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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:06am 28th February 2018.

Natural England has today (28th February 2018) published its proposals to improve public access along a 59 mile stretch of coast between Easington and Filey Brigg.

If approved, this route will become part of the England Coast Path – the 2700 mile long distance walking route and England’s newest National Trail currently being developed around the entire English coast by Natural England.

There is now a period of eight weeks for legal interests and members of the public to make objections or representations that the Secretary of State must take into account when considering whether to approve the proposals.

The proposals recommend significant improvements to coastal access along the Holderness coast enabling the trail to ‘roll back’ when erosion occurs using a simple and cost-effective process.  If approved, this will provide a sustainable right of access on foot maintaining a continuous walking route along this eroding coast.

The proposed route travels south from the holiday resort of Filey, to the famous white cliffs of Flamborough Head before passing through the popular seaside towns of Bridlington and Hornsea. It takes in the quieter sections of Holderness coast, which is dominated by arable farming, with shingle beaches and wide open views of sea and coastline. Natural England proposes using and improving many existing rights of way as well as creating approximately 30 miles of new access to provide a continuous walking route.     

This is the first stretch of the England Coast Path to be developed in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the second stretch in North Yorkshire where the Filey Brigg to Newport Bridge stretch was opened in July 2016.

Adelle Rowe, Natural England’s Area Manager for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire said:

“We have had discussions with landowners and key organisations along the proposed route; their input has been essential and helped shape these proposals - we thank everyone for their time and input so far. Over the next eight weeks, we are inviting all organisations, farmers, local residents, visitors and businesses to have their say. It’s important that all responses are taken into account and we look forward to hearing people’s views.”   


Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

"These proposals for the Coast Path are very exciting for the whole of the East Yorkshire Coast. The new Path would help to boost tourism in this area still further, creating even better access to our resorts like Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea, but also opening access to the entire coastline in all its beauty along the Holderness coast and the cliffs. The new Path would also play a key part in our Active Coast programme, helping people to be active and healthy whilst enjoying the natural environment. It links in to one of the main objectives of the Active Coast programme: Explore - out and about on the Yorkshire Coast.

The council will continue to work with Natural England on the development and promotion of this Path, as we want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy what our coastline has to offer."

Councillor Don Mackenzie added:

“As Executive Member for Access at North Yorkshire County Council I welcome this progress towards further extension of the Coastal Path into East Yorkshire. The Path is a great way to attract visitors to our county and also to attract our residents to spend time in the fresh air and taking exercise. Well done Natural England.”

Anyone can make representations to Natural England about the report during the eight week period. Owners and occupiers of affected land can make objections about the report on specified grounds, which will be considered by a Planning Inspector before the Secretary of State makes a final decision.

All representations and objections must be received by Natural England no later than midnight on 25th April. Copies of the report can be viewed in local libraries, council offices and tourist information centres. The full report and all the forms and guidance on how to make a representation or objection within the next eight weeks are also available on https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/england-coast-path-easington-to-filey-brigg


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