Make the Most of the Coast Campaign

Posted by Cath Flitcroft on 12/08/2010
BMC urge Government to roll out coastal access plans

The BMC campaign for coastal access is continuing as we urge the new Coalition Government to realise the importance and economic potential of better access to our beautiful English coastline; we are now pressing them to move ahead with the roll out of Natural England’s scheme.

The BMC has campaigned long and hard to secure better coastal access around our English coast and were heavily involved with shaping Part 9 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act as it went through Parliament under the previous Government. We are now urging the new Coalition, in light of Government expenditure cuts, to continue with the roll out of Natural England’s coastal access scheme.

You can help the BMC campaign for a right of permanent access to our coastline by writing to your local MP and expressing your support for the implementation of the new coastal access rights. This will help ensure that the delivery of better coastal access remains high on the political agenda.

There is currently a lack of clarity and consistency in access arrangements along the coast of England and there are many areas that remain inaccessible. Part 9 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act addresses this as it places a duty on the Secretary of State and Natural England to secure two objectives – to create a series of long-distance routes around the coast of England (a coastal path) and in association with the route, a margin of land along the length of the English coast (a coastal margin) which will be accessible for the purpose of open air recreation.

Natural England is pushing ahead with creating the new coastal path and associated margin of land in five pilot areas around the coast of England but it is unclear what long term money will be available to carry out improvements on the ground in these areas and elsewhere – there is a real threat that Government will delay the roll out of this scheme indefinitely. There are also fears that a Government looking for billions of pounds to save may find this scheme an easy option to cut despite its long term importance.

Help us campaign
If you would like to help us lobby Government to continue with the roll out of the coastal access scheme then please write to your local MP expressing your support for better coastal access. Your local MP can be found here.

Download the campaign letter (England) (pdf)

You can also ask your MP to write to the Secretary of State on your behalf.

Volunteers needed
We are looking for access volunteers to represent their stretch of the coast in England and to work with BMC head office and local authorities on the ground to ensure that our voice is heard. The BMC and Ramblers are currently putting together a Coastal Access Volunteer Guidance pack and will be running a number of workshops around the country to inform members of the new legislation and how they can get involved. If you are interested or wish to know more, please contact BMC Access & Conservation Officer, Cath Flitcroft on 0161 438 3333 or Cath@thebmc.co.uk

Find out more
Take a look at the BMC Coastal Access Database to see the importance of coastal access to climbing.
 



« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 495 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

BMC campaign wins open access to the Welsh coast
1
BMC campaign wins open access to the Welsh coast

In a big win for a key part of a long-running BMC campaign to improve access in Wales, walkers and climbers should be able to freely access coastal areas and sea cliffs as a part of a shake-up of access law recently announced by the Welsh Government.
Read more »

The cuts continue: but what does the Spending Review mean for the great outdoors?
0
The cuts continue: but what does the Spending Review mean for the great outdoors?

Last week, the Chancellor set out plans for departmental spending over the next five years. We look at the potential impact on funding for outdoor recreation.
Read more »

BMC welcomes 2020 deadline for England’s coastal path and spreading room
1
BMC welcomes 2020 deadline for  England’s coastal path and spreading room

The government’s pledge to speed up access improvements around England’s coast has been welcomed by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) – the representative body for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers in England and Wales.
Read more »

Post a Comment

Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
0

There are currently no comments, why not add your own?

RELATED ARTICLES

BMC campaign wins open access to the Welsh coast
1

In a big win for a key part of a long-running BMC campaign to improve access in Wales, walkers and climbers should be able to freely access coastal areas and sea cliffs as a part of a shake-up of access law recently announced by the Welsh Government.
Read more »

The cuts continue: but what does the Spending Review mean for the great outdoors?
0

Last week, the Chancellor set out plans for departmental spending over the next five years. We look at the potential impact on funding for outdoor recreation.
Read more »

BMC welcomes 2020 deadline for  England’s coastal path and spreading room
1

The government’s pledge to speed up access improvements around England’s coast has been welcomed by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) – the representative body for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers in England and Wales.
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £16.97.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »