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Coastal access—mixed ministerial messages

August 8, 2013

We must all fight for the English Coastal Path!

CampaignerKate

Environment minister Richard Benyon is in no hurry to deliver access around England’s coastline, but on BBC2 Newsnight, on Monday 5 August, he did at least say that there would be access ‘in time’ (though not on the Isle of Wight, see blog passim).

On Newsnight Rajesh Mirchandani interviewed Richard Benyon who said:

‘If it takes a year or two more to do than we originally planned, I still think it’s a noble ambition that we will be delivering.

‘I want to concentrate on  areas where there’s the most economic benefit but I would love to be able to be playing with a different deck of cards than we inherited three years ago, and if that’s means we’ve got to take a little bit longer, then we have to—but it won’t be much longer.’

Rajesh interjects: ‘But the minister wonders if a continuous path is even the best…

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