West routes plan for Na­tional Trail

Western Daily Press - - News -

HOPES for the Eng­land Coast Path to run along North Som­er­set’s coast moved a step closer yes­ter­day.

Five of the six sec­tions in the North Som­er­set area were yes­ter­day given the green light by the Gov­ern­ment.

Those sec­tions cover from the Avon­mouth Bridge through Por­tishead to Cleve­don and from Sand Bay through We­ston-su­perMare to Bleadon Sluice.

It means North Som­er­set Coun­cil can now be­gin on the grant ap­pli­ca­tions to pay for the work re­quired to make th­ese routes part of the Na­tional Trail, cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped around the en­tire English coast by Nat­u­ral Eng­land.

It is es­ti­mated that th­ese sec­tions of the path in North Som­er­set will be prop­erly es­tab­lished by late 2021.

“This is the first pos­i­tive step in a long process,” said Cllr Car­i­tas Charles, North Som­er­set

Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for leisure, cul­ture and tourism.

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