Coastal path could boost county tourism

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Plans to speed up the completion of the English Coastal Path have been welcomed as a potential boost for tourism in Lincolnshire.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that extra funding would be given for project this week. It means the path, which would run along the entire English coast, will be completed by 2020, 10 years sooner than originally planned.

Currently, the council’s countryside access team is planning for the project so the route will be the best possible for residents, land-owners and visitors.

Next, Natural England’s coastal access team will start reviewing the route through Lincolnshire, working closely with the county council to ensure the route is the most appropriate for residents, landowners and visitors.

And improved access could mean more tourism for Lincolnshire’s coast, a development welcomed by the county council.

Executive member for economic development Colin Davie said: “The coastal path will make it easier for visitors to enjoy recreation like walking, picnicking and bird-watching on our seafronts. This announcement that the project will be finished sooner is fantastic news for our coastal towns, their local businesses and communities.”