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Wales to have single environment agency

Plans to bring the Countryside Council for Wales; Environment Agency Wales; and Forestry Commission Wales together into one single environment organisation for Wales have been approved. Welsh environment minister John

Griffiths agreed to the plans following nine months of scoping work undertaken by rep- resentatives of the three organisations. It is thought the move will result in sav-

ings of up to £158m over 10-years, with a consultation into the role and functions of the new body to be undertaken.

Two options for Sussex scheme

Eastbourne Borough Council’s (EBC) cabinet has agreed to draw up detailed business cases for two of the potential redevelopment options for the town’s Devonshire Park. A number of designs for

the scheme were drawn up by London-based Marks Barfield Architects and the local authority has said it will now explore Options Two and Four in further detail. Proposals being considered

by EBC incorporate improved facilities for the international tennis tournament, which could also see the possible relocation of cen- tre court within the park. New cafés, restaurants and visitors spaces;

Improved tennis facilities are among the proposals for Devonshire Park

an exhibition/conference venue; improvements to the Congress Teatre and Winter Gardens; and upgraded seafront links are also mooted. It is anticipated that the capital cost of the

Te path is to run around the entire Welsh coast

May launch for new Wales Coast Path

A path providing a continuous 870-mile (1,400km) route around the entire coast of Wales, from Chepstow in the south to Chester in the north, is to open in May. Te Welsh Assembly Government has

led the scheme through the Coastal Access Improvement Programme, while European Union funding has also been provided. It is expected that the Wales Coast Path

will establish itself a “significant” asset for the Welsh tourism industry, while also leading to the creation of circular routes heading inland to towns and villages.

Park planned for Twickenham pool site

A new riverside park and public space will be created on the site of a former swimming pool in Twickenham, London, under plans revealed by Richmond Council. Te Jubilee Gardens project will include

a grassed area behind Café Sunshine and parkland in front of the old diving board, which is to be retained to mark long-run- ning efforts to reopen the facility. Meanwhile, a section close to the old

changing rooms is to be paved to create a public square. Te council’s plans have been shaped by local people and businesses.


schemes will range between £30m and £43m, with the fourth option currently deemed to be the most expensive. EBC leader David Tutt said: “We now have

two options that will be subject to further anal- ysis to establish the long term benefits and viability.” Details:

£1.15m boost for Belfast Hills LP plans

Nearly 30 individual projects that form part of the Belfast Hills Landscape Partnership (LP) scheme will benefit from £1.15m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). In 2010, the partnership’s

proposals were awarded initial support and have now secured a full grant from the funding agency, following 12 months of detailed planning. Te Belfast Hills LP scheme

comprises more than 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of hills that surround Belfast, Lisburn, Newtonabbey and Antrim, including a number of public sites. A total of 29 projects involving the conser-

vation and restoration of built and natural heritage features are proposed, along with new and upgraded access routes.

Belfast Hills’ Landscape Partnership incorporates a total of 29 projects Belfast Hills development manager Dr Lizzy

Pinkerton said: “Te LP scheme will be the impetus for an ongoing process of growth and development that will result in a sustainable legacy for our landscape and its people.”

Lake District announces new management plan

A consortium of partner organisations and local councils have published a “radical” man- agement plan for the Lake District National Park, which covers the next two decades. Te Lake District National Park Partnership comprises more than 20 agencies and is one

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of the first organisations of its kind that have come together as part of a joint approach. Among the main areas of focus for the new

plan is sustainable tourism and visitor facilities, as well as farming and forestry; transport and movement; and employment and business.

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