Jim pledges to take lawns fight to EU

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 January 2013

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A WESTON campaigner is calling on official bodies to help protect a ‘historic’ conservation area - and he says he is prepared to take his fight to the European Parliament.

Jim Hannam, of Beach Road, has written to DEFRA, Natural England and South West MEP Julie Girling to ask for help in protecting the town’s Beach Lawns.

The Mercury revealed last month how North Somerset Council has put an opportunity out to tender to open an adventure golf site towards the Grand Pier.

But Mr Hannam says the Beach Lawns is a ‘rare and historic natural habitat,’ which has a history dating back to 1815.

Original plans were for an American-style crazy golf to go closer to Royal Sands, but the interested company withdrew after complaints from neighbouring residents.

Now the tender is for the opportunity to run an adventure golf-style attraction on the Beach Lawns where the Weston Wheel and Carters Steam Fair stood.

Mr Hannam said: “If DEFRA and Natural England are unable to assist in the protection of the Beach Lawns I will ask Mrs Girling to raise the matter in the EU Parliament.”

The putting green near Royal Sands will now stay where it is and the local authority is seeking a new operator.

In his letter to DEFRA, Natural England and Mrs Girling, Mr Hannam said: “The lawns and rockeries are a unique, isolated, 200-year-old wildlife habitat.

“They are home to many rare and EU protected plants and species.”

Expressions of interest for the new attraction must be received by Monday.


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