Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Coastal Access

From KCC Website

Kent's coast is an important part of our identity - valued for its scenery, rich wildlife and heritage, for its sense of freedom and as a place for relaxation and enjoyment. It is one of the longest and most varied in England.

There are good opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding at various locations around the coast. There are also places where access may not be so good or could be improved.

The Government's vision for coastal access is to provide:-

'A coastal environment where rights to walk along the length of the English coast lie within a wildlife and landscape corridor that offers enjoyment, understanding of the natural environment and a high quality experience; and is managed sustainably in the context of a changing coastline.'

This vision seems in conflict with Thanet District Council's vision of Asset Stripping particularly on our coastline.

It continues to say.

The Marine and Coastal Access Bill is currently going through Parliament.The Bill is likely to receive Royal Assent in November. It aims to improve access around Kent's coast (and all of England) by creating a long distance walking route and creating a margin of accessible land where people will be able to spread out and explore, rest or picnic should they wish to.

I understand this has now been passed.

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