MP's column

Many will be aware of the initiative to establish the England Coast Path. Natural England are progressing this work and those who are interested in how the 2,800 miles of path is evolving can search England coast path (or for the exact online location https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/england-coast-path-improving-public-access-to-the-coast#guidance-for-landowners-and-the-public).

For local information go to England Coast Path in the South West of England Newquay to Penzance and Penzance to St Mawes. You will find lots of information including how the path navigates our particular stretch of coast. During my recent drop-in surgeries a number of landowners and local residents discussed the footpath with me and I’m meeting with Natural England to work to iron out some of the concerns raised so that the coast path can be a great success.

Generally speaking the proposals are well received but, as is often the case, local knowledge and a light touch of common sense can resolve contentious aspects. Our coastal path network is such a tremendous asset here in Cornwall and this initiative to further establish the route should be completed in 2020. You can contact Natural England regarding the coast path at southwestcoastalaccess@naturalengland.org.uk, 0208 026 7602. Or write to Natural England (South West) Truro, TR4 9AD.

This Sunday marks 100 years since the end of WW1 and for people in Penzance we see the welcome return of the civic parade starting at St John’s Hall at 10.10am. Personally, I’ll be joining the parade and service in Helston where RNAS Culdrose, other military, civilian and youth groups of the community will also come together in a show of respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in recent and historic conflicts.

This is also different from events of recent years with the parade starting in the morning (at 10.30am) at the former Budgens building, taking us to the Remembrance Garden by Grylls Monument for the Service of Remembrance. Acts of Remembrance will take place across West Cornwall and on Scilly including a series of events in the evening with beacons being lit as part of ‘Battle’s Over: a Nation’s tribute’ to commemorate the end of the war and the millions of lives lost. Remembrance Sunday is always a sobering occasion as we remember the sacrifice of so many. More information regarding the events of the day are widely available on the internet.

Brexit matters and I’m holding a conversation on Friday next week at the Godolphin Club in Helston at 7pm and anyone living in the constituency is welcome. For obvious reasons there are many who are making it the political ‘hot potato’ of the moment but for me it is much more. Getting a good Brexit is about securing the freedoms and opportunities to plough our own furrow whilst enjoying a relationship of co-operation and trade with mainland Europe.

This is not unreasonable, unrealistic or contrary to the will of the people. It is, in fact, what people believed we were entering into when Britain first joined the European Economic Community. And for me, working to secure the best possible deal is a better outcome than a second referendum which would be no less divisive than the first. Do those who push for a second referendum really want that?