New forum to consider access to Island paths

A NEW forum is being set up for ramblers, cyclists and other countryside lovers.

A new forum is to consider ways to improve access to coastal and countryside paths Picture: JON GUEGAN (22770639)
A new forum is to consider ways to improve access to coastal and countryside paths Picture: JON GUEGAN (22770639)

The Jersey Access Forum will be tasked with improving existing coastal and countryside paths for the enjoyment of all Islanders.

The hope is to create a safe, sustainable Islandwide network, while minimising any impact on the environment and wildlife.

The States are seeking between seven and 15 people to serve on the forum, which will be run on a voluntary basis.

‘The Jersey Access Forum will be a voice for people who represent users of the countryside such as walkers, cyclists and horse riders. They will work with government and other land managers to help ensure that we protect the natural environment while adapting the network of paths to better suit the demands of the modern population,’ said Environment Minister John Young.

‘People enjoy the natural environment in many different ways, and we have to ensure that Islanders continue to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits our open coast and countryside provides, while controlling their impact [upon the environment].’

Applicants interested in joining the forum will be independently assessed to ensure a wide range of interests and opinions are represented.

People are being asked to register their interest by emailing or by calling 859300.

Dorothy Parker, chief executive of research agency 4insight, said applicants would be asked a few screening questions so that a diverse group could be identified.

Senator Steve Pallett, an assistant minister with responsibility for sport in the Economic Development Department, welcomed the move, saying it would encourage Islanders to be more active.

‘I am extremely supportive of any initiative that provides better opportunities for Islanders to stay fit and healthy. Providing better access to the countryside will help to further those aims,’ he said.

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