CLA condemns coastal access on Isle of Wight

23 October 2013

The CLA has condemned proposals to extend the coastal access provisions in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to include the Isle of Wight. 

Responding to a Defra consultation on coastal access, the Association said there was an opportunity for the island to provide coastal access in a better way rather than the slow and expensive duplication process currently taking place in England.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "The Isle of Wight already has an excellent coastal path. It is difficult to see how this could be improved, given that any small areas which are currently inaccessible are likely to remain so for safety, security or environmental reasons. 

"To extend coastal access provisions to the island would be a costly and bureaucratic exercise with little real benefit to users. If the Government wishes to improve access, it should look at alternative methods which have been much more successful, such as the Welsh Coastal Path."

Read the CLA's full consultation response to "An Order for the Isle of Wight under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009"