Working together - Statement of consultation steps for the Solway Tweed river basin district

Closed 22 Dec 2018

Opened 22 Jun 2018

Feedback updated 9 Nov 2021

We asked

SEPA and the Environment Agency ran a consultation about the steps we intend to take to engage stakeholders in the preparation of the third river basin management plan, RBMP.

The consultation provided stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on; the timescales for formal consultation, intentions to work with partners and our intentions for cross border working. A consultation for Scotland ran in conjunction.

You said

Seventeen responses from a variety of well-informed stakeholders responded. Respondents were supportive of the proposed steps and timescales set out in the consultation. The respondents praised the partnership approach and support integration of plans and policies. It was acknowledged that this approach often needs to be adapted for with cross border working. They felt this was the most efficient way to use resource and deliver wider benefits.

We did

The full summary of responses can be found here.

Given the largely supportive responses we intend to progress with the proposals outlined in the consultation to develop the third river basin management plans.

In addition to our national approaches, SEPA and the Environment Agency will jointly develop a communication and engagement strategy for catchments close to the national border.


SEPA and the Environment Agency share responsibility for river basin management planning for the Solway Tweed river basin district. We are now starting the process of updating this plan.

The plan describes the environmental objectives for all the water bodies within the Solway Tweed river basin district, and is a route map for achieving them. The plan is updated every six years. You can view the current plan here: River basin management plan for the Solway Tweed river basin district: 2015 update.

The updated plan, which will be the Solway Tweed's third river basin management plan, has to be finalised by December 2021. The Statement of consultation steps document sets out the steps SEPA and the Environment Agency will take to engage stakeholders in the preparation of this plan.

We are very keen to hear your thoughts on these steps. Please have a look at the Statement of consultation steps, which you can access from the link at the bottom of this page, and then let us know what you think by completing the online survey.

The consultation is open from 22 June 2018 to 22 December 2018. Your response will be used to inform improvements we can make to the consultation arrangements set out in this document.


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