Archives for: July 2008

24/07/08

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EFRA COMMITTEE ISSUES REPORT ON COASTAL ACCESS PROVISIONS CONTAINED WITHIN THE DRAFT MARINE BILL

On 22 July 2008 the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee issued a report following its pre-legislative scrutiny of the coastal access provisions contained in the draft Marine Bill.
The report entitled Draft Marine Bill: Coastal Access Provisions has been published on the Parliamentary website and can be read and downloaded at the following address together with a copy of the written and oral evidence presented to the Committee: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environment__food_and_rural_affairs/efra_draft_marine_bill.cfm
The Government will respond to the report after carefully considering the recommendations made in the report.
The draft Marine Bill (including the coastal access proposals) was also scrutinised by a Joint Committee made up of members from both Houses. The Joint Committee’s report is expected to be published at the end of July and will be available to view on the Parliamentary website at:
http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/parliamentary_committees36.cfm
If you have any queries on the above please telephone 0117 372 8449 or email our coastal access email address: Coastal.access@defra.gsi.gov.uk

15/07/08

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Mat Roberts,

a former editor of CMA's RANGER magazine and CMA regional chairman during his time in Wales, has been appointed as Rural Estate Operations Manager for Landmarc Support Services. He brings his support of the CMA to Landmarc where he will be responsible for the rural elements of the Defence Training Estates throughout Great Britain.

The estate runs to over 220,000 Ha and includes 120 sites, 111 SSSI’s (73,000 Ha) , 782 SAMs, over a thousand Km of public rights of way, 11,000 plus Ha of woodland, 40,000+ designated as SPA, 58,635 Ha of Special Areas of conservation.

Landmarc Support Services Limited is a joint venture company between Interserve Defence Ltd and American firm, CSC Applied Technology Division. It was created in March 2003 specifically to deliver Project Vanguard, a 10 – 15 year strategic partnering project to provide a range of comprehensive and unique facilities management and support services to the MoD's Defence Training Estate (DTE). Project Vanguard, the MOD name for the Landmarc partnership, is worth £600 million and at the time of award was one of the largest public private partnership (PPP) ever awarded by the government.

Part of Defence Estates, the DTE is primarily used for Defence training, enabling front-line experience for our armed forces on a wide variety of terrains under diverse operational conditions. Landmarc, in conjunction with its strategic partners, manages, maintains and operates around 120 camps and all training facilities across 10 DTE regions.In partnership with DTE, Landmarc aims to provide the highest level of service to the army, working together to enable safe, sustainable and effective military training. In 2007 Landmarc and Defence Training Estates won both the Partners in Multi Services and the Overall Partnership Award at the prestigious Premises and Facilities Management (PFM) Awards.

02/07/08

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Epping Forest appoints new Superintendent

The City of London has appointed former CMA Treasurer Paul Thomson as the new Superintendent of Epping Forest.
Paul will take up the post on 1 September 2008 and replaces another CMA champion, Mat Roberts, as the ninth Superintendent since the City of London took responsibility for Epping Forest in 1878.
Paul will be joining Epping Forest from Hampshire County Council's Countryside Service where he was Team Leader responsible for the County's flagship sites. Before that Paul worked with the Countryside Agency with responsibility for Protected Landscapes and as Parks and Countryside Service Manager for Herefordshire Unitary Authority.
In his role as Superintendent, Paul will be responsible for the management and conservation of the 8,000 acres of Epping Forest.

01/07/08

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International Ranger Federation (IRF) Sixth World Ranger Congress 2009

The IRF has made a renewed commitment to the Bolivia Ranger Association for hosting the Sixth World Ranger Congress in 2009. The non-profit funding organization that supports Bolivian parks is providing the Congress organisational staff. The IRF wish to continue with Bolivia as the venue for the 2009 Congress and they are committed to having a signed contract for logistical coordination and a web site active by the end of July. However, they have agreed to move the date of the Congress to November 2009 rather than March and they hope that Congress registration will be open by August 2008.

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