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.

The Scottish Government has started seeking early engagement on the development of Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4). The Scottish Government are encouraging people to take part in this early engagement phase by attending one of a number of events across the country and submitting written comments. A community grant fund has also been launched to give people support to have conversations in their own communities.

You can find a list of all planned NPF4 events and more information about the Application Form for the Community Fund here, including venues and dates. Full information about NPF4 is available on the Scottish Government website here. If you would like to provide written comments, please send them to scotplan@gov.scot.

Opening date: 09/01/2020

Closing date: 30/04/2020

Get involved: online

SEPA is seeking views on their consultation on Significant Water Management Issues for Scotland. This consultation sets out the Government’s assessment of the biggest challenges facing the future of Scotland’s water environment, including rivers, lochs, estuaries, coastal waters and ground waters.

River Basin Planning, and the legislation which underpins it, is the main way that this work will be delivered in Scotland. The Significant Water Management Issues report is an important part of this process, as it proposes the main issues which need to be tackled in the third River Basin Plan, between 2021 and 2027. This will bring wider benefits, reducing waste and pollution by improving resource efficiency and increasing resilience to climate change.

Opening date: 19/12/2019

Closing date: 19/06/2020

Get involved: online

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