Date lodged: 28 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the membership of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership achieves parity between all stakeholders; who will be responsible for this and, if applications for membership are rejected, what appeal process will be available.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 15 August 2016
The Marine Scotland Act 2010 requires that any group to whom marine planning powers are delegated should include representatives with an interest in the protection and enhancement of the region, its use for recreation and its use for commercial purposes. Scottish Ministers intend to delegate regional marine planning powers to the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) by a ministerial direction, which will require the CMPP to set out its governance arrangements within its constitution, and for Scottish Ministers to be notified of any changes in membership. The CMPP constitution and details of current membership is available on Marine Scotland’s webpage at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/seamanagement/regional/partnerships/Clyde and will also be available on the new CMPP website expected to be launched in August 2016. http://www.clydemarineplan.scot/
Membership of the CMPP is open to the previous Firth of Clyde Forum members and any other body or person that meets the criteria set out in the constitution and wishes to apply. Decisions on applications for membership are for the CMPP to make. Should a membership application be rejected, the CMPP will provide reasons for the decision and the applicant is free to reapply if they wish to do so.