At last Friday’s meeting the Broads Authority adopted five strategic priorities for the coming year.
1. Broads Plan Review
It is time to update the Management Plan for the Broads and our target is to consult on a 1st Draft by the end of February 2016
2. Broads Landscape Partnership
We are preparing an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for support for a range of projects. 1st Application has to be in by 1st June 2015.
3. Hickling Broad Restoration Project
Our aim is to develop a long-term approach to the restoration of Hickling Broad, building on the scientific evidence from the Broads Lake Review which will be published in the near future. Our aim is to have an agreed vision for the lake by September 2015.
4. Promoting the Broads
The Sustainable Tourism Plan for the Broads will be revised and the Broads National Park branding implemented.
5. Stakeholder Action Plan
Last year’s surveys of boat owners, boatyards, visitors and residents identified a number of issues which we want to pursue through dialogue with key stakeholders.
Many of these actions will go over more than one year and in addition we will be carrying out all our normal work including restoring and managing areas of fen, removing 50,000m3 of sediment from the navigation area, encouraging and informing our visitors on what is on offer, processing planning applications and continuing with our innovative partnership work on managing the catchment.