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Concern over Somerset coast plans

Land owners have expressed concerns over proposals for some of Somerset's coastline to be opened up to the public.

A controversial plan to create a footpath around the entire coast of England after it cleared parliament on Wednesday 11 November.

Many landowners are unhappy about the prospect of visitors tramping across their bit of the coastline.

Josie d'Arby from Inside Out West took a journey from Minehead to Severn Beach to investigate the scale of the challenge.

Run by Natural England, the project will take 10 years to complete.

Land owners have expressed concerns over the proposals as they fear the area will become blighted with rubbish and that their animals will not be able to graze.

Neil Constable, who works for Natural England and would be in charge of the coast path, said he did not think that would be the case as the South West Coastal Path (which runs through Devon and Cornwall) has proved to be popular and does not cause any problems.

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