Britain’s best resort is branded a ‘no go zone’ amid traffic jams, litter and drunks

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More than 150,000 tourists flock to the small Northumberland village of Bamburgh each year to visit its historic castle and award-winning sandy beaches.

Bamburgh Castle and Village in Northumberland

The UK’s top resort has been branded a ‘no go zone’ plagued by traffic jams, rubbish and drunken holidaymakers.

Bamburgh, which has a population of just 414, attracts over 150,000 visitors each year and is famous for its castle and spectacular golden beaches.

The tiny Northumberland village topped by a who? survey that ranked each destination’s beaches, value for money, food and drink, and tourist attractions.

Despite being crowned the UK’s number one seaside hotspot for the second year in a row, residents have made the extraordinary claim that it is a victim of its own success.

A severe lack of parking spaces and strict planning laws have led some locals to say the village has been ruined by tourists and day trippers.

Locals have also complained of groups of rowdy revelers hosting late-night boozy parties in the sand dunes.







The area has won numerous awards for its golden sandy beaches
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Resident John Graham, 60, said: “When the sun is out the place can be overrun.

“During the day you have the ice cream brigade leaving their trash everywhere and at night the drunken thugs are having fun.

“On an average morning in the summer, I pick up five or six burnt disposable barbecues and half a dozen trash bags full of bottles and cans.”







Bamburgh tops list of best beach towns in UK
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Another resident and business owner, who did not want to be named, said the village was “just too popular now”.

They added: ‘When it was named the best resort in the UK you could almost hear a collective groan from residents and businesses.

“Of course we need tourists and we want them here, but the village is so crowded on sunny days that no one seems to be having fun.

“It’s not uncommon to spend an hour in your car as traffic passes through the village.







Bamburgh Castle is a Grade I listed building built in the 11th century
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“What I fear is a few more ridiculous busy summers and people will completely miss Bamburgh in a few years.”

Another business owner said he was really sad to see a big increase in waste being dumped in the sand dunes below the castle.

They added: “A friend of mine summed it up very well the other day saying it’s like overfishing.

“Pub and hotel owners may be profiting from the money, but the more people who come here, the more damage there is to the environment.”







The small village is home to only 414 inhabitants and welcomes 150,000 tourists each year
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Bamburgh drew huge crowds last year as millions of Britons were forced to holiday in the UK due to strict Covid rules limiting overseas travel.

To meet the demands of more visitors, temporary emergency town planning laws have been introduced to free up land for additional parking.

But now the rules are tightened, meaning the village is expecting the same number of visitors this year but with fewer parking spaces.

Bamburgh Parish Council chair Barbara Brook said: ‘We had a dispensation last year to open the Glebe Field next to the church for 56 days and now it is going to be impossible as the directive is 28 days.







Residents have noticed an increase in litter and fly tipping
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“We have asked for more yellow lines – and I can understand that more yellow lines are not wanted in Northumberland – but we are now faced with a dilemma because over the Easter period we had huge parking problems in the village.”

The village has also seen an increase in litter and fly spills, with locals blaming a pilot project allowing motorhomes to park overnight.

Cllr Brook added that there had been “a huge amount of extra waste” since the scheme was introduced.

Despite calls to prevent traffic jams building up in the village, Northumberland County Council has refused to increase the number of parking spaces.







Locals have also complained about increased traffic and drunken thugs in the village
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Local services manager Paul Jones said: ‘We are not offering any additional parking capacity in Bamburgh.

“We are happy to have a more in-depth dialogue to see what we can do to support you and the local landowner in terms of the use of seasonal overflow provisions and what can and cannot be done to stay on the right side of the law. ”

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