Argyll Array SPA/MPA Status put on hold...Why?

Karl Hughes made this Freedom of Information request to Scottish Natural Heritage

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Dear Scottish Natural Heritage,

JNCC recommend that the inshore waters to 12 miles out are adopted as a SPA...due to (amongst other species) the internationally important wintering populations of Great Northern Divers...this recommendation was made in August 2009. This was not mentioned in your reply to Scottish Power Renewables application to scope.

WHY was it left out of your correspondance with both Marine Scotland and the developer SCottish Power Renewables (Iberdrola) ?

Secondly. following a review of the Scottish sea's by the JNCC..The Skerryvore reef and area surrounding, met and exceeded the criteria for status as a MPA. Marine Protection Area.

WHY was this too left out of your correspondance with both Marine Scotland and the developer Scottish Power Renewables (Iberdrola) ?

Could you please explain why is there a delay in adoption of these to accreditations ?

I am aware that under European Law both status's apply as soon as adoption criteria is met...as a consultee have you made the aformentioned clear (documented) to Marine Scotland and the developer Scottish Power Renewables ?

I would like a list of all correspondance between you and the Scottish government and it's Marine Scotland Office in relation to the:

Tiree and Skerryvore area MPA status and SPA status.

I also request a time scale for completion of adoption ?

A final question: is the delay of such adoptions directly or indirectly linked to the proposed construction of the Argyll Array ?

Regards

Karl Hughes

Yours faithfully,

Karl Hughes

FOI, Scottish Natural Heritage

Dear Mr Hughes,

Thank you for your information request. We will reply to you as soon as possible and in any case by 18 June.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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FOI, Scottish Natural Heritage

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Dear Mr Hughes,

Thank you for your information request.  I've attached our response.

If you have any problems accessing either of the documents please don't
hesitate to let me know and I'll be very happy to assist.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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