DUALLING of the A1 in north Northumberland is vital and nothing should be done to jeopardise it.
The work may not be imminent, but it is important.
Not only is the A1 the main east coast route which links London and Scotland, but it is also a local road used day-in, day-out, by residents of the county.
Why then should a developer be able to potentially scupper the plans, which have been a long time in the making.
The scheme at Burgham sits right on top of land which has been earmarked as a route for the future dualling of the A1 between Felton and Morpeth.
And while there is nothing wrong with developing land and encouraging more tourists to visit our beautiful county, it should not be to the detriment of a long-established plan which will also improve the county’s infrastructure.
The proposed park would also be another holiday complex in an area which is already saturated with similar accommodation.
Before we start bringing more and more people into our county, we need to have the road infrastructure to be able to cope with the influx.
Not only will a fully-dualled A1 entice more people to the area, it may also prevent accidents on the already-dualled sections caused by speedinmotorists, frustrated after being held up on the single carriageway.
This planning application is a timely reminder that we need to step up our game and continue to press the Government to find the money and give us a road which is fit for purpose.