The Flamborough Head Relevant Authorities Group

The Flamborough Head Relevant Authorities Group (previously the Management Group), brings together all the authorities that fall within the European Marine Site. This group has no delegated powers, as it is purely a representative body to involve all Relevant Authorities in the ongoing management of the SAC. The group elects a chair on an annual basis and invites the chair of the Maritime Forum to sit on the group, to ensure transparency. The group meets every 6 months, with additional meetings held when needed.


The Flamborough Head Maritime Forum

The Maritime Forum provides a focus for stakeholder involvement in the management of the Flamborough Head European Marine Site and is open to all stakeholders not present on the Management Group.  Its membership consists of representatives from a range of interests, as a result of an open invitation to its establishment meeting. The Forum is independently chaired and where representatives have not been able to attend all meetings, all relevant information is disseminated.

The role of the Forum is as follows:

  • To represent interests of the users of the site within the development of the management plan;
  • To represent the conservation interests in the ongoing management of the site;
  • To act as a forum for general discussion of issues relevant to the group;
  • To advise the management group as necessary regarding issues relating to the site;
  • To report back to other groups within each area of interest.


The Flamborough Fisheries Liaison Group

Whilst reviewing the plan it became apparent that fisheries queries could not solely be dealt with in the Flamborough Maritime Forum, therefore The Flamborough Fisheries Liaison Group was set up in 2007. This meeting is open to all those interested in the fishing sector with representation from both the recreational and commercial sector. Meetings are held twice a year and then as needed.


The Flamborough Headland Environmental Assets Partnership

Whilst reviewing the Flamborough Head Management Plan a 25-year vision for Flamborough Head was written, this vision will be delivered through three major sections of the plan Policies, an Action Plan and Projects. It was recognised that a wider range of organisations and groups would be needed to successfully deliver the Projects section.  As a result, the Flamborough Headland Environmental Assets Group was formed. Through partnership working the Flamborough Headland Environmental Assets Group will take forward the project elements of the Flamborough Head
Management Plan, these will cover for example:

  • Access;
  • Interpretation;
  • Education and awareness raising;
  • Sustainable economic regeneration using the natural environment as a resource.

The management group for the Flamborough SAC consists of representatives from the following relevant authorities organisations with legal powers in the European Marine Site:


East Riding of Yorkshire Council provides a range of local Government Services for the area covering most of Flamborough Head. Relevant functions include countryside management, development control, co-ordination of the Shoreline Management Plan south of Flamborough, environmental health and promotion of local tourism.


Natural England is the statutory adviser to the Government on nature conservation in England and promotes the conservation of England's wildlife and natural features. The North and East Yorkshire team, one of 21 local teams, serves the wildlife and people of North and East Yorkshire, including Flamborough Head.


The Environment Agency in England and Wales provides a comprehensive approach to the protection and management of the environment by combining the regulation of land, air and water. The Agency exists to provide high quality environmental protection and improvement. This is achieved by an emphasis on prevention, education and vigorous enforcement wherever necessary.


The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority, with responsibilities to both the commercial fishing industry and marine ecology management, aims to manage, regulate, develop and protect fisheries within its area of jurisdiction with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the marine environment.


The Marine Management Organisation was established from the Marine and Coastal Act    2009 to make a significant contribution to sustainable development within the marine area. The MMO promotes the UK Government's vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.


North Yorkshire County Council is the main provider of essential services to a population of more than half a million people, including education for life, community care for all ages, communications links and public protection. Additional local services including housing, leisure and refuse collection are co-ordinated by the district councils such as Scarborough.


Scarborough Borough Council provides a range of local Government services for the area north of Speeton in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council including countryside management, development control, co-ordination of the Shoreline Management Plan north of Flamborough, environmental health, management of harbours and promotion of local tourism.


The Trinity House has a duty to deliver modern, reliable and economical aids to navigation service, to assist the safety of all classes of mariners in general navigation. Its principal activities include buoy laying, superintendence of and consent to local lights, wreck marking and/or dispersal, helicopter and lighthouse operations, and the provision of differential G.P.S.


Yorkshire Water Services Ltd. is the company that provides households water services 24 hours a day. As a company they are committed to achieving environmental best practice throughout all their business activities.



The Bridlington Harbour Commissioners exist to serve the traditional Port of Bridlington and promote best practice amongst harbour users and in carrying out its duties.




The Flamborough and North Landing Harbour Commissioners exist to serve the traditional fishing communities of Flamborough and North Landing through the promotion of the local fishing and tourism industries.


Involving the local community

The statutory SAC process builds on much of the work already undertaken by the voluntary Sensitive Marine Area Project, which ran from 1994 to 1998, in identifying issues affecting the marine environment around Flamborough Head

Work will continue with user groups and local communities, through the Flamborough Head Maritime Forum, to identify ways of avoiding or reducing deterioration of the interest features, where significant risks have been identified.