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COASTAL FOOTPATH AT CASTLEHAVEN OFFICIALLY RE-OPENED

L-R: Wilf Payne, Royston Batcoe, Peter Wells, Nick Webb, Cllr Dave Stewart, Darrel Clarke, Cllr John Hobart, Vickie Ford, Mark Donovan and Carol Flux

Cllr Dave Stewart and Darrel Clarke check out the newly opened stretch of footpath NT46

One of the Isle of Wight’s network of coastal footpaths was formally reopened on Monday at Castlehaven in Niton.

The restoration of the Village Green and the NT46 footpath are the result of many years’ work between the Isle of Wight Council’s Rights of Way team and Niton and Whitwell Parish Council, with assistance from Gift to Nature and the Niton Harbour Club.

Councillor Dave Stewart, Leader of the Isle of Wight Council and Ward Member for Chale, Niton and Whitwell, said:

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“This is great news for the local community and people will be able to enjoy this unique location for years to come. Congratulations to the Parish Council and the Isle of Wight Council for all their hard work. As Ward Councillor, I am proud of what has been achieved and look forward to enjoying this community asset. Well done everyone.”

Graham Biss, Managing Director of Natural Enterprise said:

“Castlehaven Village Green is the newest site in our Gift to Nature portfolio and has some of the most stunning views. We realise how important it is to local people and visitors and have enjoyed working with Niton and Whitwell Parish Council to enhance its appearance”.

Cllr Tim Addison, Chairman of Niton and Whitwell Parish Council, said:

“Footpaths and bridleways provide essential connectivity in a rural parish. We are particularly proud of the work we’ve undertaken in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council. Our Council prioritises the sustainable management of our assets for the benefit of all residents and visitors.”

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The recent works are part of the first phase of the restoration of the Village Green, which the Parish Council sees as a long-term project. Working in partnership with Gift to Nature and alongside the Niton Harbour Club, it aims to create a safe and functional public space that provides a natural habitat which is sympathetic to its environment.

Further details may be found on the Parish Council website at www.nitonwhitwell.org.uk.

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