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Don't let this happen, please !!
Newquay in General
Member Name: ANDREWSJK
Newquay in General
Date: 17/08/01, updated on 17/08/01 (258 review reads)
Disadvantages: A great deal.
Something has just come to my notice that I feel strongly about, and as there didn't seem to be a category under Speakers Corner, I have placed it here.
The fact in question is that one of our world renowned surfing venues is being sold off to developers. This is because local councils are strapped for cash. The first to be sold in this way is Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall. Property developer Britannic Industries plans to transform the beach into a venue "fit for glamorous holidaymakers".
Detailed plans will be announced imminently, but it is expected that patchy areas of the beach will be covered with extra sand to create a better beach. No readers, this in not a joke as you may normally expect from one of my ops, and it is not April 1, this is all for real !!
Do these people not realise that the main thing holidaymakers go to Cornwall for is it's uniqueness, and it's "time gone by " atmosphere, they do not want a replica of a Spanish beach with a bulldozer levelling the new sand off every morning. We do not want Cornwall spoilt by the jet set flattening the Cornish cliffs to give them spaces to land their private helicopters and jets, we the British are very happy with Cornwall as it is.
To continue, a restaurant will be built and uniformed staff will have the power to remove troublemakers. Henry Ashworth who bought the bay, said a £300,000 development would appeal to holidaymakers who "want to have fun and eat well at a half-decent restaurant". He also said "Class is an ugly way of putting it ".
Who on earth are these people, are they real, and do they even know where Cornwall is ?? The main attractions of Cornwall are it's unspoilt nature, and it's very economical prices, these people seem to want to save us the trouble of getting on a plane to other more distant places. Why would anyone dream up such a half brained idea, do they have no idea of histor
y, or the effort English Heritage and The National Trust have put into preserving the very thing these half brained madcaps want to take away,. Our whole being is being threatened by people who want to make money, and change the shape and nature of our coastline.
Politicians in Cornwall have defended the £3 million plan to hand over the beach, Restormel council leader John Weller said "There hasn't been investment on the beaches around Newquay since the 1960's and, although we are putting in a contribution, we cannot finance it all out of public funds ".
What a load of old rot this all is, Restormel is a magic name which one dreams about, and is entranced by when in Cornwall, and along comes some twerp from the council saying "Sell the beach !". Why should this be, has the whole world gone money mad, why not privatise The English Channel then, if that's the case.
Britannic director Linda Briant said the company expected to receive a 125 year lease for the beach, which provided the backdrop for surfing film Blue Juice, starring Catherine Zeta Jones. She added that access would remain free, with profits coming from catering and activities such as windsurfing. Well that's great isn't it, aren't they a big company, we can still go onto OUR beach free, but will probably get run over by a windsurfer doing 75 mph.
Derek Bead of the Smile Surf Shop in Newquay said Britannic's plans could be good for business but he was worried they could spoil the beach !! Well at least there's still somebody sensible left down there, I was beginning to wonder. "In places like Surfer's Paradise in Australia beachfront buildings have ended up ruining the surf " he added. I'm gaining respect for this man by the second.
But Hugo Hercod of the Extreme Academy, a surfing company in the bay said "In summer, we have the two months where it's the tattoo brigade from up North.
But we are trying to be a year round business and one of our yardsticks is the better the beach, the better looking the females are ". Well, hope he keeps his Mac buttoned up all year round !!
What are we to do, I think we should all consider this before we start seeing all our beaches sold off.
Then, contact your MP, Write to all the relevant authorities you can. Or, do what these people want and move to another unspoilt place, New Zealand ??