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Local Nature Reserves
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Mrs Deanne Cunningham, Team Leader (Heritage, Landscape and Design) presented her report which scoped the requirements for the creation of additional Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) and set out a list of sites identified in a recent Member Survey.
The Committee noted that an additional four sites were included in the Maidstone Borough Council Annual Monitoring Report 2017 as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report. However, if Members wanted to move forward with a programme for creating new LNRs and strengthening policy, then a robust evidence base would be required with a framework for assessment. In addition a Consultant would need to be appointed to carry out a full feasibility study.
Councillor Adkinson spoke on this item as a Visiting Member.
The Chairman read out a statement from Councillor Round who could not be present and made the following points:-
He drew attention to the work done at Policy and
Resources Committee in respect of the Medway Flood Action Plan to
reduce the risk of harm from flooding.
· He advised that the Headcorn Parish Council, Ward Members and other agencies were working together to improve an area along the Headcorn Beult SSSI with the objective to provide a public area for conservation and wildlife.
In the proceeding discussion, Members made the following comments:-
Once the Bio-Diversity Action Plan had been agreed a
further report on Nature Reserves should be considered to
reconsider areas eligible to become nature reserves, including
River Medway corridor.
The Council only had two designated nature reserves
and this needed to be increased.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2017
did not include amendments made to the 10 Year Parks and Open
Spaces Plan but carried a recommendation that the Officer should
make the amendments according to what was said at the
meeting. Therefore a Reference should
be made to the Democracy Committee to request that the Committee
ask for minutes to include all amendments made at Committee
meetings to promote transparency.
The report be
A more detailed evaluation and feasibility
assessment of sites be carried
The 10 year Parks and Open Spaces Plan be published on the Council’s website as soon
The Democracy Committee be requested to look at the value of including any
amendments to a strategic document, that have been moved and agreed
by a Committee, in the minutes to create more transparency.