Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg was in Port Gaverne on the North Cornwall coast this week to announce funding for coastal paths.
Mr Clegg joined local Lib Dem MP Dan Rogerson and members of the Cornwall Ramblers Association on 4th December to walk a stretch of the South West Coast Path from Port Gaverne towards Tintagel.
This stretch of the path is set to benefit from a £1,114,000 investment to repair the South West Coast Path and to market it as a tourist attraction. Repair works will be carried out at Barrett’s Zawn beach, near Port Gaverne and Port Isaac, as well as at Trevone, Daymer Bay and other locations around Cornwall following damage inflicted during last winter’s storms. Work at Barrett’s Zawn is due to be completed by June 2015.
It has been estimated that the South West Coast Path brings in over £300 million per year into the regional economy.
Speaking after the walk, Dan said, “The South West Coast Path is a fantastic asset for our area, bringing in thousands of visitors each year which helps to support jobs and the local economy here in North Cornwall.
“It was great to join Cornwall Ramblers and Nick Clegg for a walk along the coast path from Port Gaverne, and to discuss the importance of the South West Coast Path, not only in terms of the local economy but also the health and wellbeing benefits.
“The announcement of extra funding will make sure that our coastal paths are maintained and enhanced, so that local people and tourists alike can continue to enjoy the Cornish coastline at its best.”
Whilst on his visit the Deputy Prime Minister announced funding worth £44,000 this year and £5.26 million in 2015 and 2016 to make sure that the coast path is maintained and repaired, and so that new sections can be opened. Further funding will be allocated in the future, until there is a coastal path around the entire coastline of Cornwall and England.
Under the current trajectory, 40% of coastal paths around England will be ready by 2020. But the Deputy Prime Minister wants this sped up so that all paths around England are open for walkers by 2020.