Coastal Access Scheme – your comments invited
Natural England (NE) which body has a statutory duty to undertake a review of the Coastal Access Scheme by March 2013, are offering an opportunity to organisations and individuals to comment on the scheme process and to take part in the review. NE would like to know what aspects of it you think have worked and will work well, and also those felt not to have done so. The comments made will be fed into their review. Then once the review is complete, and before any irreversible changes are made, a formal consultation will be held in 2013-2014.
Already concerns are being addressed on the scheme for the Weymouth area, as might be expected from those with local expert knowledge. These may seen at http://www.jlaf.org.uk/news/JLAF27%20upto%20JLAF28/Lessons%20learned%20FINAL.pdf Other stretches of coast, e.g. the first Kent stretch between Ramsgate and Folkestone have a forthcoming public consultation due to start in October, followed by draft coastal access proposals for the first Norfolk stretch between Weybourne and Sea Palling.
Numerous concerns have already arisen in Norfolk and Suffolk over the wider impact of instituting the Coastal Path. Not least is the problem that many areas are privately owned so could lead to disputes, that vulnerable dune flood protection banks could be damaged permitting sea breakthrough, that marram fires must be guarded against, that dogs must be kept on a lead to protect crop pollution, antagonism of cattle,other livestock and ground nesting bird sites, and that parts of the route could be dangerous due to quicksands and soft cliff downfall. Also that once deeply buried WW-II military ordnance and defences are now being exposed by rapid erosion.
Coastal Access Team
Temple Quay House
2 The Square