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Government urged to consider public views on coastal path

Posted 11 February 2010
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Government urged to consider public views on coastal path
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The government has been urged by the Ramblers to take into account the views of the public more when making decisions about the proposed English Coastal Path.

According to the body, the Marine and Coastal Access Act is skewed towards the views of landowners instead of the public.

This, the body says, is because while Natural England is duty bound to consider the view of both, only landowners will have the right to appeal decisions over access.

Senior campaign officer for the Ramblers Justin Cooke said: "So far the plans run the risk that only landowners will be listened to."

A change of government policy may help to ensure that those donning their walking boots will have more access to the English coast than may end up being the case under the present plans.

With a general election approaching, Scotland's Ramblers are also keen to exert some pressure on politicians.

The body has urged David Cameron to agree to take action to prevent pylons on the Beauly-Denny power line being erected in areas of outstanding countryside - including parts of the Cairngorms National Park - if he becomes prime minister.

Posted by Elaine Arthur