Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tourism 'Risks Our Village Life'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tourism 'Risks Our Village Life'

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Byline: By Dave Black

SEASIDE villagers are facing a new fight in their campaign to lessen the impact of two large holiday parks on their tiny Northumberland community.

People in 88-home Cresswell, at Druridge Bay, are already battling plans by Northumbrian Leisure - owner of Golden Sands park - to add 350 caravans in a pounds 3.5m project.

At a public inquiry early next year, a planning inspector will hear local concerns that the community is swamped by more than 700 holiday caravans at the Golden Sands and Cresswell Towers parks.

Now villagers are in a new fight against a proposal to let more caravans at Golden Sands be occupied for an extra two months a year. Northumbrian Leisure wants to open another 25 caravans at the 245-van site for 11 months instead of nine, bringing the total to 50.

The move is strongly opposed by Cresswell Parish Council and some local people, who say it would erode the relative peace and tranquillity they enjoy in the winter when the two sites are closed. …

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