Thursday, 30 October 2014


 PLANS  to revamp a seaside holiday  park adjacent to Spurn have sparked controversy.

Mr M. Bucholtz wants not just to redevelop his Sandy Beaches Caravan Park at Kilnsea but also to relocate part of it in such a way that it would border Church Field - recently enhanced by the local bird observatory group to the tune of £50,000.

He claims his initiative is prompted by an imperative to safeguard the park and its visitors from the threat of coastal flooding.

However, in advance of his proposal being determined by East Riding Council planners, birdwatchers from all parts of the country have lodged objections.

Among them is former RSPB conservation director Dr Mark Avery who writes : “I visit Spurn regularly to see birds.

“When there, I spend my money locally on fuel, food, papers etc. I am less likely to visit if this application is approved.

“It's a long way from Northamptonshire - I don't come to see a caravan park.”

Meanwhile, Dr Stuart Cox, of Merseyside, says: “The visual impact will be horrendous in this unspoiled picturesque landscape which is part of the Heritage Coast.

“Considerable habitat loss will occur. · it will without doubt have an adverse effect on a nearby  little tern colony.

Little tern - threat to local colony? (Photo: JJ Harrison, Wikipedia Commons)

“In addition, increased light and noise pollution will have a  profound effect on migrating birds.”

Although most of the comments lodged with East Riding Council have been opposed to the application, about half of those who attended a public meeting in Easington village hall on October 18 were supportive

Among those in favour is Peter Martin, a Kilnsea resident for the past 13 years, who says: “During the tidal surge in December last year, I witnessed the distress of some of those who had to be evacuated from their caravans by  the Fire and Rescue Service - I hope this never happens again. “

He continues: “In addition, I am aware that, if Kilnsea is to survive in the long term, it will need to be a thriving community - one where businesses can flourish safely and generate employment and where visitors can enjoy good facilities.

“The plans for the proposed site allow  for the retention of the current hedges and include tree planting and  the provision of new lakes which will enhance the site and should help deal with future flooding.

“It is clearly sensible to site the proposed club house as far away as possible from the rapidly eroding coastline.”

The application is likely to determined at an East Riding Council planning committee meeting early in the New Year.

The comments so far submitted on the contentious application are listed at :

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