Update on Solent Way Upgrade Project October 2017

The statement below is from the Solent Way Upgrade Project team.

This project is completely independent of the Friends of Nore Barn Woods, but because the project is located at Nore Barn and affects the access to the woods it is reproduced here to inform the public.

The contact for the Solent Way Upgrade Project team is Maggie Gebbett 01243 699517 maggie_gebbett@yahoo.co.uk

“Update on Solent Way Upgrade Project October 2017

When Natural England announced in 2015 that they were working towards launching the England Coastal Path in 2020 a group of local Emsworth people got together to look at how the section on the map below might fit into this plan.  Knowing that this stretch of the path floods at some high tides it seemed an opportunity to try and improve things so that walkers could avoid a lengthy diversion.

The Solent Way Upgrade Project (SWUP) was born and the community group expected to develop plans, apply for planning permission and to raise funds. Plans were drawn up, photographs assembled and the assembly of a planning application was well underway. 

 

In April 2017 Natural England indicated that they would support the project and largely finance it.  In July Chichester Harbour Conservancy offered to lead on the project. Since then it has been agreed that Natural England will take the lead.

Natural England is in talks with Havant Borough Council regarding a contribution towards project costs. Hampshire County Council are also being kept in the loop as they will be responsible for the maintenance of the Hampshire stretch of the England Coastal Path and they will ensure that the chosen surfacing is robust and maintenance-friendly.

This is an opportunity to improve access along this stretch of coast for all users while carefully safeguarding the environmentally-sensitive areas nearby.”