Thursday, 4 September 2014

Boosting paths and parks so we can all enjoy natural Britain

Nick Clegg has announced that the Government is going to more than double the speed of building the Coastal Path, bringing completion of the project forward by ten years from 2030 to 2020.

Additional funding will be put in place to accelerate the delivery of the path, which will allow walkers and nature lovers to traverse the entire coastline of England.

Speaking at the RSPB's State of Nature conference, Nick Clegg said:
"At the current rate of progress, we will have built the UK’s first space port before our coastal path is completed. You’ll be able to fly in space before you can walk around our coast. 
"I’ve been pushing for this process to be speeded up. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m pleased to announce today that the Government will be ensuring that the path is completed by 2020 by allocating extra funding."
Nick Clegg also announced that people will be able to use an app to find the location of their nearest park instantly and without cost, which will be provided by the Ordnance Survey.

Nick added:
“Britain’s parks and countryside are the envy of the world, and I want to make sure everybody can use them. 
"Sometimes we can live ten minutes’ walk from a park and not even realise it. Yet public bodies hold all of the data on where these green spaces are. 
"By opening up this data we can enable thousands of people to enjoy every inch of our green spaces at the swipe of a touchscreen. With Britain’s innovative app developers given access to the data, we can help make sure you can always find your way back to nature."