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Borough coastline to be part of new national trail

Boston borough's coastline is being mapped out as part of a new national footpath.

The walking route will give people right of access around all of England's open coast for the first time.

Natural England is working closely with Lincolnshire County Council on the proposals, and will be beginning to hold detailed meetings with relevant parties regarding the alignment of the stretches between Sutton Bridge and Skegness Pier and Skegness Pier and Mablethorpe, to make sure the route is the most appropriate one for residents, landowners and visitors.

Once these sections of the path are completed, which is expected to happen in 2018, the county council will be responsible for this element of the route, which will be granted National Trail status.

The remaining section within Lincolnshire, from Mablethorpe to the Humber Bridge, will be worked on subsequently, with a provisional opening date of 2019.

Cllr Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for leisure and open spaces, said: "This will give increased access to the wide open spaces we have along the borough coastline. Places such as RSPB Frampton Marsh and RSPB Freiston Shore already attract locals and visitors. Some areas of the sea bank and wider marsh also offer opportunities to enjoy the countryside and fresh air. This new project will join these up and give more people easier access to the coastline - whether they want to walk long distances or just visit the area closest to them.

"The Wash coastline is already an internationally-important area for bird populations and the South Lincolnshire coastline in particular is famed for its natural unspoilt beauty and its huge skies and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. This new project will bring new visitors to the area."

For more information on the England Coast Path, visit http://bit.ly/1Kx4gvw