Consultations and Petitions

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Consultations

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.


Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee: Regional Marine Planning call for views

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has published an interim report on its inquiry into regional marine planning in Scotland.

The Committee has set out a series of questions in the ‘Summary and next steps’ section (on pages 1-3 of the report). The Committee would be interested to hear your views on these issues. This will help to inform the next phase of its inquiry.

Written responses should be sent electronically, in the template format only, to ecclr_inquiries@parliament.scot. Ideally, they should be no more than two sides of A4.

Opening date: 26/06/2020
Closing date: 31/08/2020


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 members, associates and supporters are listed below.

Save dolphins, porpoises and seals from Scottish salmon farms

David & Jean Ainsley started this petition to Roseanna Cunningham Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Environment.

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

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.

West Jura petiton

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 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 https://www.arrancoast.com/north-arran-salmon-farm-campaign/ for more information.

COAST petition