Public Footpaths: Coastal Areas

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the target date is for completion of the England Coast Path.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The coastal access programme has so far opened up 101 miles of our beautiful coastline for everyone to enjoy, boosting local tourism and growing the rural economy.

The Government is working closely with Natural England to build on the progress already made, with the aim of completing the coastal path around England by 2020. We have approved Natural England’s coastal access proposals for a further 176 miles. By the end of this financial year we expect Natural England to have submitted proposals for another 349 miles and also to be working on proposals for an additional 986 miles.

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