Flora & Fauna International Call on North Ayrshire Council To Protect Biodiversity & Involve Coastal Communities In Hunterston Development Plans

We are delighted to receive the support of Flora & Forna International (FFI) for our #SaveSouthannanSands Campaign calling for environmentally safe and sustainable development of Hunterston Peninsula.

Established over a century ago, FFI is the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organisation supported by a host of distinguished and dedicated patrons, notably including Sir David Attenborough, which has a formidable reputation for a “pioneering science-based approach to conservation with a focus is on protecting the biodiversity of life on Earth, which underpins healthy ecosystems and is critical for the life-support systems that humans and all other species rely on”.

After learning about North Ayrshire Council’s (NAC) plans to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Peel Ports in preparation for the establishment of a Ministerial Task Force, Kerri Whiteside, FFI Lead for the Scottish Coastal Communities Network has written an open letter to the NAC Senior Executive Team asserting the need for developments at Hunterston to apply legal safeguards to protect the Southannan Sands SSSI & resident OSPAR protected species, whilst also reminding them that community consultation should be at the heart of processes as required under the Aarhas Convention.

The letter makes a powerful statement saying: “With the spirit of the Scottish Government’s current intentions to reform community access to marine decision-making in mind, there is surely a great opportunity being missed at present for the North Ayrshire Council to demonstrate how it takes its role seriously in ensuring a robust process is undertaken with regards to the Hunterston PARC. We implore the Council and to uphold its responsibilities to both the local community and the local natural environment, and to ensure that biodiversity protection and community consultation is at the heart of this development’s processes.”

Read the full letter Flora & Fauna International to North Ayrshire Council:

FFI Letter Hunterston PARC_02.03.2021

 

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