Coastal warning from CLA

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A GROUP that represents landowners in the countryside says Government guidelines over coastal access in Durham must be adhered to.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in the North warns Natural England it must stick to Defra’s recommendations so the problems experienced by landowners in the first phase are not repeated.

The Association said the recently launched review of the first three years of the Coastal Access Scheme by Natural England could be an opportunity to put right issues identified by Defra.

The CLA in the North has previously branded the Government’s plan to create a new England Coast Path section between Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland as a waste of public money because adequate access is already provided.

CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “This review is an opportunity for Natural England to take into account landowners’ concerns about the impact of coastal access on their land and businesses, which were raised as part of the recent consultations in the North East and North West.

 “It is unreasonable to expect private landowners to bear the cost for the maintenance of large swathes of land.”