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Candidates supporting coastal access

Posted 21 April 2010
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Candidates supporting coastal access
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Hundreds of general election candidates have signed a commitment to seek to improve levels of coastal access for the public if they are elected.

The total of 432 candidates who have agreed the pledge is around a fifth of the number of people standing, with the deadline for nominations now closed.

Such signatures commit the candidates - if elected - to support the pledges in the Ramblers Walking Manifesto to ensure a continuous coastal route around England is created by the Marine and Coastal Access Act passed last year.

The Ramblers stated that it will require the "political" will of local MPs and other elected representatives to ensure access happens in practice, so people can don their walking equipment and enjoy the coast.

Coastal access manager for the Ramblers Justin Cooke said the support "demonstrates the universal support that walking and access enjoys".

He noted that support has come from across the political spectrum.

Recent opinion polls have strongly suggested that the election will produce the first hung parliament since 1974, which could make cross-party support for the practical implementation of the bill vital.

Posted by Elaine Arthur