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NATURISTS want a beach officially recognised as a nudist site to end years of conflict between clothed and naked bathers.

Areas of Newborough beach, dunes and forest on Anglesey have attracted nudists for years and it regularly features in naturist guide books.

But the nude visitors have sparked opposition locally, with anger that families and children are exposed to naked men and women.

Now calls have been made to make part of the beach an official nudist area clearly signposted and regulated by a committee.

British Naturism also say the official status could see the island cash in on the naturist tourists by attracting more visitors - the nearest official nudist beach is at Morfa Dyffryn, near Barmouth.

The councillor who represents Newborough, Peter Rogers, said he was opposed to having a nudist beach but said it was time to either enforce a nude ban or give it official status and control the use.

The issue was first raised by naturist John Baines with UK nudist groups. He said: "I think this beach would be good to be a official naturist beach. Signs should be put up to tell others where the boundaries are. More people, more business for the local area."

British Naturism commercial director Andrew Welch said: "In terms of the law, official recognition is not needed, but having this recognition would remove the doubt so people are aware it is a nudist beach.

"This could also be good for the economy. What people forget is that naturists like other visitors come with money in their pockets to spend in local shops, restaurants and at beach car parks. We call it the buff-pound."

He added: "We are keen to remove the suspicion about naturism, the thought that it is weird, eccentric and even sordid. This could not be further from the truth. The challenge for us is getting that message across to other people."

Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 it is not an offence to be naked in public in England and Wales. It becomes an offence if it can be proved the person stripped off with the intention to Buff pound:NaturistAndrew cause distress, alarm or outrage. People can then be charged with indecent exposure or intentional harassment.

Cllr Rogers, who represents Rhosyr, said: "I don't want a nudist beach at this site but I think the time has come to make a proper decision. We can't carry on the way it is now - we need to either ban it and enforce that ban, or we make it official."

An Anglesey County Council spokesman said: "There is currently no naturist section on Newborough Beach or any other Anglesey beach, and our maritime section has not received any requests for one to be created."



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Date:Mar 28, 2012
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