To Dave Webster
Interim Chief Executive
Dear Mr Webster
I am writing to you, again, concerning the Natural England decision to reach an agreement with the Walshaw Moor Estate over their past, present and future management of moorland and blanket bog.
I believe that this enquiry falls under the remit of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, but in any case I am asking about a matter of public interest given that the protection of our natural environment, legal case law, public expenditure through agri-environment schemes and precedents over the management of a large part of the English uplands may all be influenced by NE’s position on this matter. I would therefore be grateful for a full reply within 20 days of this letter.
I am puzzled that after embarking on a legal case which was bound to be high profile and an attempt to change the consenting regime on the management of Walshaw Moor that Natural England appears to have had either a change of heart or a change of mind. I am wondering which organ led you to your current position.
I would be grateful if you could please provide me with:
- a copy of the Appropriate Assessment, or drafts of the same, that went with the first modification of consent notice i.e. the notice that the Inquiry was all about.
a copy of the Appropriate Assessment for the Regulation 23 notice and the second notice of modification of consent sent out in December 2011 (or drafts of the same).
a copy of the Appropriate Assessment for the consent dated 1 March 2012 following the settlement.
- a copy of Andrew Wood’s witness statement for the Judicial Review which was referred to durng the public inquiry and which states NE’s views on burning of blanket bog.
- the HLS agreement for Walshaw Moor.
- the names of the NE staff who drafted the Appropriate Assessments.