I\’ve said it before and no doubt I\’ll have to say it again.
This is theft, pure and simple.
In the Queen\’s Speech last week, a Bill was proposed to change this. It would give the Government the power to establish a "corridor" at least 10 metres (33 feet) wide around the entire English coastline to which everyone would have access, whether or not the owner wished it. Land would also be made available for open-air recreation – or "spreading room", as the Bill terms it – for public use. The Government is adamant that no compensation will be paid to landowners whose property is contained within the corridor.
The taking of someone\’s property, against their will and without compensation is theft. Just because the Ramblers Association is using the law to do it doesn\’t change that fact.
If the National Trust or anyone else wants to create a coastal path then they can bid for the properties as they come on the market and pay their money and take their choice.
That there should be a coastal path I agree is a nice idea. But the costs to us in the future of abolishing the right to property will be much higher than any pleasure that will be gained.