THE government is thinking again about its decision to exclude the Isle of Wight from the national coastal path.
Parliamentary under secretary of state at DEFRA Richard Benyon announced he is to reconsider whether to make an order under the 2009 Marine and Coastal Access Act.
He will publish his decision, and a full account of the reasons for it, following that reconsideration.
It was only in July the government decided not to include the Island in plans to ring the country’s coastline with a path, despite huge local support, particularly from the Isle of Wight Ramblers.
The government said at the time the Isle of Wight was not a priority for inclusion.
Isle of Wight Ramblers’ chairman David Howarth said: "While the act was passing through parliament in 2009, the government of the day — with multi-party support — promised to raise an order to include the Isle of Wight.
"After four years of procrastination, we hope the secretary of state will now sign an order without further delay."
At present, much of the Island has a coastal path but there are significant gaps, meaning inland road diversions for walkers.