Countryside and Coastal Access Improvement Plan

The Countryside and Coastal Access Improvement Plan aims to increase the use and enjoyment of Kent's public rights of way and open green space.

The plan will deliver improvements which contribute to health, rural business and the local economy, congestion reducation and, most importantly, the quality of life in Kent.

It includes:

  • an overview of the current state of access to the countryside in Kent
  • key objectives to improve the public rights of way network over the next 5 years.

The plan:

  • evaluates the extent to which local rights of way meet the present and likely future needs of the public 
  • assesses the opportunities provided by local rights of way for exercise and other forms of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of Kent
  • assesses the accessibility of local rights of way to blind or partially sighted persons and others with mobility problems 
  • provides a strategy for future proactive management of countryside access in Kent to put in place a more meaningful and sustainable network
  • supports bids for external funding by demonstrating links to a wide range of local and national strategies, in order to maximise opportunities for funding 
  • provides a catalyst for actions that both improve the countryside access estate and raise its profile.

The plan was reviewed during a consultation in 2013.