Routing out a new way to see coastal views

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A PATHWAY which will give walkers access to some of the best views of the region’s coastline has been approved.

A 55km stretch between South Bents in Sunderland and North Gare in Hartlepool has been given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) following discussions between Natural England, councils, landowners, residents and other organisations.

It is hoped the route will be complete by spring, with a cost of £74,607 to establish it and an annual maintenance sum of £34,900 set out.

It will see where any part is eroded, a replacement section can be put in place.

The Government says the improvements should support the economy as visitors spend in shops, pubs and hotels.

Sunderland City Council cabinet member for city services, Councillor James Blackburn, said: “We are very pleased that our partnership work on coastal access with Natural England has now been endorsed by the Secretary of State.

“This project will help secure, improve and protect public access to the pathways along our beautiful and spectacular coastline.”