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New coast footpath from Skeg to Sutton Bridge

Comments have been invited on a plan to extend the national coast path through Boston borough from Skegness to Sutton Bridge.

Natural England is investigating a 92 kilometre (57 miles) stretch to improve access to the Lincolnshire coast - to be ready in 2019. The England Coast Path, at 2,800 miles, will be the longest managed and waymarked coastal path in the world.

Anyone can comment on the proposals and landowners and occupiers can make an objection. All representations must reach Natural England by midnight on Wednesday, March 21.

A Planning Inspectorate inspector will make recommendations to the Secretary of State who will make final decisions.

Once the Secretary of State has approved the report, Natural England will start work with Lincolnshire County Council on preparing the route for public use.

The first step will be to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is required, such as signs and gates.

When preparations are complete, new access rights will be brought into force along the route. This is expected to happen in spring/summer 2019.

The proposed route would stay close to the shore, divert into Boston to cross The Haven and into Fosdyke to cross the River Welland and into Sutton Bridge to cross the River Nene. From Sutton Bridge to the Haven the route will use existing rights of way along the seabank. From The Haven to the Horseshoe, Wrangle, a significant part of the route will be on the outer seabank where there are currently no access rights.

The report and maps can be seen at Boston Library on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 5pm, Thursdays from 9am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm  and online here http://bit.ly/2nq2idG where you can make comments.

Forms for making representations can also be obtained from Natural England at: Coastal Access Delivery Team - East, Natural England, Dragonfly House, 2 Gilders Way, Norwich, NR3 1UB Phone: 0300 060 3900. Objections and/or representations should be sent to Natural England at the above postal address, or to eastcoastalaccess@naturalengland.org.uk