UK’s top seaside resort marked “no go zone”


Britain’s top resort is fighting to retain its reputation after being branded a ‘no go zone’ due to drunks, traffic jams and littering.

The picturesque town of Bamburgh attracts over 150,000 visitors each year and is famous for its castle and spectacular golden beaches.

The small village of Northumberland, which has only 414 inhabitants, has recently exceeded which? survey that ranked each destination’s beaches, value for money, food and drink, and tourist attractions.

But despite being crowned the UK’s top seaside hotspot for the second year running, residents have made the extraordinary claim that it is a victim of its own success.

Angry locals said Bamburgh had been ruined by tourists and day trippers and was blighted by a severe lack of parking and strict planning laws.

They also targeted groups of rowdy revelers hosting late-night boozy parties in the sand dunes reports the Mirror.

At night, the beach becomes the center of the party

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 drew huge crowds last year
The village was dogged by bad behavior

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.

“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.”

Bamburgh drew huge crowds last year
Bamburgh drew huge crowds last year

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.

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.

“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.

The village has also seen an increase in litter and fly tipping
The village has also seen an increase in litter and fly tipping

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.

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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