Priorities

whitby1. Protect and improve the coastal environment; by

  • Management of coastal lands subject to natural processes such as flood and coastal erosion
  • Allowing natural processes to continue as far as possible
  • Take account of Sea Level Rise, Climate change and its impacts
  • Consider pressures of tourism and recreation
  • The need to obtain a balance between conservation and economic issues
  • Achieve a balance between improving access and the need to keep some areas remote and peaceful
  • Protection of threatened and endangered species and biological diversity in general
  • The need to recreate important habitats in the coastal zone wherever possible
  • Consider and minimise the impact of coastal squeeze, and the evolution of habitats primarily due to sea level rise
  • Water pollution, point and non point source pollution, such as sewerage discharge and agricultural and urban runoff
  • Water quality, ensure that bathing water meets the highest standards possible
  • Seeking to prevent litter, and reduce the impact of beach and marine litter
  • Asset protection i.e. fossils, geology

2. Deliver sustainable shoreline management; through

  • Understanding the structure and dynamics of coastal settlements and of the user groups that depend on the coast and ocean
  • Integration between the forum and other coastal groups
  • Overall strategy for flood and coastal defence, and the implementation of coastal defense schemes
  • The provision of appropriate standards of defence for people and property against loss of life, erosion and flooding where technically, environmentally and economically justifiable and sustainable
  • Ensuring that selected options are compatible with adjacent areas and with coastal processes
  • To monitor the impacts of coastal defences on natural processes
  • To measure the long term response of the coastline through strategic monitoring
  • Being aware of the potential impacts of sea level rise and increased storminess
  • New and sustainable coastal tourism, within an overall strategy for coastal tourism

3. Regulated use of coastal and marine resources; by

  • Management of marine resources on a sustainable basis
  • Minimising the potential adverse impacts on non-renewable resources e.g. ancient monuments, conservation areas and listed buildings and structures
  • Ensuring that development is of an appropriate nature, complies with planning policies and protects the environment
  • Promoting environmentally friendly agricultural practices where appropriate

4. Active attention to coast dependent industries; by

  • Conserving and enhancing where appropriate, tourism, recreational and amenity assets and facilities
  • Sustainable economic development of the coast
  • Addressing social and economic problems and their link to the environment
  • Supporting and developing the local fishing industry (inshore and offshore)

5. Supporting new and sustainable coastal tourism; by

  • Encouraging tourist related development that enhances the special identity of the area, and contributes to the quality of the environment
  • Addressing over crowding of popular areas
  • A balanced approach between improving access and the need to keep some areas remote and peaceful
  • Diversifying and increasing the length of the visitor seasons
  • Improving where appropriate beach access, cliff paths, and sustainable access routes
  • Improving beach facilities, first aid, emergency phones, Public rights of way and associated litter collection
  • Encouraging the provision of visitor facilities in the coastal area, which are appropriate to their settings
  • Maintaining the balance between conservation and economic issues
  • Supporting tourism that meets the socio-economic needs of the coast and the principles of ustainability
  • Ensuring that any new tourism development is consistent with the landscape and environment of the coastal zone
  • Ensure that the principles of sustainability are taken into account in all aspects of tourism provision

6. Managing and promoting coastal recreation; through

  • Prudent Coastal public access
  • Addressing any pressures of tourism and recreation causing damage and disturbance to coastal habitats and increased localised erosion and wear and tear
  • Public safety campaign
  • Public rights of way
  • Assist in development of coastal bylaws (linked to public safety)
  • A strategy for coastal recreation
  • Resolving potential pressures between recreation and nature conservation
  • Examine opportunities for providing recreational activities in a way that protects the environmental characteristics of the coast

7. Support and strengthen management arrangements for the coast; through

  • A consistent policy at and between all levels of administration
  • Funding of the forum and its activities including dedicated officer support
  • Integrating other agencies and stakeholders’ plans; into the Action Plan of the Forum
  • Ensuring consistency and integration of the strategy with those of adjacent areas
  • Developing and deliver an approach that integrates environmental, economic and social interests on the North Yorkshire and Cleveland coast
  • Adopting clear aims and objectives, and enacting responsibilities through a logical, coordinated process

8. Celebrate the coast; by

  • Developing partnerships with Schools, Colleges to encourage interest in our coast
  • Provide on site interpretive, educational information to inform visitors and residents
  • Increasing the profile of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Coast
  • Promoting care and understanding of our coast through science, research, and education
  • The establishment of a center on the coast to provide a focus for the forums growing activities on a local, regional, national and transnational scale in relation to coastal issues

9. To be proactive in seeking agency and public involvement in coastal issues; to

  • Facilitate consultation between those bodies with an interest in the coast
  • Set out arrangements for continued consultation
  • Establish links with possible Regional Government
  • Build the coasts influence in local and national decision making
  • Increase cohesion between dispersed user groups