CLA brands new coastal path plan as waste of moneyThe CLA in the North has branded the Government's plan to create a new England Coast Path section between Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland as a waste of public money because adequate access is already provided.
As public consultation on the new stretch begins this week, the Association says plans by Natural England to boost access along the coast under the Marine and Coastal Access Act are a highly questionable use of public money because so much of the coast is already accessible.
CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: "Natural England's own figures state that more than four-fifths of the coast is already accessible to the public. Of the remaining 16 percent, only half could be accessed, because ports, harbours, military bases or sites of crucial conservation cover the other half.
"In these straitened times when the Government is trying to cut public expenditure, it is misguided to spend millions of pounds replicating access that already exists. If the Government wants to spend money on the coast, then it would be better spent on improving the facilities already on the established coastal paths such as maintenance, signs, toilets and car parks."
A 32km stretch of the Dorset coast around Weymouth Bay became the first section of the new England Coast Path earlier this year. The Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland section is one of five other areas to open up stretches of the coastline in the same way as in Weymouth.
For further information and details on how to contribute to the consultation, are available on the Natural England website at: www.naturalengland.org.uk
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A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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