Wirral to Wales Coastal Path Proposals Ready for Review
|Published: 16th December 2020 11:41|
Gerry Rusbridge from Natural England's Coastal Access Team has advised that interested parties can comment on proposals for improved access to the coast around the Wirral, including the Neston area.
He said: "On Wednesday 16th December 2020 Natural England submitted its compendium of reports to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out our proposals for improved access to the coast from Birkenhead to the Welsh border.
"These proposals form part of a programme to establish a continuous walking route around England's coastline, as set out in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
"Only owners, tenants or occupiers of affected land may make an objection to the Secretary of State but anyone can make a representation to the Secretary of State about these proposals.
"Further details about our reports can be found here.
"By visiting the coastal access webpage for this stretch of coast you will find all the information you need including the following documents and forms:
- The Overview and 3 individual reports with accompanying maps;
- The forms that must be used for making a representation or an objection;
- Guidance notes to help you complete the form(s).
"All representations and objections about any of the reports must be received by Natural England no later than midnight on Wednesday 10th February 2021, preferably by email. We cannot consider any responses received after this deadline.
"Given the current situation with regards to Covid-19, we would be especially grateful if you can return any completed objections or representations to us by Email, to the mailbox shown. If you have no option but to return by post, please be aware that we may well not be able to send you an acknowledgement of receipt as quickly as would normally be the case.
"If you have any further queries regarding the process or require further copies of the forms, then please get in touch by email.
"The Secretary of State will make a decision about each individual report when all representations and objections relating to that report have been considered. Establishment of the new access arrangements on individual lengths of coast will not begin until that decision is made in relation to the relevant report."
Of particular interest to Neston area residents may be the report on the stretch from The Boat House in Parkgate to the Welsh border, here.