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Cash for Cornwall's Coast Paths

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3:19pm 4th December 2014
(Updated 3:19pm 4th December 2014)

Cornwall's storm damaged coast paths will be fixed quicker.

The Deputy Prime Minister has revealed a five million pound project to repair storm damage around the Duchy.

The money will also be used to complete paths around the whole of England.

It is after last winter's massive waves washed away big chunks of cliff and left others unstable.

Nick Clegg made the announcement in Port Gavern. He told Pirate FM: "Lots and lots of people come to visit Cornwall because of the coastal path, because of the fantastic walking and I was just keen that we finally get moving and complete the coastal path across the whole of the country because I think it will stand to benefit millions of people for many, many years in the future."

He added that it does not just have an economic impact: "That's the great thing about walking. It's cheap, it's accessible, anyone can do it, it's really, really healthy and it benefits society. You really couldn't wish for a better view right now on the coastal path here, both up and down the coast."

The cash will go towards completing England's vital coastal walkways by 2020, ten years earlier than planned.

The Deputy Prime Minister made the commitment in a speech in September, and confirmed the details of funds being made available on Thursday.

Under the current trajectory, 40 per cent 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.

Additional funding of £44,000 this year and £5.26m in 2015-16 will provide a boost to the scheme that will ensure local people and tourists alike can enjoy the British coastline at its best as soon as possible. Further funding will then be allocated in the following years until completion.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg added: "Britain has a beautiful coastline that deserves to be explored and enjoyed by everyone, whether you're a resident or a tourist.

"But opening these coastal paths was taking far too long. Under the current timescale we would have built UK's first space port before you could walk the length and breadth of our coast.

"This extra funding will mean these stunning paths will be open in just over five years, to be enjoyed by this generation and all those to follow."

Under these plans, creating and maintaining coastal paths will provide a walking route and also a wider margin of land around the coast of England for walkers to use safely. The path will be able to move inland if the coastline erodes or suffers from landslips.

3:19pm 4th December 2014

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