Publication dateFebruary 1983
Letter from Michael Heseltine and Government Consultation Paper (Department of the Environment, 1983)
The document which proposed the idea for the Mersey Basin Campaign. Then Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Heseltine's letter lays down the challenge for Northwest England, proposing a long term, multi-partner campaign, and the accompanying government consultation paper sets out the possible aims and scope of such an organisation.
Publication dateSeptember 2003
This Land Is Our Land
Ben Willis examines the Irk Valley Project, a pilot public participation exercise along the River Irwell which was one of the Northwest's first responses to the Water Framework Directive. He discovers how local people contributed to the river regeneration plans.
Publication dateMay 2004
Ribble Pilot River Basin: Public participation and river basin planning: early experiences
This is a report on the Ribble Pilot Project to test public participation in the planning process for the Water Framework Directive.
It focuses on three forms of stakeholder engagement: public access to background information, consultation in the planning process and involvement of all interested parties in the implementation of the Directive.
The report details methods of engagement, and findings from the project.
Publication dateJune 2004
Spotlight - Ruth Turner
Source talks to Ruth Turner, non-executive director of social research company Vision 21 about the benefits that can be achieved through effective public consultation.
Publication dateJanuary 2005
From stakeholder mapping to participatory appraisal, public consultation is becoming one of the most important steps in any regeneration project plan. Louise Tickle explores the various methods used by organisations when consulting stakeholders and the public, and finds out why this process is crucial for ensuring projects are sustainable.
Publication dateSeptember 2001
Integrated Catchment Management and Planning for Sustainability: The Case of the Mersey Basin Campaign
This research examines the emerging role of 'planning for sustainability' in the context of river catchment management, with the Mersey Basin Campaign as the principal case study. Good water quality and a healthy water cycle are essential for sustaining ecosystems and the human and industrial activities within them. For this reason, Integrated Catchment Management is a vital component of the emerging sustainability agenda. The last two decades have seen a call for increased integration in water management, driven by recognition of the limits of a fragmented organizational approach and an increased understanding of the interconnected nature of many of the problems that affect water quality. Symptoms of water-related problems are often detected far from their sources. Efforts to improve the water environment require action at multiple geographic scales, and involve many different sectors and actors.
The newly enacted European Union Water Framework Directive requires each Member State to produce an integrated management plan for every river basin. These plans must be formulated with a high degree of community and stakeholder involvement. The Mersey Basin Campaign offers a valuable case study in how to achieve this ambitious objective.
This research has examined two of the Campaign’s delivery mechanisms, partnership networking and strategic planning, linking across spatial scales. Interviews with 25 key players, participant observation and programme literature provided a wealth of data. In-depth analysis combined an inductive approach, based on grounded theory, with an exploration of key themes in the light of systems thinking. This qualitative methodology allowed an extensive exploration of key characteristics of communication and strategic planning in the Campaign. Discussion of the nature of stakeholder partnerships clarified factors for their successful development. These include: shared vision and aims; broad engagement of sectors and stakeholders; equitable representation of interests; high level of participation in planning processes; synthesis of bottom-up and top-down planning; continuous, dynamic development; many opportunities for organizational learning; starting small with projects that lead to success stories; opportunities for informal interaction; and openness and transparency.
The research findings offer lessons from the 15 years of experience of the Campaign, which can be applied to similar initiatives, as well as pointers for improving the effectiveness of the Campaign itself.
Publication dateSeptember 2003
Towards a branding / naming strategy for the Mersey Basin Campaign
A report on the process undertaken in 2003 with a view to rebranding and possibly renaming the Mersey Basin Campaign. The process included workshops and interviewed with both staff and stakeholders, and this report is particularly interesting in terms of their perceptions of the Campaign and its values and characteristics.
Publication dateDecember 2009
Case study: Public consultation in land reclamation - Mersey Vale Nature Park
This case study is part of a specially written series focusing on our local action projects. They are designed to show you how some of our best projects were delivered. Each case study provides background information, examines the original project idea, methodology, funding information, looks at who was involved, and draws out lessons learned from the experience.
We hope these case studies will prove useful and inspirational, especially for those delivering similar work.
This case study focuses on the public consultation work which was undertaken around the creation of the Mersey Vale Nature Park in Heaton Mersey, Stockport.
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