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We received 117 responses to the consultation, in addition to 2328 emails made in response to a campaign emanating from the Ramblers in support of the Isle of Wight Ramblers report “The Case for a Wight Coastal Trail”.
The Government has decided that it will not make an order for the Isle of Wight as it is not a priority for the coastal access programme.
Part 9 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 makes provision for a long-distance coastal route for the whole of the English coast, along with a right of access to a margin of land associated with the route for the purpose of open-air recreation. These provisions do not automatically apply to an island such as the Isle of Wight which cannot be reached directly on foot from the mainland.
The Government may however make an order under section 300(2)(b) of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 so that the provisions under that Act apply in relation to the coast of the Isle of Wight. The consultation sought your views on whether or not the Government should make such an order.