Would you join councillor to protect Cleethorpes beach?
North East Lincolnshire councillor John Fenty has said he is prepared to go to jail to protect Cleethorpes beach from the “rampant” spread of the saltmarsh, as featured in the Grimsby Telegraph. If the saltmarsh continues to encroach upon the resort’s golden sands, he would dig it up himself and “take the consequences”. Here, readers give both sides of the argument, those in favour of Mr Fenty’s stance and those against.
JOHN Fenty, well done!
I feel very strongly about the saltmarsh, about my disgust at what had been allowed to happen at Grange-over-Sands, a place I had fond memories of before the council there stood back and did nothing.
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If we lose that stretch of beach it will be catastrophic for Cleethorpes and tourism.
Roger Breed, Janton Court, New Waltham.
I WILL be quite happy to stand alongside Councillor Fenty and dig up the saltmarsh to protect the beach, and hap- pily face the consequences.
NELC ought to have the guts to tell Natural England that they will control the spread of saltmarsh.
It is our beach and attracts hundreds and hundreds of people each year bringing much needed money into the local economy protecting jobs and helping to develop the area.
These people are not going to come to Cleethorpes to have a look at the saltmarsh.
John, let me know when we start digging!
Paul Fieldgate, Healing.
ALTHOUGH I admire Mr Fenty’s passion regarding the aesthetic value of the “golden beaches” of Cleethorpes seafront, don’t you think his time and efforts would be better spent on the other side of the sea wall?
There isn’t much point in having a pleasing picture if the frame it’s in looks like it was constructed from a few odds and ends they had lying around the back yard.
It must be possible to persuade the council to do a u-turn regarding the gardens along the seafront, then concentrate on the saltmarsh.
Win-win... Locals are happy, visitors are happy, Cleethorpes In Bloom are happy, birds on the beach are happy...The list goes on. Nobody loses out and no ill feeling.
Dave, via thisisgrimsby
MOST people are probably in agreement with Mr Fenty about the saltmarsh, however, it is quite irresponsible talking about flouting the law. Especially by a councillor, who you would think should surely know better.
Dormantfan, via thisisgrimsby