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Row over caravan drinks bid.

Byline: By Dave Black

Families in a seaside community are fighting to call time on a bid for longer drinking hours at a holiday park in the centre of their village.

People in 84-home Cresswell ( next to Druridge Bay in Northumberland ( say they already suffer enough disruption from the impact of thousands of summer holidaymakers who flock to the hamlet's two caravan parks.

Now residents and local parish councillors have raised strong objections to a bid by the owners of the Cresswell Towers holiday park to extend the opening hours at bar and entertainments complex.

Park bosses have applied for the club to be allowed to stay open until 1am every night of the week instead of the current 11pm from Monday to Saturday and 10.30pm on Sundays. Worried locals say existing problems of late-night noise, disorder outside the park and littering will be made worse if the license is extended ( and fear having their peace and quiet disturbed even further into the small hours.

Objections by a number of villagers and Cresswell Parish Council will be considered when Castle Morpeth Borough Council's licensing sub-committee discusses the application later this month.

It is the latest dispute between Cresswell residents and the owners of the village's two holiday caravan parks ( Cresswell Towers and Golden Sands ( in recent years.

Plans by Golden Sands owner Northumbrian Leisure for a pounds 15m, Center Parcs-style expansion of the park were withdrawn in May last year following protests by locals, who said 1,300 extra caravans would engulf the village. In October, a Government planning inspector rejected a bid by Cresswell Towers to extend its eight-month opening period to include November.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2005
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