What is a Countryside and Coastal Access Improvement Plan?
The Countryside and Coastal Access Improvement Plan Review -
Kent County Council's Countryside and Coastal Access Improvement
Plan is a working document that includes:
- an overview of the current state of access to the countryside
- key objectives to improve the public rights of way (PRoW)
network over the next 5 years.
The current Plan was adopted by County Council in 2007 and as
prescribed, the document was reviewed during 2012. A consultation
on the reviewed Plan was open from 1 May 2013 until 26 June
The review builds on work that has already been achieved
and has involved extensive public consultation on how the rights of
way network and wider countryside access can improve quality of
life in Kent. A key element of the next five years will be
to deliver the England Coast Path as Kent will be one of the
first areas in the Country to establish this new National Trail and
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An explanation of the changes incorporated following responses
to this consultation will be made available via Kent County
Council's website from 31 July 2013.
The purpose of the Countryside and Coastal Access Improvement
Plan is to increase the usage and enjoyment of public rights of way
and open green space in Kent. The network of paths should be a
gateway for visitors and residents to explore Kent's heritage,
wildlife and iconic landscapes.
The plan will deliver improvements which contribute to reducing
congestion, and which support rural business and economy, health
and, most importantly, the quality of life in Kent.
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- 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
- assesses the accessibility of local rights of way to blind or
partially sighted persons and others with mobility
- provides a strategy for future proactive management of
countryside access in Kent to put in place a more meaningful and
- 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.