Public views sought for Kent coastal path plans
Natural England has unveiled plans for a new walking route in Kent as part of the England Coast Path project.
Still in the initial stages, Natural England, together with Kent County Council, has held discussions with local landowners to talk in detail about precisely where the 60 km coast-to-coast walk should lead. The groups are now urging residents to make their views known.
Stretching between Ramsgate and Folkestone, it is thought that the route will run along the cliff top and coastal paths between Sandwich, Deal and Dover, with special consideration being given to allow the path to 'roll back' in the future if part of the path is lost through erosion of the cliffs.
The aim is to provide an improved walk, allowing easier access and enabling more people to 'rest and admire the views', according to thisiskent.co.uk.
The plans will now go on display in local libraries for public consultation, says bbc.co.uk, with proposals then being submitted to the Government in early November 2012. Natural England wants to hear from as many people as possible to help create the route.
Kent County Council's Mike Hill said: ‘The coastal access route is for residents to use. Feedback is key to help shape the final proposals and ensure any issues are addressed.
Working with Natural England, the county council has put in a great deal of effort to deliver a new national trail that will show off the very best of Kent's fantastic historic and natural coastline.’