Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Partnership will manage the Medway to
Shoreham section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail
around the coast of England. As well as East Sussex, the
Partnership will also involve Brighton & Hove City Council,
South Downs National Park Authority, Kent County Council and Medway
58.1 The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.
58.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to:
(1) Approve the establishment of a National Trail Partnership to manage the South-East England Coast Path; and
(2) Delegate authority to the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport to approve any related Inter Authority Agreement in conjunction with the Assistant Chief Executive and the appointment of an appropriate officer to the Partnership.
58.3 Natural England is working with local Access Authorities, which includes ESCC, to deliver the England Coast Path. Their preferred model is a strategic trail partnership, which enables them to provide an additional 40% funding for trail management.
58.4 The proposed partnership members all share the view that the five authorities need to work together to manage the 250-mile London to Brighton stretch, running from Medway to Shoreham. This will achieve economies of scale and should allow a pooling of the NE funding, which is relatively small-scale on an individual authority basis.
58.5 The Trail Partnership will consist of a relevant officer from each respective Access Authority.
Report author: Rupert Clubb
Publication date: 18/03/2022
Date of decision: 14/03/2022
Decided at meeting: 14/03/2022 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment