Fresh consultation on coastal path

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

 

PEOPLE on the Isle of Wight have been urged to show support for a complete coastal path, after Defra announced a second consultation round.

A consultation will run until January 24 to give a second opportunity for people to state, or re-state, their views on whether or not the government should make an order for the Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight Ramblers’ chairman David Howarth said: "This is a tremendous opportunity for all Islanders to show their support for this essential scheme.

"Whilst the rest of England is developing a 2,800 mile coastal path, the Island is currently excluded.

"The financial benefits would be extremely beneficial to the Island’s economy. We know that £380 million was spent by users of the South West Coastal Path in 2011.

"The current Island path is good in parts, but there are some 21 miles which are nowhere near the sea. An order to develop our coastal path would produce a world class trail."

The Country Land and Business Association, which represents landowners, previously branded the exercise "a waste of public money" urging, instead an informal access scheme.

The consultation is online at:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/landscape-outdoor-recreation-and-forestry/isle-of-wight-coastal-access

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by neil jacks

12th December 2013, at 13:34:17

Agreed. Replaced the springs on my car earlier in the year. It was better with the busted one's,I can feel every pot hole now.

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by neil jacks

11th December 2013, at 16:31:29

hey lee, this is the isle of wight mate, why would you want any of the "amenities you listed"

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by Catherine Black

11th December 2013, at 15:59:54

Can we have the figures please Mr Howarth on how much the council will have to spend in forcing the relevant landowners to have a footpath on their land, I believe that English Heritage is one, can we, the council tax payers, afford this? If anyone saw Countryfile last week they will have seen that only a tiny percentage of the entire coastal path has been finished, was it about 8%? The South West Coast path is an established path, did any of those users who spent 380million walk it just because it is now called the coastal path? I do feel the money and energy would be better spent on improving our footpaths and re-grading some footpaths to bridleways so that more horse riders and cyclists can take safer routes off our main roads. But I feel that Mr Howarth won't want this, he only wants footpaths for ramblers.

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by John Lennon

11th December 2013, at 14:22:26

I hope this coastal path doesn't include the walkway between Totland and Colwell Bay. People will need snorkels and flippers to get by there!

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by Steve Smith

11th December 2013, at 13:43:35

Mr Crowe, asking for Proof! facts and figures??

Is this the same Mr Crowe that never gives any answers regarding a fixed link?

Here's an idea Mike, you tell us who is ready and willing to build a fixed link and we'll give you the facts & fgures on the Coastal Path.

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by David Blackford

11th December 2013, at 13:31:07

I agree Mike - so often we get these "out of the blue" figures on spending or saving with no facts to back them up. People using the South West coastal path may well stay in B&Bs and buy sandwiches - but £360M? sounds rather a lot.
On our Island a complete coastal path would certainly be an extra tourist attraction which, in itself brings income to hotels etc.(pity it's not a revival of the old rail network)

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by Mike Crowe

11th December 2013, at 13:22:39

""We know that £380 million was spent by users of the South West Coastal Path in 2011""

Proof please. Facts and figures.

HOW will the Island benefit?

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