Hands off the foreshore: no to the lagoon
November 8, 2013 5 Comments
Mr Miller wants to build again on the foreshore, our foreshore. The application reference is 13/01411/BC4M
As a general point, I am concerned about any development on the foreshore. This is a precious resource and every development nibbles away at this. That it is still largely unspoilt is a big selling point for the town, and is an immeasurable source of pleasure to thousands of residents and visitors. I believe that we owe to these people, and to the generations to come, to look after it.
A lagoon with toilet block is an unwanted intrusion on our foreshore.
This lagoon will have a detrimental impact on nearby yachting facilities. I am no yachtsman, but this is obviously a very popular pastime in the town – witness the number of boats anchored just off the foreshore. The plan shows how close the lagoon will be to a slipway, and one wonders what the lagoon will do to tidal flow in its vicinity. I have received representations from one very worried yachtsman.
There is also bound to be an environmental impact. The whole area is a site of special scientific interest.
Mr Miller has done much good for our town, but I worry that as his business empire grows our unspoilt foreshore diminishes. By leaving the foreshore untouched we keep it as a resource for everyone. By allowing businesses to monopolise chunks of it we are squeezing others out.