Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum by Associated British Ports (P 19B)

  Having heard the evidence given to the Committee by English Nature in relation to the Kilnsea project, I have since taken the opportunity of discussing the situation with English Nature. I now believe that I may have unintentionally misled the Committee, and I am now writing to correct the matter.

  It is clear that English Nature have done some work at Kilnsea to commence its conversion to wetland, and that they have been monitoring the bird populations which apparently demonstrate that, with the exception of one species, the site has exceeded expectations. This is good news, but not consistent with the information I gave the Committee. For that I unreservedly apologise. Clearly we should arrange with English Nature to receive regular progress reports in future.

  The key issue about Kilnsea remains, however, that it was an additional project added to the suite of three ABP development projects. English Nature stated at the time of original consents that the four projects, taken together (Hull Reclamation, Quay 2005 in Hull, Humber International Terminal and Kilnsea), were environmentally acceptable. In seeking to advise DETR that a new appropriate assessment is required when the consents renewal fell due, English Nature seem to have avoided any reference to the Kilnsea site or its contribution to site integrity. This was the specific issue that ABP wished to raise with the Committee. What English Nature choose to do or not do with the Kilnsea site is largely a matter for them, although its apparent success is gratifying.

Graham Rabbitts

Environment Manager

25 April 2001

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