Coastal campaign seeks votes

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COASTAL access campaigners are urgently seeking votes to help them secure funding through a national competition.

Paul Marshall has been organising clearance operations along walkways between Skegness and Ingoldmells to provide coastal access to the elderly and disabled for more than a year.

He has registered his Coastal Access For All group in Natwest’s Community Force competition, which will provide publicly supported worthy projects with additional funding.

Paul said: “The more people that vote the more likely we are to receive the money to help us with our clearance work.

“We need your votes to secure vital funding to enable us to hire a mini digger to clear large build ups of sand before our volunteers can some along to clear up the area.”

Paul’s campaign has increased steadily since its beginnings having now enlisted the help of Witham Lodge’s HOPE volunteers and additional assistance through the Community Payback scheme.

With their support, routes that had been inaccessible on wheelchairs and mobility scooters for years are now clear of sand and available for all to use.

Paul hopes to be able to continue that work further along the coastline and to provide more seating along the coast to make the walkways more pleasant.

The Community Force competition has been entered by more than 5,000 projects seeking additional funding.

Those that receive the most public votes in each area will be awarded financial prizes to help them continue with their work and expand upon what they are doing.

To vote for Coastal Access For All visit communityforce.natwest,com/ and search for the group in the East Midlands region.