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of West of Scotland area

The creation of a Deep Sea Marine Reserve to the West of Scotland would become part of the Scottish Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. If taken forward to designation, the site would be underpinned by the powers in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. In legal terms, this means that it would have the same status as the other existing Marine Protected Areas in offshore waters.

Opening date: 27th September 2019

Closing date: 31st December 2019

Submit your response: Online here

This consultation further explores methods for how SEPA assess the organic load from a marine pen fish farm to ensure organic residues from farms do not negatively impact local environments.

SEPA intends to provide certainty and transparency to site operators, regulators and communities and are asking for responses to options for approaches from the broadest possible group of stakeholders with interests in the regulation of the sector.

Opening date: 3rd October 2019

Closing date: 17th January 2020

Submit your response: Online here

Relevant Petitions

Online petitions can be an excellent way to show public support for, or against, something and some can even be debated in Holyrood or Westminster if they receive a certain level of support.

Open petitions shared by Network members, associates or friends and supporters are listed below.

Protect Clyde Marine Life: STOP PeelPorts Oil-Rig Decommissioning Facility

Holly Atterson started this petition to North Ayrshire Council and 3 others

I’ll start off by posting a link to the YouTube video that CessCon Decom has uploaded with the proposed extensions to the Fairlie site.  When you watch it, I’m sure you’ll be equally as terrified of the potential consequences of this business venture. If you appreciate the beauty of the Clyde and all its amazing creatures, visiting Largs and Fairlie beach, Arran and cycling round Millport in the summer, you deserve to have a say in this.

Please do not turn a blind eye to the destruction of the marine environment and the protected species within.


Save dolphins, porpoises and seals from Scottish salmon farms

Porpoises, dolphins and whales are being driven from feeding grounds and can be deafened by Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) used by salmon farms.  These mammals echolocate to find food, and if deafened will starve.

Most Scottish farms use cheap single nets. Dead fish accumulate and tempt seals to bite salmon through the net. 121 of 172 farms use ADDs (outputting over 179 decibels) to deter seals, but because ADDs are not very effective, farmers using ADDs also shoot seals.


Stop Proposed Fish farm on West coast of Jura

To: Scottish Environment and Protection Agency (SEPA) & Argyll and Bute Planning Council.

We are asking SEPA and Argyll and Bute Planning council to refuse Kames proposal for a Fish Farm development on the West coast of the Isle of Jura. Why is this important?

The environmental impacts would be devastating for wildlife found on the west coast. The West Coast of Jura is a truly unspoilt wilderness. The chance of escapee fish would be very high given the ferocity of the gales on an extremely exposed site during the winter months.

Please sign the petition.



Halt salmon industry expansion around Arran

Please do not grant permission for new or expanded salmonid production sites in the North Ayrshire Council islands & coastal area.

The Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament have stated in regard to large-scale open-cage salmon production “If the current issues are not addressed this expansion will be unsustainable and may cause irrecoverable damage to the environment.”

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust say that the consequences of large numbers of fish deaths, contamination by fish sewage, food waste, chemicals and medicals will be detrimental to the environment, health and economy of the Isle of Arran and its neighbours. See for more information.