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Notice ID: MF0536649

Notice effective from
15th January 2020 to 14th February 2020

Scottish Government RiaghaLtas na h-Alba


NOTICE OF DETERMINATION FORTH ROAD BRIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT DETERMINATION BY THE SCOTTISH MINISTERS UNDER SECTION 55A OF THE ROADS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1984 The Scottish Ministers hereby give notice that they have determined that the project to install monitoring equipment on the Forth Road Bridge to undertake long-term unattended noise monitoring of the breeding tern colony at Long Craig Island in the Fife Council area is -

(a) not a project which falls within Annex I of Council Directive No. 2011/92/EU ("the Directive") on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment as amended by Council Directive No. 2014/52/EU of the European Parliament and Council;

(b) a relevant project within the meaning of section 55A of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, and falls within Annex II of the Directive, but that having regard to-

(i) the selection criteria contained in Annex III of the Directive,

(ii) the results of the Environmental Screening Assessment using Annex III criteria and the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 Screening Assessment,

(iii) The works are located on the structure of the Forth Road Bridge, close to the northern crossing point at North Queensferry in the Fife Council area. The works will involve mounting the noise monitoring equipment to the existing structure where possible, and mounting the microphone on poles, where necessary. The power will be from existing supplies. The Firth of Forth Ramsar site, Forth Islands Special Protection Area (SPA) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is directly below the works and the Long Craig Island SSSI

is approximately 1.5 km north east. An assessment has been

carried out which has determined that there will be no likely

significant effects to the qualifying features of these areas due

to the minimally invasive nature of the works and that the

works will be confined to the bridge.

The Forth Road Bridge is a Grade A listed structure and

therefore the City of Edinburgh Council have been consulted

for any maintenance or works on the bridge.

The Environmental Screening Assessment concluded that there

would be no likely significant effects on the environment from

the works.

It should not be made subject to an environmental impact assessment in accordance with the Directive, and accordingly the project does not require an Environmental Impact Assessment. In accordance with section 55A(5) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 -

(a) the criteria set out in Annex III that are relevant to the project are:

(i) the production of waste

(ii) pollution and nuisances

(iii) areas classified or protected under national legislation; Natura 2000 areas designated by Member States pursuant to Directive 92/43/EEC and Directive 2009/147/EC

(iv) landscapes and sites of historical, cultural or archaeological significance

(b) the main reasons for the conclusion that no Environmental Impact Assessment is required are:

(i) there will be no dust arisings or excessive noise.

(ii) there will be minimal waste produced, however it will be controlled to ensure that it is adequately stored and regularly removed from the work areas.

(iii) plant or vehicles will not be re-fuelled on site, minimising the risk of spillages. Pollution prevention guidelines will be adhered to at all times.

(iv) plant and vehicles will be regularly maintained and not left idling to ensure minimal emissions.

(v) in the event that temporary lighting is required, it will be directed only at the work area and away from any sensitive receptors.

(c) the following features of the project which are envisaged to avoid or prevent significant adverse effects on the environment are:

(i) works are contained to the bridge

(ii) works are minimally invasive

(iii) works will take place as midweek day-shifts

(iv) works will take place during the winter which is out with bird nesting season

(v) works are not located within an Air Quality Management Area or Noise Management Area

(vi) the waste hierarchy will be applied to any waste arisings

(vii) environmental best practice and guidance for the prevention of pollution will be adhered to at all times C. GAIR

A member of staff of the Scottish Ministers Transport Scotland, Buchanan House, Scotland


58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HF csmhohailmjia



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