DEVELOPMENT: Fail to see the need

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As a keen cyclist and Tynemouth resident, I was interested to discover the plans to develop a ‘cycle hub/café’ at the Spanish Battery, and visited the developers’ website to find out more.

What is depicted on this website is a substantial development, which I believe is utterly out of place in this location from aesthetic and environmental points of view.

I am not against the development of leisure activities in Tynemouth and enjoy the more vibrant atmosphere of the village of recent years.

However, I do fail to see why we need another café/restaurant/bar, with associated noise, traffic and parking issues, especially on such a greenfield site.

The financial investment in this project will surely require very significant sales of food and drink to produce a return – far from cups of tea and coffee for weary cyclists, especially given the proposed ‘function space’ and what looks like a potential beer garden on top.

There are already many excellent places to buy food and drink in Tynemouth, why defile this atmospheric and green location with yet another?

At Trafalgar, Nelson observed of our local hero Admiral Collingwood: “See how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his ship into action.”

Not: “See how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his tray of lagers and paninis.”

I would urge planners and residents to reflect on the fact that, regarding our riverside environment, once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Noel Keighley

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