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The Solent Forum is an independent coastal partnership, established in 1992 to develop a greater understanding among the many local and harbour authorities, user groups, marine businesses and agencies involved in planning and management of the Solent. It assists and advises them in carrying out their functions. The Forum now has over 50 members organisations representing a wide range of sectors.

Events & Notifications

Solent Forum - 15/03/17

The spring meeting of the Solent Forum will take place on 15 March 2017 in Southampton. Please contact the Forum Office if you have agenda items for inclusion. Read More

Natural Environment Group - 27/4/17

The Solent Forum's Natural Environment Group will next meet on 27 April 2017 in Southampton. Read More

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Latest News

South Coast Plans Consultation until 27/1/17

Posted 07/12/2016 15:26

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that the consultation on the Draft South Marine Plans will take place be between 7 November 2016 and 27 January 2017.

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IOW Chain Ferry Retired

Posted 03/01/2017 08:28

The Isle of Wight chain ferry made its final journey on Monday night after operating for 40 years on the Isle of Wight. A £3.5m replacement for the Cowes Floating Bridge is due to enter service in late March. Until then, drivers travelling between West and East Cowes face a 10-mile diversion via Newport, although a replacement launch will operate for foot passengers from Tuesday. The old bridge is moored in the River Medina ready for sale. The Isle of Wight Council said the new ferry, being built in Wales by Mainstay Marine, would carry more vehicles than its predecessor and would make "faster, more regular" crossings.

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