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Current Work

Every year the Solent Forum Steering Group agree the annual work programme for the Solent Forum Officers. The work undertaken is dependent upon both staff time and financial resources. There is currently one full time Solent Forum Manager and two part time Solent Forum Officers who share the project workload. From time to time we also take on student placements who assist us with specific deliverables.

The Forum's work programme consists of core services and their development and project work when funding allows.  Progress made is reported in the Forum's Annual report which is produced in March each year.  This sets out what has been achieved in the last financial year and the work programme for the forthcoming year.

The table below illustrates our proposed 13/14 project programme.  Contact the Forum Office for further details on these projects.

2013/14 Project Work

Marine Planning
The Forum has been working with the Marine Management Organisations to run workshops to help deliver the south inshore and offshore marine plans.

SEMS Management Scheme

The Solent European Marine Sites Management Group (SEMS MG) of relevant authorities meet in September each year to discuss and agree the SEMS Annual Delivery Plan. The Delivery Plan is based on the annual online monitoring survey which the SEMS MG undertake each spring. The Strategic Stakeholder Group representing the wider Solent community are consulted on the Delivery Plan. A SEMS Newsletter is produced each spring. View February 2013 Newsletter.

Solent Disturbance and Mitigation Project
This work is led by the Natural Environment Group. In August 2013, the SDMP project published a Briefing Note. The purpose of this note is to provide an overview of the implications of the Habitat Regulations for residential development close to the Solent coastline, and how the Project has been taken forward to provide an evidence base and inform a way forward. The Note has been sent to all Local planning Authorities with a covering letter. See http://www.solentforum.org/forum/sub_groups/Natural_Environment_Group/Disturbance_and_Mitigation_Project/ for more details.
CCATCH the Solent Hampshire County Council is working in partnership with others to consider what these changes mean to local communities around the Solent. The ‘CCATCH – the Solent’ project will focus on 6 discrete stretches of coast and will involve all sectors of the local community in developing a plan for the future of the coastal area. The project forms part of a larger European funded project led by the Environment Agency (EA) titled ‘Coastal Communities 2150 and Beyond’ (CC2150). Hampshire County Council is leading the Project Overview Group which will steer the work programme. This includes the Environment Agency, Natural England, Solent Coastal Authorities, Channel Coastal Observatory and the Solent Forum.