Today we’re celebrating the Government’s announcement that more than £5.3 million has been committed to ensure the England Coast Path will be completed and open for all to enjoy by 2020, ten years earlier than was originally planned.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced that an additional £44,000 of funding will be made available this year and £5.26 million in 2015-16 to speed up the opening of the seaside path.
Our members and supporters have been the driving force behind the campaign to open up all 3,000 miles of England’s beautiful coastline for everyone to enjoy.
Previous timetables only outlined work on the project up to 2016. We feared progress would stall until Nick Clegg announced in a speech in September that the coast path would be completed by 2020. But funding still remained uncertain.
We’re thrilled by today’s announcement from the Government that funds have been confirmed to ensure the entire England Coast Path will be ready for walkers to enjoy by 2020. There is huge public love for our coast and it’s great that people recognise the enormous benefits that access to our coastline will bring.
Throughout our 80 year history, we’ve consistently campaigned to open up the coast line and we’re thrilled that this dream will soon become a reality.
Our chief executive, Benedict Southworth, said: “Investing in the coast path is not just good news for walkers, but will help to breathe new life into our coastal towns and villages, boosting tourism and the local economy and reconnecting people with their stretch of coast, helping to promote health and wellbeing.”
Our successful effort to get a path around the England coastline has recently been recognised by the public affairs industry, shortlisting us for Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year.
Photo: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Dan Rogerson MP walk with Ramblers advocacy and engagement director, Nicky Philpott