At the Gravesham Council meeting on the 20th June the Committee received a presentation from Francesca Sanchez, England Coast Path Lead Adviser, Natural England on the England Coast Path Extension from Grain to Woolwich.
Francesca Sanchez, highlighted the following (to see the presentation click here):
- Natural England are not a right of way team, any issues with access points along the path need to be put to the local Access Authority, either KCC or Medway.
- KCC are experienced with the costal path process. The funding is very well audited because it is public funds, evidence is provided for what they spend the money on.
- Some industrial areas are likely to be redeveloped in the future; Natural England will then be able to realign the costal path closer to the Thames, if the redevelopment provides better access.
- Any ideas for the coast path (e.g. improvements to existing riverside paths in Gravesend, access for small boats / clubs etc) can be email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We understand that the Lower Thames Crossing should not affect the coast path because it will involve a bored tunnel which will exit near Chalk so the tunnel will not impact on the public right of way on the coast.
- The infrastructure costs for the Grain to Woolwich stretch will be available in the published report, due Spring 2018.
- Once the cost path is open; KCC will enter into National Trail partnership and can encourage/support local businesses and local groups to join. The National Trail website is very good for relevant local businesses to advertise their services: www.nationaltrail.co.uk
There will be a public drop-in session at the Gravesham Civic Centre on Wednesday 5 July 2017, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, where people can learn more about the project and share their views.by