Coast Path Update -
T. Cottnam updated members on possible future
plans in relation to the Coastal Access Improvement Programme,
funding for which was due to end in March 2013. Her
understanding was that the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and
Welsh Government (WG) were mindful of extending the funding to
enable completion, for example, of legal work and to cover
maintenance issues. A number of models had been put forward
by CCW to WG for discussion / decision. T. Cottnam’s
understanding was that, should funding continue, a similar model to
that currently in place would exist, but at a very much reduced
budget / grant level. As such, it was not clear whether her
own role would be considered as a full-time funded post or whether
such work would require to be absorbed within the Rights of Way
In terms of updates on specific work:
bridge work had been completed at Lavernock. Whilst,
following inspection of the field margin, remedial work was not
considered necessary, the position would be monitored following
advertisements for creation agreements on the Heritage Coast and at
Lavernock had been published. This constituted the final
stage in completion of the agreements.
urban signage installed before the official opening of the Coast
Path had been reviewed and a number of additional posts installed
and amendments undertaken.
ceramic paviers had been installed in a number of pedestrian
a number of revisions to incorrectly signed waymarker posts were
being undertaken periodically.
at Cwm Colhuw, a scheme for improvement of the path to the rear of
the surf lifeguard station had been specified and costings
consultation was being developed in relation to Little Island
(Friars Point). A field existed adjacent to the current
unsurfaced path, which was classed as a Site of Importance for
Nature Conservation. It was hoped to create a new surfaced
path inside the field margin, linking the headland to the harbour
and car park. Given the nature of the site, the proposal was
currently out to consultation.
various enhancements had been made to the website in terms of the
Coastal Access Improvement Programme.
a national meeting of Coastal Access Officers in Wales held
recently had included the group walking a section of the Coast Path
(Cwm Mawr) in the Vale and with those involved being impressed with
During consideration of this agenda item,
clarification was sought from a member regarding resiting the very
steep path at Cwm Bach. G. Teague confirmed that this issue was
being separately pursued with the landowner and the farmer.
Reference was also made to the potential
(2kms) zone designed to provide loops / links to the Coast Path
itself. T. Cottnam indicated that should the CAIP funding
itself continue, the programme would allow for work to be
undertaken in this area. Members were also informed that,
once a decision had been taken regarding the continuation of
funding and the model of such was known, the LAF would be informed
and consulted on the issue.