Could the Goodwins become a Highly Protected Marine Area?

A year ago, the Secretary of State for the Environment commissioned a review into the creation of Highly Protected Marine Areas; areas of sea from which it would be prohibited to carry out destructive and extractive activities, such as the sand mining of the Goodwin Sands proposed by Dover Harbour Board.

Naturally, we submitted a response to the Call for Evidence and are delighted to have been quoted in the report published on 8th June 2020.

HPMA review

Natalie Elphicke MP has continued her commitment to secure long-term effective protection for the Goodwin Sands by speaking directly to the Minister about designating the Goodwins as an HPMA.

This would then negate the need for the creation of Sites of Special Marine Interest, an option proposed by Natalie earlier this year.

Watch this space for further developments!