Isle of Wight will have to wait for coastal path work

By a County Press reporter

Friday, July 11, 2014

 

IT COULD be many years before the Island’s proposed coastal path becomes a reality, the Isle of Wight Council has admitted today (Friday).

Yesterday the government pledged to help create a path around the entire coastline of the Isle of Wight.

The announcement followed five years of campaigning by ramblers calling for the Island to be included in plans for an all England coast path which is currently being built.

The Island was originally left out of the plans when the Marine and Coastal Access Act was passed in 2009.

In a statement issued today (Friday), the council said it was delighted that the Island would now be included in plans for an all England path.

However, the council warned it could be 2020 or later before Natural England started work on the Island and many years after that to fully create and implement access.

The council said: "It is important to point out that the Isle of Wight already has a hugely popular coastal path which has successfully attracted walkers and other tourists to the Island since 1950 when it was created.

"Although the path by its nature, has some areas of improvement, the route is open and still very much in use. Inclusion in the Coastal Access Act 2009 does not mean any immediate impact on any rights of way. In the meantime, the council will continue its very successful and award-winning work with landowners and user groups to improve and develop the existing routes both on the coast and inland, by voluntary agreements and partnership working."

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