Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve should not be run by council, says society
PUBLISHED: 08:26 16 October 2015
The Bristol Naturalists’ Society (BNS) believes Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve’s long-term future would be better if in the hands of a conservation charity, rather than North Somerset Council.
The council is considering whether to fund the reserve differently and axe the levy which some Portishead homeowners pay, as well as whether it could manage the site.
A BNS spokesman said: “This site has long been recognised as providing a much needed corridor to link the diverse habitats and reserves of the Gordano Valley with the Severn Estuary and is already confined by the Portbury Dock development on one side and an expanding Portishead on the other. It is an area which needs to be managed carefully and protected in perpetuity.
“We consider it important that the future security of the reserve is safeguarded by the full implementation of the original planning agreement which led to its creation.
“This intended that the freehold of the land and its future management as a nature reserve be passed to a recognised conservation body or charity.
“We call upon North Somerset Council to honour the spirit of that agreement and to give up plans to take over the freehold and future management of the reserve.
“The council is not a recognised conservation body and this reserve is too important a site for its future to be compromised.”
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