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Issue No 525 £2.00

6 April - 19 April 2010

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Circulation 23,035 (July 07 – June 08)

Natural England announces coastal path schedule

By Pete Hayman

Natural England (NE) has revealed how it plans to implement the development of a new coastal path along the length of England's coastline. Work is set to get underway

on creating the coastal route after the Coastal Access Scheme, which sets out the targets and the ground rules for the plan, was given government backing. The scheme reveals the steps

to be taken to ensure the trail remains continuous at estuaries; how the 4m (13.1ft)-wide path will cater for other land uses; and how areas – such as dunes and beaches – will be used by the public as "spreading room".

NE chair Poul Christensen

said: "The publication of this scheme is an important step in making clear, secure and consistent coastal access a reality for England. "The scheme explains the

Work will start on the creation of a path around England's coast

Formal government approval

means the first stage of the coastal path – along a stretch of coast at Weymouth, Dorset – can now be implemented ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Implementation of the first

phase during 2011 will also include five other regions across the UK – Cumbria; East Riding of Yorkshire; Kent; Norfolk and Somerset.

New Discover Greenwich attraction opens its doors

New multi-million pound cultural centre exhibits previously unseen historic objects

By Martin Nash

Discover Greenwich, a new £6m cultural centre at the Old Royal Naval College on London's Thames riverside, has opened to the public. The attraction – which

opened on 23 March and is aiming to attract a million visitors each year – uses interpretation techniques and previously unseen historic objects, rare artefacts, film footage and models across permanent and temporary exhibitions to tell the story of

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house – located adjacent to Discover Greenwich – has also been brought back into use after 140 years by Meantime Brewing Company. Discover Greenwich will be

run by the Greenwich Founda- tion, which also manages the Old Royal Naval College. The visitor attraction, which

A part of the new exhibition at Discover Greenwich

Maritime Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College. The Royal Hospital's Old Brew-

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was designed by John Miller + Partners with Sidell Gibson Architects and Real Studios and constructed by Vinci Construc- tion, received total grants of just over £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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procedures and criteria we will use to align the route and associated 'spreading room', and the ways in which access will be managed to minimise conflicts with other land uses." The government's decision to

approve the Coastal Access Scheme follows an extensive public consultation exercise carried out by NE between November 2009 and February 2010 and two initial versions of the Scheme published in 2008.

Walsall mulling over leisure

The first in a series of meetings has been held by Walsall Council to discuss the future of leisure facilities operated by the authority. The Community

Services and Performance Panel met with members of the public to debate six possible outcomes for the council's six centres. One of the options

mooted was for the council to transfer all leisure operations to private providers.

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