Residents are being asked for their views on ambitious plans to create an England Coast Path allowing full access to Essex’s picturesque coastline.
Natural England published the first Essex-based proposals today (Thursday, 30 March). These will cover the 25-mile Maldon to Salcott stretch of the England Coast Path inviting comment, representations and objections on the plans over an eight-week period.
You can find out more about the plans here:
You can share your views on the plans by emailing email@example.com, calling 0208 026 38 37 or writing to:
Essex Coastal Access Delivery Team,
17 Smith Square
The Secretary of State will then decide whether to approve the proposals in the report, with or without any necessary changes.
Once finished the England Coast Path will be a well way-marked 2,700 mile long National Trail, around the whole of the English coast, passing through some of our finest countryside and some of England’s most stunning, dynamic, challenging and famous coastal scenery. Other sections will be consulted on over the coming months.
Andrew Cook, Essex County Council Director for Highways and Transportation, said: “I would urge residents to engage with Natural England’s proposals for the Essex stretches of the England Coast Path as they are consulted on over the coming months.
“The Maldon to Salcott section covers a beautiful, wild part of Essex coastline. It’s important that residents get involved in the development of the England Coast Path at this early stage to ensure we can create a route that works for residents, businesses and visitors to the county.”
Natural England’s proposals conclude discussions they have been having with local people over the last six months.
They have met with nearly 200 people who live nearby or who have an interest in the project, offering one-to-one meetings with anyone who has a legal interest in land potentially affected by the route.
Natural England also worked with key interest groups to gather expert opinion regarding the proposed route. It has worked with Essex County Council, as the delivery partner, which has offered guidance and support from the Highways team to further refine the proposals ready for publication.
The public will have the opportunity to comment on other Essex sections of the England Coast Path when a number of consultations go live over the coming months.
Having listened to people’s views and gathered expert advice, our proposals aim to strike the balance between public and private interests to offer the best possible coastal walk whilst helping to maintain or improve conservation of Essex’s internationally important coastline.