Seaford and Polegate MP Maria Caulfield has welcomed the announcement that funding for the England Coast Path has been protected in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
The project, spearheaded by the Ramblers, is due to be completed in 2020 and will open up the entire UK coastline for exploration by walkers. The path will allow the public to discover the current 34 percent of coastline that is currently inaccessible.
Maria Caulfield said, “I welcome this news and strongly support the project which will allow people to explore the wonderful coastlines of the England.
“It is important that we continue to preserve and enjoy our countryside and this news proves that the Government is committed to making this happen.”
The government has now given a clear indication that they intend to follow through on their pledge. Responding to a Parliamentary Question, DEFRA Minister Rory Stewart confirmed that funding to complete the coastal path around England by 2020 will be protected. Further details about funding will be announced early next year.
The Ramblers have been the driving force behind the campaign to open up the coast for everyone to enjoy, including beaches for children to play on and cliffs for climbers. In 2009, They won the right to walk along the coast and explore beaches but development on the ground was slow. Through the Ramblers’ One Coast for All campaign, its been lobbying the government to open up thecoastline and set out a full timetable for completion.
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