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ISLAND’S COASTAL PATH RECONSIDERATION

coastalpathIt’s fantastic news for local walkers and visitors alike after a surprise u-turn on the decision to exclude the Island from the National Coastal Path scheme.

After the Government announced plans to have a set coastal path and agreed to include the Isle of Wight back in 2009, in July it was announced that the Island would no longer be included in theses plans, despite the beautiful views, rolling countryside and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Just two months after this, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DEFRA, Richard Benyon, has said he will now reconsider that decision.

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Speaking about the announcement, David Howarth, Area Chairman of the IW Ramblers, said:

“While the Act was passing through parliament in 2009, the government of the day, with multi-party support, promised to raise an order to include the Isle of Wight.

“After four years of procrastination, we hope the secretary of state will now sign an order without further delay.”

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