What's New

June 2016

MEAS will be holding a lunchtime reception on the 29th June from 12.45 to mark the completion of our Historic England funded project to completely digitise the Merseyside Historic Environment Record (HER). The event will take place at the Museum of Liverpool and will include short presentations by representatives of the Museum, Historic England and the HER project team. We are seeking outside sponsorship to cover some of the costs of the meeting and if you are interested in providing support, or just in attending, please contact the HER Team by e-mail at Merseyside.her@eas.sefton.gov.uk or by phone on 0151 934 2791.

**NEW ARRIVAL** From June 2016, MEAS has an Archeologist (Planning) officer in post who will be providing archaeological advice relating to planning and development management to the local authorities of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral. Further information is available here.

May 2016

The LCR Ecological Network interactive mapping website launches today (06/05/2016). The website enables users to view and query designated site and habitat data online for the first time in the Liverpool City Region. The maps can be accessed directly from the following URL: http://www.activenaturalist.org.uk/lcren/map/

December 2015

MEAS staff on behalf of the 6 Liverpool City Region Councils picked up the Collaboration Award for the Joint Waste Local Plan at the RTPI North West Planning Achievement Awards 2015 on Friday 4th December at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. The Plan was heralded as "An excellent flagship project for cross-boundary policy making..." For more information click here. A big well done to everyone involved on the project!

November 2015

**UPDATE** Nature Connected (the LCR Local Nature Partnership) also approved the LCR Ecological Network on 17 November.  We will provide further updates on the Ecological Network as it progresses.

The Government, and the 6 Liverpool City Region Councils agreed on 19 November 2015, to a Devolution Deal for the sub-region. The Deal covers Sefton, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Wirral and Halton.The Deal would see almost £1 billion of additional funding for the City Region over the next 30 years, together with an increase local decision-making and funding control in relation to the key priority areas of economic development, transport and skills. The Devolution Deal gives the City Region councils more control over decisions that Government currently makes in our local area.

The digitisation project of the Merseyside Historic Environment Record is now 69% of the way through Phase 1, processing the paper Sites and Monuments Record sheets from the 1970s and ‘80s. We also currently have a team of local volunteers working on listed buildings data for Merseyside, checking listing information and ensuring they are properly recorded on the HER. For more information about the HER project click here.

Liverpool City Region Ecological Network was approved 6 November 2015 by Heads of Planning at Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St.Helens, Wirral and West Lancashire Councils. The project will form a key part of their Local Plan evidence base and is the culmination of 8 years hard work. For more information click here.