Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Do They Care for Village? Views of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Do They Care for Village? Views of the North

Article excerpt

WE in Amble are facing the real danger of having a place of beauty and freedom destroyed by the very business community keen to develop the town to its full potential and to attract more visitors.

The Braid in Amble is seen by residents and visitors alike as the one last haven of sanity and safety whereby children can play, walkers can walk, cyclists can cycle, dogs can be safely let off their leads and everyone generally enjoy the location and its wildlife without the fear of oncoming traffic.

It is part of the celebrated Northumberland coast. Yet, even though the Braid boasts its own well maintained car park, easily accessed from Rotary Way and within an enjoyably short walk past the marina to the town's shopping area and harbour, it appears that the Amble Business Club have deemed the Braid itself as necessary car parking not only for the general public but also for their employees.

The sad irony is that cars parking on the grassy Braid have to drive past the well signposted opening into the Braid's own car park but, like sheep, motorists are now simply following the temporary Northumberland County Council signs inviting them to park on the right side of the grass and warning them to beware of pedestrians on the footpath! …

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