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Plans announced for new Kent coastal path to Whitstable

The new path would lead to Whitstable beach

The new path would lead to Whitstable beach

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Natural England has unveiled proposals to improve public access along the stretch of coast between Ramsgate and Whitstable.

The route, which will also take in Margate, Broadstairs, and the Reculver Castle, will become part of the England Coast Path, if approved

The route also ascends the cliff via The 39 Steps, made famous in John Buchan’s novel of the same name and ends in the picturesque town of Whitstable.

Members of the public can make representations to Natural England over the next eight weeks.

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As well as recommending new sections to the route, the report outlines improvements to existing access to the coast between Ramsgate and Whitstable.

James Seymour, from Natural England, said; “We have had discussions with landowners and key organisation along the proposed route; their input has been essential and helped shape the draft proposals – we thank everyone for their time and input so far.

“Over the next eight weeks, we are inviting all organisations, farmers, local residents, visitors and businesses to have their say. It’s important that all responses are taken into account and we look forward to hearing people’s views.”

Copies of the report and details of how to respond can be viewed in libraries in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate, Herne Bay and Whitstable as well as Kent County Council and Thanet District Council Offices. Natural England will also display a copy at its offices in Ashford.

All representations and objections must be received by Natural England no later than 5pm on Wednesday May 20.

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