New bid to flatten dunes

Don Moore on the sand dunes
Don Moore on the sand dunes
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A DOCTOR slammed for bulldozing a sand dune has submitted a fresh bid to flatten the dunes – and has won the support of environmental campaigners.

Dr Brian Newman claims rebuilding St Annes sand dunes on the beach – away from the road and homes – would save the tax-payer thousands of pounds currently spent cleaning up windblown sand.

It is now almost two years since the surgeon caused uproar by flattening the dune in front of his £750,000 North Promenade home.

But Dr Newman said the absence of windblown sand in front of his home proves what he did works, and he has joined forces with seven neighbours and lodged an application to move an entire section of dune back onto the beach.

He told The Gazette: “It’s an application for the removal of deposited sand and the recreation of a sand dune system.

“It will involve the whole section of privately owned beach in front of the houses and right up to where the sand yacht club is.

“It’s going to cost a lot of money and I’m going to cover the cost, but it’s going to save the tax-payer a lot of money.”

Since he bulldozed his dune, Dr Newman has moved the sand further out to sea and replanted grasses close to the road.

He claims by doing this over a larger section the dunes will be safer, form a better sea defence and enhance conservation.

Dr Newman said: “These are not heritage dunes, in fact they are not sand dunes at all – all the history shows they’ve been man-made.

“The idea is to create a proper system rather than the dumped sand we’ve currently got.”

A dune management plan and ecological study has been submitted alongside Dr Newman’s application and dunes campaigner Don Moore said he was “impressed” by what he’d seen.

Mr Moore, from Defend the Dunes, said: “I like the pro-active approach to encouraging dune growth, it looks very good from the flood defences point of view and I’m impressed by the intention to look after the plants.”

The application is due to be considered by Fylde Council in July and a spokesman said: “Any changes will have to be for the long-term benefit of the dunes.”