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Rural landlords attack coastal path plans

Posted 16 November 2012
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Rural landlords attack coastal path plans
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A body representing rural landlords has objected to the idea of extending the English Coastal Path to include the Isle of Wight.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has condemned the idea in its reponse to a public enquiry by the Deprtamnet for the envirionment, fisheries and food.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said the island already has an "excellent" coastal path people can go walking on.

He added: "It is difficult to see how this could be improved, given that any small areas which are currently inaccessible are likely to remain so for safety, security or environmental reasons."

Mr Cottrell argued that the duplication system being implemented to create the English coastal path is a costly and bureaucratic one, suggesting that the approach used to create the Welsh Coastal path would work much better.

The idea of a formal coastal path on the island has the support of the Ramblers, which has said that there are many areas where the lack of access presents walkers with "frustrating interruptions" at the moment.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801489892-ADNFCR