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BMC pushes coastal access campaign

Posted 12 August 2010
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BMC pushes coastal access campaign
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The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has urged people to step up their support for its campaign to ensure the proposed English Coastal Path goes ahead, so everyone can go walking and climbing right along the country's shoreline.

It has urged its supporters to write to their local MPs urging that the path is not among the targets for expenditure cuts, noting that "a government looking for billions of pounds to save may find this scheme an easy option to cut despite its long-term importance".

The BMC said for those who like to put on their climbing shoes and take on coastal cliffs, the establishment and maintenance of access to such sites is critical.

Earlier this month, environment and fisheries minister Richard Benyon insisted the government is still committed to the path, an announcement welcomed by the Ramblers director of campaigns Keith Roberts, who said he was "delighted" by the news.

Posted by Dan Mirza