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					Strategic Framework for the Restoration of the
             River Avon System
              Final Consultation Report

                    November 2009




                                           The River Wylye near Bapton




           Burderop Park, Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 0QD
                       Tel 01793 812479
                       www.halcrow.com

                   GeoData Institute
                   University of Southampton
                           SO17 1BJ
                      Tel 023 8059 2719
CONTENTS
1   Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 1
2   The River Avon Strategy Project Team ............................................................................. 1
3   The Need for Consultation ................................................................................................. 2
4   Strategy Stakeholders ......................................................................................................... 3
5   Consultation Programme.................................................................................................... 4
6   Consultation approach........................................................................................................ 8
7   Consultation responses and action taken.......................................................................... 10
8   Future consultation........................................................................................................... 11


Figures/Tables

Figure 2.1         River Avon Strategy Project Team ………………………………………………..1
Figure 6.1         Vision drawing for consultation …………………………………………………….8

Table 3.1          Project stages ……………………………………………………………………….2
Table 5.1          Communication programme ……………………………………………………….5
Table 6.1          Consultation workshop questions………………………………………...............9
Table 7.1          Consultation Responses…………………………………………………………..12


Appendices

Appendix 1         Tier 2 stakeholders (organisations) ……………………………………..............24


Appendix 2         Stakeholder Database
                   - provided separately to steering group as password-protected spreadsheets

Appendix 3         Summary of Consultation Responses
                   - provided separately to steering group as password-protected spreadsheets


Strategy documents available on the web site:
http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/StandingUp/WessexChalkStream/EmailForm.aspx

 Technical Report                                     Detailed technical report
 Non Technical Summary (NTS) -                        This document
 Final Report
 Final Consultation Report                            Summary of consultation process
 Restoration Options Table                            Table listing draft outline options on a reach-scale, with
                                                      summary of comments received
 Appendix E Maps                                      A series of maps showing naturalness, modification and
                                                      restoration classes (matrix classes) on a reach-scale.
1 Introduction
The Environment Agency, Natural England, Wessex Water and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
(WWT) have developed a Strategic Framework for the Restoration of the River Avon
(SFfRRA) through the Wessex Chalk Streams Partnership. The Strategy aims to restore the
River Avon into a dynamic and self-sustaining river system that has a full range of
characteristic habitats that support the distinctive chalk stream flora and fauna.

The Strategy is a high-level study that proposes broad restoration options for the River Avon
System Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on a reach-scale. This has been done in the
context of a restoration ‘Vision’ for the whole river system. The provisional restoration options
will be used to prioritise the future river restoration programme and also steer ad-hoc
projects, ensuring best value for money.

Stakeholder consultation has been key for development of the Strategy. This Consultation
Report aims to:

•    clarify the roles and responsibilities of the Project Teams;
•    explain the need for effective communication;
•    identify key stakeholders who have expressed an interest in the scheme and additional
     ones who should be consulted in future;
•    describe the consultation programme that was undertaken;
•    present the results of the consultation; and
•    advise on the next steps for consultation on the implementation of the Strategy.


2 The River Avon Strategy Project Team
The project was developed by a partnership which is largely represented by the membership
pf the Wessex Chalk Stream Project (WCSP). The WCSP represents the Environment
Agency (EA), Natural England (NE), Wessex Water, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT), and the
Wiltshire Fisheries Association (WFA) on matters of river restoration on the Hampshire Avon.
The River Avon Strategy steering group therefore comprises the steering group of the WCSP
plus Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. This group steered the work of the Project
Management team (Halcrow Group Ltd and the GeoData Institute (University of
Southampton)).

Figure 2.1: River Avon Strategy project team

          River Avon Strategy steering group                   Project Management team

              Allan Frake (Environment Agency)                      Halcrow Group Ltd
             Dianne Matthews (Natural England)                            Jo Cullis
                                                                   Katie Randall-Stratton
                 Fiona Bowles (Wessex Water)                             Clare Guy
    Ruth Clarricoates/Martin de Retuerto (WWT & WCSP)                   Oliver Clegg
    Tony Wells/Tom Davis (Wiltshire Fisheries Association)           GeoData Institute
                                                                         Chris Hill
     Jess Pain (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust)
                                                                        David Sear




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3 The Need for Consultation
In developing the Strategy consultation has taken place for a number of different reasons, for
different parties, and at different stages.

The project had six main stages as shown in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1: Project stages
    Task                             Output                          Consultation activity
    Initial stakeholder              Notification of proposals,      Identifying interested parties-
    engagement- data sourcing        access letters, data            Tier 1 and 2
                                     requests to organisations
    Appraisal of river- survey and                                   ‘Visioning’ exercise (Tier 1)
    analysis of river channel
    Identification of restoration    Draft technical report and
    measures needed                  Non technical summary for
                                     consultation
    Stakeholder consultation         Reports, website,               Consultation on draft reports
                                     workshop, drop-in sessions
    Estimate of costs and            Draft cost and prioritisation   Steering group
    potential delivery               technical note
    mechanisms
    Final restoration plan                                           Notification to all interested
                                                                     parties and via website, the
                                                                     public.

Generally, the Wessex Chalk Stream Partnership was the main point of contact with
consultees (co-ordinating the stakeholder consultation and access where needed for
surveys). The WFA provided linkage with member fisheries organisations for most of the
upper Avon and tributaries for access.

The main objectives of consultation whilst developing the Strategy were to:

•     Include the views of interested parties in establishing a stretching but achievable Vision
      for the River Avon.
•     Ensure that data needed to develop a strategic plan was obtained from a range of
      sources.
•     Identify and resolve potential issues between conflicting needs at the earliest stage
      possible.
•     Communicate the study methodology and results so as to ensure support for the Strategy
      and its implementation.
•     Work with interested parties to ensure the Strategy meets their needs as much as
      possible.

The views of stakeholders was vital to production of the Strategy, especially in terms of
gaining support for the overall Vision and highlighting key issues that need to be addressed
during future planning and implementation phases.




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4 Strategy Stakeholders
Key groups of consultees were identified and divided into two groups as follows:

       Visioning Group'
Tier 1 '
       Stakeholder Group'
Tier 2 '

Both group and one-to-one consultation will be required with a much wider range of
stakeholders during the future planning and implementation stages. This third group,
consisting of landowners, riparian managers, community groups, Parish Councils, can be
described as ‘Tier 3’.

           Visioning Group'
The Tier 1 '                consisted of the River Avon Strategy steering group, the Project
Management team, and representatives of key organisations not represented on that group.
This group developed the ‘Vision’ or template for what favourable condition "looks like" to
guide assessment of river, and provide technical steering of the overall project. The Tier 1
Visioning Group'
'                contained representatives from the following organisations:

•   Environment Agency (Flood Risk Management team)
•   GeoData Institute
•   Halcrow Group Ltd
•   Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
•   Landowner representative (Charlotte Sealy, Country Land and Business Association
    Limited, representing landowner interests along the river)
•   Natural England (including representatives from Wiltshire, South Hampshire & Isle of
    Wight Hants, National Team and Strategic Restoration and Management (STREAM)
    teams)
•   River Restoration Centre (RRC)
•   Wessex Chalk Streams Project (WCSP, including Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT))
•   Wessex Salmon and Rivers Trust (WSRT)
•   Wessex Water (WW)
•   Wiltshire Fisheries Association (WFA)

Tier 2 'Stakeholder Group' consisted of representatives of organisations, key interest groups
and individuals (Appendix 1). River bank managers were contacted in September 2008
regarding the proposed geomorphological survey and asked whether they wanted to be
involved in the stakeholder group. The Tier 2 list was derived from this initial consultation.
This list was then extended as a result of recommendations from existing Tier 1 and Tier 2
consultees and responses to articles in the WCSP and WLMP newsletters in May 2009
about getting involved. Following the June consultation workshop riparian managers and as
many landowners with a sizable length of river frontage across the catchment as possible
were contacted by letter inviting them to follow-up workshops but we acknowledge that not
every landowner with riparian land was contacted personally.

                                                                        Stakeholder Group'
Consultation on the Strategy highlighted significant gaps in the Tier 2 '
list. For example a number of Parish Councils did attend the consultation sessions, but this
was opportunistic. We acknowledge that we did not consult directly with Parish Councils and
this will be remedied for the future planning & implementation stages. As a result of this and
other omissions, a Tier 3 ‘Future Stakeholders’ has now been produced, comprising all
previously contacted organisations and individuals (Tier 1 and 2) and additional stakeholders
identified through the consultation process.



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Full contact details of stakeholders included in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 are included in a separate
Appendix 2 – Stakeholder Database. This is not presented here due to the Data Protection
Act and the need to protect individuals’ personal details. However it will be available for the
implementation phases for steering group members.


5 Consultation Programme
Methods of communication included emails, letters, a consultation workshop, consultation
drop-in sessions, and information available on Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and GeoData’s
websites. Newsletters, generally circulated to all landowners within the River Avon SAC,
were used between September 2008 and December 2009 to introduce and update
stakeholders on project progress and to provide dates and the website address for
consultations (e.g. in the Wessex Chalk Streams Project, STREAM project and Water Level
Management Plan (WLMP) newsletters). The timings of consultation during the production of
the Strategy are presented in Table 5.1.




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Table 5.1     Communication programme
Phase       Aim of                      Stakeholders         Method of            Timing          Responsibility for    Target outcome
            Communication                                    communication                        undertaking
                                                                                                  consultation


Phase 1     River bank manager          Landowners,          e-mail/letter        September/      Martin de Retuerto    Walkover surveys are completed on
            liaison and agreement       occupiers and                             October 2008    (WSCP) - outgoing     sections where extra information is
            for undertaking             fisheries managers                                                              needed
            walkover surveys and                                                                  Jo Cullis (Halcrow)
            identifying stakeholders    Tier 2 '
                                               Stakeholder                                        - incoming            Managers of the river bank
            for involvement             Group'                                                                          informed about the project and
                                                                                                                        invited to express their interest in
                                                                                                                        further consultation.

                                                                                                                               Stakeholder Group’ is
                                                                                                                        Tier 2 '
                                                                                                                        confirmed
            Identity stakeholders for          Visioning
                                        Tier 1 '             e-mail               October 2008    Fiona Bowles                 Visioning Group’ is
                                                                                                                        Tier 1 '
            involvement                 Group'                                                    (WW)                  confirmed


Phase 2     Initial stakeholder                Visioning
                                        Tier 1 '             e-mail/letter        November 2008   Dianne Matthews       Outcomes from the initial
            meeting                     Group'               inviting to attend                   (NE) & Jo Cullis      stakeholder meeting will form the
                                                             and then                             (Halcrow)             basis of a draft ’Vision’
                                                             workshop

Phase 3     Consultation on the first          Visioning
                                        Tier 1 '             e-mail               May/June 2009   Jo Cullis (Halcrow)   Stakeholders are fully aware of the
            draft of the                Group'                                                    & Chris Hill          contents of the draft report
            Consultation Drafts of                                                                (GeoData)
            the Technical Report &
            Non-Technical
            Summary Report
            Invitation to workshop             Visioning
                                        Tier 1 '             e-mail/letter        18 May 2009     Dianne Matthews       Stakeholders are aware of
                                        Group'               inviting to attend                   (NE) & Jo Cullis      consultation workshop
                                        Tier 2 '
                                               Stakeholder                                        (Halcrow)
                                        Group'


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Phase     Aim of                    Stakeholders         Method of          Timing              Responsibility for     Target outcome
          Communication                                  communication                          undertaking
                                                                                                consultation




                                    WCSP newsletter      Item in            April/May 2008      Jo Cullis (Halcrow),   Stakeholders are aware of
                                    STREAM               newsletters                            Ruth Clarricoates      consultation workshop
                                    newsletter                                                  (WCSP)
                                    WLMP newsletter
                                    promoted workshop
          Consultation on                  Visioning
                                    Tier 1 '             e-mail/letter to   22 June 2009        Jo Cullis (Halcrow)    Consultation on consultation draft
          Consultation Drafts of    Group'               consultees,                                                   technical & Non-Technical
          Technical Report &        Tier 2 '
                                           Stakeholder   Draft reports                                                 Summary is started, which
          Non-Technical             Group'               available on                                                  continues with a consultation
          Summary Report            Public               website                                                       workshop

                                                         Workshop           23 June 2009        All                    Outcomes from the consultation
                                                                                                                       workshop incorporated into final
                                                                                                                       project outputs


                                                         Drop-in sessions   31 July 2009        Fiona Bowles           Outcomes from the consultation
                                                                            (Langford Lakes)    (WW), Dianne           drop-in sessions incorporated into
                                                                            5 August 2009       Matthews (NE),         final project outputs
                                                                            (Figheldean)        and Ruth
                                                                            14 August 2009      Clarricoates
                                                                            (Blashford Lakes)   (WSCP)

          Deadline for                     Visioning
                                    Tier 1 '             e-mail/letter      31 August 2009      All                    Consultation on the Strategy
          stakeholder comments      Group'               Draft reports                                                 concludes and comments are
          on the Strategy           Tier 2 '
                                           Stakeholder   available on                                                  incorporated into final project
                                    Group'               website                                                       outputs
                                    (Public if see on

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Phase     Aim of                     Stakeholders         Method of          Timing          Responsibility for    Target outcome
          Communication                                   communication                      undertaking
                                                                                             consultation

                                     website)
Phase 4   Consultation on the               Visioning
                                     Tier 1 '             e-mail             October 2009    Jo Cullis (Halcrow)   Stakeholders are fully aware of the
          final draft of             Group'                                                                        contents of the final draft report
          Consultation Report,
          final draft Non-Tech
          Summary Report,
          revised Appendix E
          Maps
          Final project outputs             Visioning
                                     Tier 1 '             e-mail             November 2009   Jo Cullis (Halcrow)   Stakeholders receive the final
          (GIS, database, final      Group'                                                  and Chris Hill        project outputs
          Technical Report, final                                                            (GeoData)
          Non Technical
          Summary Report, final
          Consultation Report,
          Appendix E Maps and
          Restoration Options
          Table) are issued
          Publication of the final          Visioning
                                     Tier 1 '             e-mail/letter to   November 2009   Wessex Chalk          Strategy for the River Avon is
          outputs and the            Group'               consultees                         Streams               finalised and planning of restoration
          resulting Strategy for     Tier 2 '
                                            Stakeholder   Final report                       Partnership           works can commence
          the River Avon             Group'               available on
                                     Public               website




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6 Consultation approach
A Non Technical Summary of the Strategy (draft for consultation) was published on 22 June
2009 on the web for comment. A Consultation Workshop was held on 23 June 2009 at
Dinton Village Hill to present the Report, its proposals and to discuss the ‘Vision’ agreed by
the Tier 1 meeting in November 2008. A total of 45 people attended, including members of
the Project Team.

The aims of the Consultation Workshop were:

•   To introduce and explain the ‘Strategic Framework for the Restoration of the River Avon’
    (SFfRRA) to a wider stakeholder group;
•   To invite comments and discussion on the SFfRRA through the course of the workshop
    (and encourage people to submit comments on the documents);
•   To allow stakeholders to influence the ‘Vision’ for the future River Avon SSSI;
•   To identify and discuss the benefits and disbenefits of the ‘Vision’;
•   To seek opinion on the strategic restoration proposals; and
•   To make use of local knowledge and expertise to modify the restoration proposals.

During lunch and breaks attendees were asked to look at photos of rivers and the Project
Team’s initial illustrated ‘Vision’ for the River Avon Valley, see Figure 6.1, and to indicate
(using green and red dots) whether the river was in a satisfactory condition or if it required
some form of restoration. The Vision was never intended to represent the whole river valley
but rather to stimulate thought and derive feedback on what features are beneficial for the
Avon Valley landscape.

Figure 6.1   Vision drawing for Consultation




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One of the main concerns raised during the open discussion sessions was that the
consultation period was too short and didn’t allow enough time for detailed review of the
Strategy documents. As a result of this feedback the Project Team decided to extend the
consultation period by an additional six weeks and to hold a number of drop-in sessions:

•       31 July 2009 – Langford Lakes Education Centre
•       5 August 2009 – Figheldean Village Hall
•       14 August 2009 – Blashford Lakes Education Centre

The drop-in sessions, lead by the Wessex Chalk Stream Partnership core team and the
Environment Agencies Water Level Management Plan team, were well attended with a total
of 48 attendees from a range of organisations and interest groups, including a number of
fishing clubs/associations, landowners and Parish Councils. There were 9 attendees at
Langford Lakes, 12 at Figheldean, and 27 at Blashford Lakes. Attendees were invited to
make comments directly onto maps showing the restoration focus for individual reaches.

Table 6.1 presents the questions that consultees were asked at the workshop and drop-in
sessions. Hard copy feedback forms were provided and an electronic version was available
online.

Table 6.1       Consultation workshop questions
    Consultation response: Questions for consideration
    1  Consultation has been carried out through the Fisheries organisations, articles in Wessex Chalk
       Streams Project and Water Level Management Plan newsletters and letters to large estates
       downstream of Salisbury, and via the various statutory and voluntary organisations.
         Is there any other means of inviting further comment that you can suggest, or further contacts that
         you can recommend?

    2    How far do you think that the Strategy should go in restoring the Avon?
         •   Restore the physical channel form and the ‘natural’ or dynamic processes unless there is a key
             function being met (e.g. retain modifications for existing towns but disused mill streams etc to be
             removed)
         •   SSSI ‘Reference’ condition – restore and manage the system to ensure all SSSI conservation
             targets are met.
         •   As close to reference as critical existing uses permit- water supply, flood relief, agricultural
             management.
         •   Improve channel where existing uses and modifications permit but generally maintain the status-
             quo.
    3    Do you agree with the principles of the draft ‘Vision’?

         •   No, not far enough
         •   Yes, about right
         •   No, too far

    4    Can you give examples of where you feel that removal of a structure is good, or where it should be
         retained - and why?
    5    The Strategy is based on restoring the channel form and dynamic processes which maintain the river
         to provide the habitats and conditions that support the needs of the wildlife for which the river is
         designated so as to meet the ‘favourable’ condition target. Do you think that this is the right
         approach?
    6    Do the restoration response classifications clearly show you what is required on the reaches that you
         are familiar with?
         Yes / No


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    Consultation response: Questions for consideration
          If ‘No’ would icons or symbols for reach based restoration options (such as fencing buffer, by-pass
          sluice) help?
          Yes / No
    7     Do you expect to use the Strategy for your work/river related activities?
          Yes/ No
          If yes, how?
    8     Do you think that the Strategy conflicts with other plans or strategies that you have seen or used?
          Yes/ No
          If yes, can you think of any solution or compromise that may resolve or minimise the conflict and
          enable the Strategy to be implemented?

    9     If you have information on specific reaches on the maps (Appendix E) or disagree with the measures
          given or restoration option identified there and in Appendix F then please highlight your views below
          by reach no:
    10    If you have information on constraints to the restoration option identified in Appendix F and E then
          please highlight your views below by reach no:
    11    General comments




7 Consultation responses and action taken
35 written consultation responses were received, via letter and email, and these comments
are summarised in a separate spreadsheet: Appendix 3 – Summary of Consultation
Responses. Note that this spreadsheet represents a summary of individual responses and
as such is subject to the Data Protection Act. This summary, together with map-based
comments provided during the drop-in sessions and the original responses will be referred to
during the future planning and implementation stages.

The comments received fall within five broad groups:

•        Concern over the coverage of the Strategy and concerns over omissions which were in
         fact covered in the study - these have been addressed by improvements to the Non
         Technical Summary (NTS) to better explain what the Strategy covers and to clarify areas,
         with improved explanation of technical terms.
•        Concern over inaccuracies in the mapping and recording of features and historic
         activities. These have been amended on the final maps and restoration plans amended
         where appropriate.
•        Concern over detail (as above) and on restoration proposals and further stakeholder
         contacts which are more appropriate at a project level, rather than a strategic level- these
         have been recorded for use at the implementation stage
•        Concern over the timetable for consultation (6 weeks) was addressed by extending the
         period and holding drop-in sessions to allow better access to maps for those without the
         facility to print them.
•        Finally there were a number of concerns which directly relate to the objectives of the
         management of the River Avon SSSI (and the Avon Valley Special Protection Area
         (SPA)) or to activities such as weed cutting which lie outside of the Strategy objectives,
         and these could not be addressed in the final Strategy.


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The meetings and comments provide a useful list of consultees for use during future planning
and implementation and these have been developed into the Tier 3 consultation list.
The key messages coming out of the consultation responses are presented in Table 7.1,
grouped into type of comment, for example potential impacts and conflicts. The table also
advises how the final Strategy has addressed the comments.
Many stakeholders provided detailed comments on specific reaches – these are summarised
in the separate ‘Restoration Options Table’ and have also been incorporated into a
Geographical Information System (GIS) for ease of reference during the future detailed
planning and implementation phases.



8 Future consultation
There were strengths and weaknesses associated with the different consultation methods,
and these should be taken into account during future consultation:
 •   The introductory letter/e-mail sent out at the beginning of the project was good for
     introducing the project but such communication should not be relied on as the main form
     of consultation.
 •   The newsletters offered a large and wide distribution throughout the catchment, but the
     articles within them, and even the newsletters themselves may have been overlooked
     by some people.
 •   The workshop and the drop-in sessions provided a good opportunity for information
     exchange and allowed a forum for open discussion.
It is recognised that there is clear need for extensive consultation in the implementation of
the Strategy. Many of the comments received were very detailed and related to reach-
specific issues and actions. These very detailed comments have been recorded clearly,
together with the original responses, to be re-visited and addressed as appropriate during the
future planning and implementation stages.
The Strategy identifies that extensive restoration is needed to achieve favourable condition,
which requires a long-term programme with comprehensive consultation. Much of the land
within the catchment is privately owned, so planning and implementation will proceed
through negotiation with individual landowners, tenants and angling groups. Additional
consultation with conservation groups, amenity groups, councils (County, District & Parish),
the Highways Authority, local communities, residents and other interested parties is
recommended.




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Table 7.1   Consultation Responses
 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                                     How to address
 comment

 General            Wider issues to address                                                                                      Strategy is for the restoration of
 observations        o   Wider issues that affect river not considered in Strategy e.g. flood prevention, pollution,             the physical channel and bank
                         agricultural practices (effects of run-off, silt impacts on fisheries, plant & fly life) abstraction,   structure of the River Avon
                         water level management                                                                                  System SSSI

                     o   Also mentioned … climate change, water abstraction and supply, river structures and                     Improve introduction to Non
                         relationship to flows and levels, fish farms, road and land run-off pollution, flood relief plans       Technical Summary (NTS) i.e.
                         and weedcutting                                                                                         explain what the Strategy aims to
                                                                                                                                 address..

                    Other initiatives to refer to                                                                                Explain in NTS how Water
                     o   Ensure adequate reference to STREAM, WLMP & Living River in NTS                                         Framework Directive and other
                                                                                                                                 initiatives fit in with the Strategy

                    Cumulative effects of restoration                                                                            Refer to the Vision statement.
                     o   Compounded effect of all proposals needs to be better understood e.g. through computer                  Brief text in NTS, i.e. explain that
                         modelling.                                                                                              the Strategy does take a
                                                                                                                                 catchment-scale approach and
                                                                                                                                 looks at whole river. Cumulative
                                                                                                                                 effects will also be assessed
                                                                                                                                 during future impact
                                                                                                                                 assessments, where appropriate.

                    Alleviation of low flows                                                                                     Improve introduction to NTS i.e.
                     o   Concerns that it might be seen as acceptable to use channel narrowing etc. to allow continued           explain what the Strategy covers.
                         abstraction - considerable suspicion that this is a hidden agenda behind the Strategy                   The SFfRRA Steering Group
                                                                                                                                 confirms that this is not the case;
                                                                                                                                 the purpose of the Strategy is to
                                                                                                                                 ensure that the river channel is in
                                                                                                                                 favourable condition.
                     o   Need to consider/include the combination of climate change and increased abstraction (public            Refer to the Vision statement.
                         water supply, especially in summer). Do not want to see "miniaturised" versions of rivers with          Improve introduction to NTS, i.e.
                         smaller channels.                                                                                       explain what the Strategy covers.


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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                              How to address
 comment
                                                                                                                          Total river flows unlikely to be
                                                                                                                          significantly reduced (CIP02)
                                                                                                                          although both dry and flood
                                                                                                                          periods may increase

                    Costs.                                                                                                To be addressed & summarised
                     o   More focus on implementation e.g. costs vs. value for money, prioritisation, consideration of    in NTS.
                         do
                         ' nothing' option.

                     o   May be appropriate to provide indication of how project cost/benefits will be assessed and       Address in NTS. The river is in
                         weighted.                                                                                        unfavourable condition and
                     o                           if      t          t
                         Waste of money & time – ' it ain'broke, don'fix it'                                              therefore the Strategy is required.

                     o   Natural England is being given a lot of money each year by EU for Agri Environment               Address in NTS under ‘costs &
                         Schemes, ELS, HLS Countryside Sensitive Areas and Environmental Stewardship. Some of             delivery mechanisms’
                         this money should be used to help finance this management.
                     o   Challenge in achieving conservative targets alongside compatible land-use/river-use options,
                         agreeing and prioritising desirable changes & - making changes in cost-effective way
                     o   Implementation Strategy must make improvements where the least expenditure gives the
                         greatest benefit.

                    Past & ongoing restoration projects                                                                   Include statement in NTS of past
                     o   Little recognition of past restoration activities carried out                                    & ongoing restoration work

                    Private ownership & economics                                                                         In NTS, add acknowledgment that
                     o   Document fails to recognise fundamental fact that much of the Avon is privately owned and a      much of land is privately owned
                         commercial asset. Adjoining floodplain is also privately owned and of high agricultural value.   and implementation will proceed
                         Need for maintaining economic uses.                                                              under detailed negotiation with
                                                                                                                          individuals.
                     o   Strategy must be a balance between ownership interests and river requirements and the
                         historic, landscape and conservation objectives of the SSSI.

                     o   Some proposals for "restoration" involving private property modifications have substantial       Detailed issues and potential
                                                                                                                          conflicts will be covered during

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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                               How to address
 comment
                         valuation implications.                                                                           future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                           stages.

 Vision             Support for Vision                                                                                     Noted.
                     o   Supportive of Vision & concept of strategic approach

                     o                         Vision' in present format is not really achievable because fails to
                         Agree with concept of '      but                                                                  Detailed issues will be covered
                         address many of the key and subsidiary issues.                                                    during future planning &
                                                                                                                           implementation stages

                    Too ambitious/unrealistic                                                                              We recognise the need for long-
                     o   Strategy is too ambitious & may be unachievable. Perhaps the Strategy is ‘rushing the gun’ –      term planning. Include in NTS.
                         there is a need for long-term planning/programme

                    Consider wider environment                                                                             Is within NTS and Vision
                     o   Need to consider wider environment more – don’t forget important landscape & heritage             statement.
                         context.                                                                                          Detailed issues and potential
                     o   Serious anomaly in Vision: to achieve "low levels of artificial impoundment" means no water       conflicts will be covered during
                         level control. Implications for fry release and breeding grounds, and considering climate         future planning & implementation
                         change and abstraction. Reference to conflict with 2008 EA project for wetland invertebrates.     stages.

                    Change aim to restore ‘managed system’                                                                 Ensure the NTS does not refer to
                     o   Should aim to restore to a managed system, not an entirely natural one. Needs to be               restoring to a ‘natural’ system and
                         recognised that the Avon is a managed system and will always need to be managed as such,          define ‘restoration’ more clearly.
                         due to the many constraints.                                                                      Restate wording in Vision up-front
                                                                                                                           in NTS.

                    Vision drawing – doesn’t reflect all parts of Avon                                                     Move drawing to the Consultation
                     o   Drawing has too many trees for lower Avon valley and does not reflect all parts of river system   Report and explain how this was
                         – maybe need more than one drawing, as river has different character e.g. lower Avon, upper       used during consultation – i.e.
                         Avon, Dockens Water                                                                               was never intended to represent
                                                                                                                           the whole river valley but to
                     o   Cattle on Vision drawing need to be traditional breed rather than dairy cattle!                   stimulate discussion.


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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                              How to address
 comment

                    Scope of Strategy/Vision                                                                              Improve introduction to NTS i.e.
                     o   Suggested a title of River Avon Morphology Strategy may be more appropriate.                     explain what the Strategy covers.


                     o                                                                          reduced'
                         Strategy does not address how it perceives conservation importance has '       over recent       Address reasons for Strategy in
                         years.                                                                                           NTS (i.e. favourable condition)

                     o                                       rehabilitation' opposed to '
                         May be more appropriate to refer to '              as                      to
                                                                                        restoration' reflect              Ensure the NTS does not refer to
                         anthropogenic interventions.                                                                     restoring to a ‘natural’ system and
                                                                                                                          define ‘restoration’ more clearly.

                    Queries & suggestions on ‘Reference’ condition                                                        Ensure the NTS does not refer to
                     o   Report mentions "natural" state that the river could be returned to. How has this type of        restoring to a ‘natural’ system and
                         "naturalness" been established?                                                                  define ‘restoration’ more clearly.

                     o   Query "to what period do you seek to use as a reference condition" for the river?

                     o   The 1988 notification of Valley and Riverine SSSIs was based on a heavily modified channel       Restate wording in Vision up-front
                         and valley. Water Framework designations for the Avon recognises this artificial change in       in NTS.
                         classifying the Avon as "heavily modified" so should be used as the baseline for restoration.    Explain in NTS how Water
                                                                                                                          Framework Directive & other
                                                                                                                          initiatives fit in with the Strategy

                     o   Detailed suggestion in letter about formulating new criteria & assessment to clearly define      Outside scope of Strategy.
                         favourable condition of SSSI/SAC (see Somerley Estate letter)

 Consultation       Lack of consultation to all interested parties                                                        A number of Parish Councils did
                     o   Lack of consultation to Parish Councils. Requests to ensure all District & Parish Councils are   attend, but this was opportunistic.
                         included on future consultation lists. Need to explain why this wasn’t done properly.            We acknowledge that we did not
                                                                                                                          consult directly with Parish
                     o   Need to consult all landowners e.g. small riparian owners, tenants, angling groups,              Councils in the Consultation
                         conservation groups, amenity groups, councils (County, District & Parish), Highways Authority,   Report. This will be remedied for
                         local communities, residents and other interested parties. Whole consultation process ‘fatally   the future planning &
                         flawed’ & should be reconsidered in respect of engagement with local communities.                implementation stages – all


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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                                How to address
 comment
                     o   Enormous amount of work needed to get public acceptance of Strategy, due to concerns re.           Parish Councils are now listed in
                                                      blame'
                         flooding & people wanting to '     someone … i.e. potential significant opposition if no wider     Tier 3.
                         public engagement.                                                                                 Recognise need for detailed
                     o   More education needed on better river management.                                                  consultation in Consultation
                     o   Concerns re. lack of engagement with landowners. Not given chance to inform the '         .
                                                                                                             Vision'        Report. Site specific comments
                         Majority of landowners appear to be in total ignorance of what is proposed (very few present       will be the subject of future
                         at workshop on 23 June). Riparian representation should have been included on the steering         detailed consultation during
                         committee.                                                                                         planning & implementation
                                                                                                                            phases.
                     o   Could possibly consult anglers individually through club/association mailing lists. Contact
                         Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust fisheries team (HQ on the Avon at Fordingbridge).
                     o   Wiltshire radio, Spire FM, local papers, parish magazines and small local conservation orgs
                         (like Charter 21 and Laverstock Water Meadows Trust) need to be consulted to ensure
                         objections do not develop.
                     o   Consultation process places owner of valley and riverine assets at a disadvantage. Views of
                         owners are considered equally with views of persons or bodies with casual/transient
                         involvement.
                     o   Strategy has potential to give rise to compensation claims against agencies involved.
                     o   Very little publicity: only heard about this from being copied into the EA newsletter. All local
                         authorities should have been consulted along with farmers.

                    Inadequate time for consultation                                                                        This was addressed by extending
                     o   Inadequate time allowed for consultation – one consultee recommended 6 months                      consultation in response to
                                                                                                                            concerns raised, within time
                                                                                                                            constraints of project.

                    Future planning & implementation consultation                                                           Detailed issues and potential
                     o   County Ecologists need to be aware of Strategy and understand its aims, so that it can inform      conflicts will be covered during
                         planning applications                                                                              future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                            stages.
                     o   Trusts that prior to more specific proposals being put forward detailed consultation will be
                         undertaken with those interested in the reaches concerned.



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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                               How to address
 comment

                    Focus of consultation (i.e. content)                                                                   Agree that there is currently a
                     o   Lack of clarity of possible extent & impacts of Strategy                                          lack of clarity – but this is a high-
                                                                                                                           level strategic document which
                     o   Consultation should have been carried out on facts before proposed actions                        was not intended to provide
                     o   Very little public access to river so must have site meetings and workshops to discuss            detailed information on specific
                         proposed changes.                                                                                 areas and issues (extent &
                                                                                                                           impacts). We will also address
                                                                                                                           lack of clarity in the NTS
                                                                                                                           Agree that on-site demonstration/
                                                                                                                           meetings/workshops are very
                                                                                                                           valuable and will be considered
                                                                                                                           during future planning phases –
                                                                                                                           already undertaken for the
                                                                                                                           STREAM project & Living River
                                                                                                                           project.
                                                                                                                           Detailed issues and potential
                                                                                                                           conflicts will be covered during
                                                                                                                           future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                           stages.

 Potential          Public Rights of Way & general access                                                                  Detailed issues and potential
 impacts &           o   Potential impacts on Public Rights of Way e.g. flooding,                                          conflicts will be covered during
 conflicts                                                                                                                 future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                           stages.

                    Heritage & archaeological impacts                                                                      Detailed issues and potential
                     o   Concerns re. potential future impacts on structures/sites/buildings/channels of heritage value    conflicts will be covered during
                                                                                                                           future planning & implementation
                     o   Potential to find archaeological features within river itself, e.g. medieval fish traps - would   stages.
                         therefore require further consultation




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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                              How to address
 comment

                    Impacts on wider ecology                                                                              Detailed issues and potential
                     o   Potential impacts on other valuable ecology e.g. characteristic ecology of mill streams,         conflicts will be covered during
                         impounded stretches (e.g. hatches help maintain levels & keeping spawning carriers running       future planning & implementation
                         and add biodiversity value)                                                                      stages.

                    Need for balancing of all features                                                                    Within NTS
                     o   Clear statement needed of what balance should be between historic, landscape, ecological &       Also, detailed issues and
                         physical features. Future restoration needs to be considered in the context of other linked      potential conflicts will be covered
                         factors, especially historic human activity.                                                     during future planning &
                     o   Important that one set of circumstances should not dictate an overall policy – no one            implementation stages
                         component should over-ride all others

                    Fishing                                                                                               Detailed issues and potential
                     o   Potential impacts on reaches managed for fishing                                                 conflicts will be covered during
                                                                                                                          future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                          stages.

                    Conflicts with other plans, initiatives, policies etc.                                                A review of the lower Avon will be
                     o   Some of the proposal is in direct opposition to recent and ongoing initiatives e.g. WLMP, HLS,   undertaken
                         WFD & draft River Basin Management Plans e.g. need to be aware of WLMP & HLS work on             Explain in NTS how Water
                         lower Avon restoring water levels to meadows via new side-ditch structures.                      Framework Directive & other
                     o               to                      -
                         Conflict of ' fence or not to fence' NE trying to encourage less fencing under extensive         initiatives fit in with the Strategy
                         grazing regime.                                                                                  Detailed issues and potential
                                                                                                                          conflicts will be covered during
                                                                                                                          future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                          stages.

                     o   Strategy would conflict with the Draft Weed-cutting protocol under the River Avon SAC            No conflict anticipated
                         Conservation Strategy (copy included in letter).

                     o   Strategy will conflict with Government desire for UK to produce more of its own food.            Not within scope of Strategy



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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                               How to address
 comment

 River vs.          Need to better link river & floodplain                                                                 A review of the lower Avon will be
 floodplain          o   River being looked at too much in isolation, without consideration of wildlife associated with    undertaken
 ecology &               the floodplain (water meadows, river terraces, woodlands) which is also designated - i.e. lower   Detailed issues and potential
 management              Avon valley and floodplain SAC interests                                                          conflicts will be covered during
 needs                                                                                                                     future planning & implementation
                     o   Grazing marshes are generally man made features and rely upon structures to retain water on
                         the floodplain. Danger could lose water control and conflict with riverine SAC/SPA objectives.    stages.

                     o   Wider floodplain (outside SSSI) not being adequately catered for – links to Environmental
                         Stewardship not made
                     o   Concern re. concentration of flow down one channel to detriment of other ecologically valuable
                         channels.

                    Increased shading of river                                                                             Acknowledged – add text to NTS
                     o   Needs to acknowledge potential problems associated with fencing i.e. management burden,           re. need for consideration of long-
                         development of scrub & ultimate extensive shading of river.                                       term management for any option
                                                                                                                           and need for appropriate balance
                     o   Concerns re. widespread tree-planting & management – balance needed between light &               between habitats.
                         shade
                     o   Potential conflicts of extensive tree planting & aim to improve conditions for breeding waders
                         on lower Avon. A return to a meandering tree lined channel or series of braided channels
                         would not benefit many desirable species and compromise habitat of breeding waders and
                         overwintering wildfowl.

 Flood risk         Potential increase in flooding & flood risk                                                            Addressed in NTS and Vision text
                     o   Concerns re. potential impacts of works on flooding and so there is a need to consider flood      Detailed issues and potential
                         risk & effects on peak flows                                                                      conflicts will be covered during
                                                                                                                           future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                           stages.

                     o   Cross-reference with CFMP policies – needs confirmation of how Strategy links to Catchment        There are numerous mentions of
                         Flood Management Plans (including coordination).                                                  river restoration and reconnecting
                                                                                                                           the river to the floodplain in the
                                                                                                                           Avon CFMP


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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                                How to address
 comment

 Opportunities       o   Aim for more sustainable flood defences to fit with Strategy                                       Address with text in NTS

                     o   Consider potential for small-scale hydro-electric power for individual properties                  Not within scope

                     o   Aim to increase access to river                                                                    Not within scope

 Baseline data &    Clarification of terms used
 methodology         o   Need to expand/clarify definitions of terms used in the methodology, e.g. restoration options,     Ensure NTS has clear
                         constraints, classifications used. Also need to explain how derived and how applied to             explanations – i.e. plain English
                         Strategy.

                    Maps not clear                                                                                          To be addressed in map
                     o   Difficult to understand/interpret and often conflict with restoration options                      revisions.

                     o   Inconsistencies between Vision & cited options e.g. retention of historic structures vs. removal   Cross-check maps with options
                         of structures in many reaches - needs clarification.                                               table or clarify terms.

                    Outdated or inaccurate data.                                                                            A review of the lower Avon will be
                     o   Consider ground-truthing programme to verify data & re-analyse if necessary. Errors in             undertaken
                         baseline data reduces confidence in conclusions - especially the case with lower Avon              Detailed issues and potential
                     o   Inaccurate historical data has been used, affecting options - e.g. work undertaken by              conflicts will be covered during
                         STREAM has resulted in condition changing.                                                         future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                            stages.
                     o   Report gave impression of a "top down" management plan complied without careful river
                         inspection and not using detailed local knowledge of river keepers, owners and managers.

                    Lack of data on some parts of system                                                                    A review of the lower Avon will be
                     o   A number of channels are excluded from the study, many of which have high ecological or            undertaken
                         amenity value.                                                                                     Strategy only includes designated
                     o   Options assessments are missing for headwaters above Longbridge Deverill on the Wylye.             channels (i.e. SSSI, SAC).

                     o   Little or no field data in some cases. Not good enough to say not enough time to walk the          A review of the lower Avon will be
                         lower Avon as radically different from the upper Avon.                                             undertaken


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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                                How to address
 comment

 Restoration        Removal of structures                                                                                   Improve wording in NTS re. how
 options             o   Structure removal on the lower Avon likely to be unachievable or inappropriate in many cases,      to address structures e.g.
                         due to ecology, landscape, heritage, amenity, socio-economics & property value. Function           consider alternative options, e.g.
                         may vital for flood defence or maintenance of ditch and floodplain ecology. Ensure broader         HOPs, lowering, removing gates
                         issues and current management are considered for each individual structure.                        etc.

                     o   Needs to look at why installed in the first place and what would the impact of removal/retention   A review of the lower Avon will be
                         be.                                                                                                undertaken

                     o   Over-emphasis on structure removal - highly contentious. Other options not considered, e.g.        Detailed issues and potential
                         hatch lowering, replacement with weir, HOPs. Effect of increasing flows needs to be better         conflicts will be covered during
                         understood prior to action e.g. testing impact of opening hatch structures to increase flows       future planning & implementation
                         before removing them.                                                                              stages.

                     o   Objections to unilateral removal of structures, including concerns re. impacts on local flooding

                    Selection of options                                                                                    Detailed issues and potential
                     o   Options bare little resemblance to practical feasibility on the ground e.g. Ibsley hatches         conflicts will be covered during
                         associated with public water supply and ecologically important side channels.                      future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                            stages.

                     o   Lack of options to address silt problem on main Avon - i.e. "fix sediment, modify bank             Not within scope of Strategy
                         protection or fencing buffer". Silt reduction options of prime importance.

                    Large-scale vs. minor works                                                                             Address in NTS under ‘costs &
                     o   Too much emphasis on major works e.g. structure removal, re-meandering, not enough on              delivery mechanisms’
                         small-scale in-channel enhancements. In developing local plans local resistance is inevitable if   Detailed issues and potential
                         involves extreme restoration measures                                                              conflicts will be covered during
                     o   Approach to supporting wildlife needs should be through restoring dynamic form of river            future planning & implementation
                         channel by inserting groynes and other structures.                                                 stages.

                    Appendix F – available options                                                                          Detailed issues and potential
                     o   Should be replaced by a summary of generic measures that might be applied to specific              conflicts will be covered during
                         reaches after detailed study and consultation with all interested parties.                         future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                            stages.


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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                                     How to address
 comment
                     o                  restoration measures'
                             Appendix F '                       omits some possible options for floodplain and has not           Stronger links between floodplain
                             been adequately applied to all reaches.                                                             & river possible on back of future
                     o       Rationale behind many of the recommended restoration measures is not fully explained and in         implementation.
                             some cases appears to be contradictory to current best practice.                                    Not appropriate at this level (i.e.
                                                                                                                                 strategic) - detailed issues and
                                                                                                                                 potential conflicts will be covered
                                                                                                                                 during future planning &
                                                                                                                                 implementation stages.

                    Maintain status quo                                                                                          Not within scope of Strategy
                     o       Parish Council strongly urges maintain the status quo through:
                         -      local control of sluice gates
                         -      up to 2 cuts of weed in river where requested
                         -      grants and labour made available to lower water levels to 30cm below field level in summer
                                and control weeds in water meadows.

 Future plans for   Enthusiasm for future work                                                                                   Enthusiasm welcomed
 river & use of      o       Keen to be involved in smaller-scale river enhancement projects.                                    Detailed issues will be covered
 Strategy                                                                                                                        during future planning &
                     o       Supportive of localised work on slower flowing sections of the Avon.
                                                                                                                                 implementation stages.
                     o       Advice on river improvements would be welcomed
                     o       Costs likely to be too high - better to carry on as now, with local improvements by angling
                             clubs, with moderate financial assistance.
                     o       Angling clubs can make a valuable contribution in focusing restoration projects where they are
                             needed, achieving the best value from funding available.

                    Implementation & future planning                                                                             Detailed issues and potential
                     o       'Top-down'   approach to implementation not realistic: best to progress in all parts of catchment   conflicts will be covered during
                             in order to keep support of landowners etc. Important to take advantage of opportunities.           future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                                 stages.
                     o       Proceeding from headwaters downstream is a vital requirement so river is allowed to heal
                             itself.

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 Type of            Specific comments/issues                                                                               How to address
 comment
                     o   Re. New Forest National Park - need to be mindful of legal responsibilities under Section 62(2)
                                                                                                       s
                         of the Environment Act and potential for need to review implications for Park' special
                         qualities.
                     o   Suggest better to have small, incremental locally managed projects: Q. “How do you eat an
                         elephant?” A. “One spoonful at a time”

 Outright           Remove options for Reach 612 (Stratford Mill)                                                          Detailed issues and potential
 Objections                                                                                                                conflicts will be covered during
                                                                                                                           future planning & implementation
                                                                                                                           stages.

                    In-principle objection to proposals                                                                    Will be noted for future planning &
                                                                                                                           implementation phases.




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Appendix 1 – Tier 2 stakeholders (organisations)
 Tier 2 stakeholders (organisations and interest groups)
 Note: this list does not include individual landowners, tenants or householders, as such
 information is subject to the Data Protection Act and cannot be disclosed in a public document.

 Avon and Stour Rivers Association
 Avon Roach Project
 Bapton Estate Syndicate
 Barford & Burcombe Fishing Club
 Barford Fish Farm
 Borras Construction
 Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water Plc
 Breamore Parish Council
 Burgate Fishing
 Cain Bio-Engineering Ltd
 Chisenbury Syndicate
 Christchurch Angling Club
 Christchurch Borough Council
 Christchurch District Council
 Country Land and Business Association Limited/Greenlink Forestry Ltd
 County Ecologist
 CPRE
 Cranborne chase and West Wilts AONB
 Defence Estates
 Wiltshire county archaeology
 Dorset County Council
 Dorset Wildlife Trust
 East Dorset District Council
 Ellingham, Harbridge & Ibsley Parish Council
 English Heritage
 Environment Agency
 Environment Agency Regional Fisheries, Ecology & Recreation Advisory Committee
 Environment Agency Regional Flood Defence Committee
 Forestry commission
 Forestry commission - New Forest
 FWAG- Dorset
 FWAG Hants
 FWAG- Wilts
 Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
 Hampshire County Council
 Harnham Water Meadows Trust
 Highways Agency
 MOD - Defence Estates
 Mudeford Nets
 National Trust
 Natural England
 New Forest District Council
 New Forest National Park Authority
 New Forest Verderers


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 Tier 2 stakeholders (organisations and interest groups)
 NFU Dorset
 NFU Hampshire
 NFU Mutual
 NFU Wilts
 Piscatorial Society
 Ringwood & District Anglers Association
 River Restoration Centre
 Royalty Fishery, Christchurch
 RSPB
 SAC Forum members
 Salisbury & District Angling Club
 Salisbury District Council
 Salmon and Trout Association
 Sandy Balls Caravan Park
 Services Dry Fly Fishing
 Thames Water
 Till Fly Fishers Association
 Wessex Salmon and Rivers Trust
 Wessex Water
 Wilton Club
 Wilton Fly Fisheries / Avon roach project
 Wilton Fly Fishing Club
 Wiltshire county archaeology
 Wiltshire County Council
 Wiltshire County Council (and River Avon Planning Forum)
 Wiltshire Fishery Association




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