Category Archives: regulation

A Day by the Seaside

Yes we all like to be beside the seaside! And I hit it right on a recent visit to our Cross Gill site at Blackhall Rocks, just north of Hartlepool  – spending a wonderful couple of hours reviewing the management … Continue reading

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Red Tape Challenge – Environment Theme

Here we go with the first smallish announcement of the many to come this week from the Government on deregulation. This is the Red Tape Challenge, and Defra has just published the report with recommendations for simplifying regulations that are … Continue reading

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Droughts, Nitrates and the Habitats Regulations

Across central and southern England, rainfall in January was again below average  – the Met Office produces excellent anomaly maps here. The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology produces a monthly hydrological review which was published yesterday.This confirms that drought conditions … Continue reading

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The Red Tape Challenge Grinds on: Where will it end?

  Last week the Guardian reported that my MP Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office Minister, had met with officials from Natural England and the Environment Agency. Apparently he proposed that all environmental (wildlife, landscape, air pollution, noise etc etc) guidance … Continue reading

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Deregulation: RBS, Bonuses and the Big Bang

Just to recap then, the Royal Bank of Scotland went bust because of the gambling culture that had developed in the financial services industry. This came about because of deregulation in the late 1980s – at the time it was … Continue reading

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The Government’s Conflicted State on Biodiversity

I just wrote this for former Labour biodiversity minister Barry Gardiner MP’s IPOAK website – I don’t know when he’ll post it but you can read it here now. The new England Biodiversity Strategy “Biodiversity 2020” and the conflict at … Continue reading

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The Emasculation of Natural England Part 2 continued

There is some media interest in the story about Natural England being converted into a delivery agency for “sustainable” development today. The Tory(?)graph got it wrong, as usual, as it suggested the new restrictions were on time limits for … Continue reading

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