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Turbulent seas

June 26, 2013

I agree with everything Kate says. If the people of an island nation can’t have full access to their coast then it is a disgrace.


The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast, the light
Gleams, and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.

If only the creation of coastal access could be as calm as these lines from Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach.

So much of our history and culture is bound to the sea, it is only natural that we should want to walk along our coast.  The coastal-access programme will enable us to do that—provided that the government does not bring the work to an untimely halt as part of the spending cuts this week.

And there is a risk that it will be cut.  In Farmers’ Weekly on 14 June, the environment minister Richard Benyon is reported as saying at the Royal Cornwall Show that plans to extend coastal access could be…

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