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Solent Protection Society - Newsletter Autumn 2019

Protecting the Solent and its Environment for Future Generations

Proposed English Coastal Path (South) Progress Report.

The English Coastal Path (South) is part of the proposal by Natural England (NE) to achieve as full a coastal path as possible along the area bordering the Solent. It is part of the coastal path project which covers the whole of England. In our last newsletter we
set out the method and format for defining the path and the full text of our consultation comments on the important Highcliffe to Calshot section. This report brings the developments up to date although these are running later than expected. Progress is being made however, with more sections out to consultation.

The identification map above is published again for ease of reference: Three sections, Section 1 - Highcliffe to Calshot, Section 5 - Portsmouth to South Hayling and Section 7 -
East Head to Shoreham, have now been published and the consultation period is now complete. However as far as we are aware, there has been no final decision on these sections from the Secretary of State.

Section 4 - Gosport to Portsmouth has now been published with consultation comments due by 15th August 2019 together with Section 2 - Calshot to Gosport with comments due by 11th September 2019. Solent Protection Society (SPS) has responded to the Gosport to Portsmouth section and our comments are set out below. We will also be responding to the Calshot to Gosport section.

Section 6 - South Hayling to East Head is now expected to be published in October 2019 and finally the Isle of Wight section in February 2020... we shall see!
SPS is supportive of better access to the Solent shoreline. Our main concern is with the safeguarding of the many protected areas and sanctuaries for birds, wildlife and environmental habitat along our shores and the control of access to “spreading room”, that is the area between the path and the water.

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