(f) Coastal Access Improvement Programme (CAIP) Update-
Mrs. Cottnam updated members on the following specific projects:
Ø Research assessing economic impact of path underway. The research had been commissioned by CCW and was looking at locations around Wales, including a number in the Vale of Glamorgan. Mrs. Cottnam felt that this would add value to the work already underway utilising people counters.
· Gileston Beach
Ø Project to improve furniture on links connecting Summer House Point to Gileston
Ø Kissing gates required, to be installed by Heritage Coast Wardens.
· Cwm Colhuw
Ø Dedication of paths as Public Right of Way sought from landowner. Practical works required to improve path behind surf lifesavers club
Ø No response from landowner. Considering options to create by order.
Ø Practical works funding to be diverted into compensation payments for dedication agreements.
· Cwm Nash - Dunraven Improvements
Ø Various stile, gate and stonework improvements along the Heritage Coast
Ø Materials ordered for new gates near Dunraven Park
Ø Stone work completed near Nash Point.
Ø Wales Coast Path branding and waymarkers required across route
Ø Mapping exercise identifying signage locations complete
Ø Waymark and branding in stock
Ø Waymark posts to be ordered based on mapping exercise.
· Cwm Mawr
Ø Scheme to improve access down valley sides at Cwm Mawr including steps where necessary
Ø Conservation authorities acquired (SSSI etc.)
Ø Access negotiations complete
Ø Progressing with costs
Ø Work dependent upon dedication agreement being signed. Dedication agreed in principle, lawyers discussing particular clauses.
· Atlantic College
Ø Project to roll back path away from cliff edge
Ø Useful discussions with Atlantic College had continued, with approval now obtained from the Principal and the Trustees
Ø Work would include provision of a path, fencing (as one off compensation arrangement) and provision of signage.
· St. Mary’s Well Bay
Ø Provision of paths around caravan site
Ø Welsh Government legal officers awaiting advice from clients
Ø CCW contacted to request assistance be provided internally through the Welsh Government to move this issue on.
· Agreement had been reached with the Penarth Tourism Association for the route preferred by the Local Access Forum as the most appropriate / aesthetic within the Coast Path.
An official Wales Coast Path launch would take place on 5th May 2012. One event would be held in the Roald Dahl Plass (the former Oval Basin) in Cardiff, one in Aberystwyth and one at Flint Castle. Officers were endeavouring to maintain momentum and six potential locations in the Vale had been identified for events intended for 25th May. Mrs. Cottnam also referred to the fact that a group of several hundred walkers from Holland would be walking the Coastal Path on 25th August 2012. She also alluded to the fact that the Wales Coast Path website was intended to be fully in place by February 2012 and that she would update members at the next meeting. She was pleased to inform members that the Wales Coast and Coast Path had been nominated as the No. 1 place to visit in Wales in 2012 in the latest edition of the Lonely Planet Guide.
Mrs. Warlow indicated that, subject to funding being obtained, it was intended to again hold a Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival, to take place on 12th May 2012.