Thixendale vote against being made area of ​​outstanding beauty

Thixendale vote against being made area of ​​outstanding beauty

A VILLAGE in Ryedale has voted against being made an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) by Natural England.

Thixendale Parish Council held a vote on the matter after it was brought to the attention of the Parish Council that the residents were not all in favor of the recognition.

The AONB accreditation is given to protect and preserve land under law, by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Last Saturday (July 23), the Parish Council held a vote on the question: “Should Thixendale Parish be included in Natural England’s proposed Area of ​​Outstanding Beauty?”

The parish residents voted against the proposal at 70 to 39, with 111 out of the 201 eligible voters in attendance.

David Griffin, chair of Thixendale Parish Council, explained that residents are against the proposal as they fail to see the need for it.

“There’s not a problem to fix here,” he said.

“We know we live in a nice place.”

David went on to say that many in his Parish feared the accreditation would bring more harm than good.

A key concern is that the accreditation would bring in more tourists, which could create problems.

He explained that, although more tourists would benefit sectors such as hospitality, it would have a negative impact on the village.

The Parish Council chair said: “(Thixendale) is a tourist magnet as it is.

“Local residents are concerned about tourists creating issues with parking, and farmers not being able to move vehicles.”

David also said residents were worried that more tourists would result in house prices rising.

With the added protection of being an AONB, David explained that local businesses feared that they would not be able to expand because they would be limited by tighter planning permission.

This is because the business would have to seek permission from Natural England.

“We want to be a viable, sustainable community,” he said.

In addition to this, David went on to explain how many farmers were against the proposition.

He said many in his Parish felt that the extra protection was not needed.

“(Farmers have) said ‘we have created this landscape, so why does it need further protection?’” added David.

Now, David said the Thixendale Parish Council aim to use the ballot result to lobby Natural England against the proposal.

“We want to approach Natural England and say we don’t want it,” he said.

David added that he would be writing to Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, in the next week to gain the MP’s support on the matter, “given the clear democratic mandate.”

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