13 Next Steps
13.1 Proposed consultation timescales
13.1.1 The consultation on the Consultation Document and the Environmental Report is now open and will close on 17 November 2013. Public views and opinions on this Environmental Report, and the Consultation Document to which it relates, are now invited.
13.1.2 Comments should be made to the following address:
Seaweed Policy Statement Consultation
Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
Telephone - 0131 244 6418
13.2 Questions for Consultees
13.2.1 Consultees may find the following questions helpful to provide a focus for their responses on the Environmental Report:
- To what extent does the Environmental Report set out an accurate description of the current environmental baseline (Please give details of additional relevant sources)?
- Do you agree with the predicted environmental effects as set out in the Environmental Report?
- Do you agree with the recommendations and proposals for mitigation of the environmental effects set out in the Environmental Report?
- Are you aware of any further environmental information that will help to inform the findings of the environmental assessment (Please give details of additional relevant sources)?
13.2.2 Responses need not be confined to these questions, and more general comments on the Environmental Report and the Consultation Document are also invited.
13.3 Analysis and Use of Responses
13.3.1 Following the conclusion of the consultation period, the responses received on the Consultation Document and the Environmental Report will be analysed and reported. Key messages from the various stakeholder groups will be highlighted, and the findings of the analysis will be taken into account in the finalisation of the SPS scheduled for completion in late 2013 / early 2014.
13.3.2 Upon adoption of the SPS, a post-adoption SEA Statement will be prepared, reflecting the findings of the assessment and the views expressed in the consultation, and outlining how the issues raised have been considered in the finalisation of the SPS.