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Water Sports: Bournemouth

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to grant a licence to Bournemouth for the operation of the artificial surf reef. (145618)

An application to construct an artificial surf reef at Boscombe is under consideration by the Marine and Fisheries Agency and its advisers. An assessment is being made of the environmental, navigational and fisheries implications, taking into account the views of a number of consultees. A meeting has been arranged with the applicant and Bournemouth district council, to discuss aspects of the project.

Once this assessment has been completed a decision will be made as to whether to issue a licence.