Green rejected

VILLAGE green bids in a Northumberland coastal village have been rejected by councillors.

The bids by the Save Beadnell Association to have sites at the Haven and White Rock designated as village greens were the subject of a six-day public inquiry last November.

The inspector’s report, published in February, recommended that the two bids be rejected. At last Friday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s rights of way committee, members decided to accept the recommendations of the report.

John Wall, secretary of the Beadnell Harbour Fishermen’s Society, which has applied to build homes on the sites, said: “Common sense has at last prevailed. The report was categorical in that the applicants in both cases had failed to provide evidence which supported their case and that the applications should be rejected on that basis.

“The Beadnell Harbour Fishermen’s Society has resubmitted its planning applications and we hope this process can now be allowed to proceed in the proper way and that value can be derived from the land in our ownership to repair and maintain Beadnell Harbour as a working port for at least our lifetimes.”