Walton: Wildlife trust eases Naze takeover fears

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Wildlife trust eases Naze takeover fears Wildlife trust eases Naze takeover fears

ESSEX Wildlife Trust has moved to ease the fears of local people over a possible Naze takeover.

The trust could take over anagement of the famous Walton Naze clifftop area from Tendring Council on a 99-year lease.

But some residents fear it will lead to unwelcome restrictions being placed on the Naze.

Chief executive John Hall said: “The partnership between Essex Wildlife Trust and the Council means that both organisations have better access to various grants and the trust will bring increased staff expertise.

“This will be in the form of a ranger who will work closely with local volunteers and members of the local community.

“It is all about working together for the future of the Naze, for its wildlife and heritage, for its importance to the local community of Walton and for the people who appreciate the Naze.

“We know there has been some concern from local dog walkers and we want to reassure them that it is not our intention to stop or restrict people visiting the Naze with dogs – either on or off the lead.”

Mr Hall added that the important thing is to look after the site for everyone’s benefit and enjoyment and the education and visitor centre is very much a part of that.

“People will be able to appreciate the Naze in all the ways they currently do but with improved facilities,” he said.

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