Council to rule on beach's future

By Matthew Bates Tuesday 11 September 2012 Updated: 12/09 17:21

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Thousands have signed a petition to keep the beach in tact. (s)

A MAN-MADE beach near Coventry is under threat.

A three-day hearing was launched on Tuesday (September 11) to decide whether the beach at Heart Park, in Fillongley, could stay.

The North Warwickshire Borough Council meeting will investigate claims parts of the Meriden Road site do not have correct planning permission.

Nearly 6,000 school children visited in the last year alone and over 3,200 people have signed a petition to save the beach.

Owner Stephen Hammon said the land had created 37 jobs and contracts with nearly 30 suppliers across the region.

The entrepeneur said support from beach-goers had been unbelievable.

"People have telephoned the office really upset that we may have to close.

"An 80-year-old grandmother rang nearly in tears saying that she struggles to drive long distances but has brought her grandchildren to the beach six times over the summer holiday because it is great for them to be in the fresh air having fun.

"Creating England’s most central beach has proved to be an idea that has caught the imagination of families who are saving money on fuel bills as well as hours in a hot car driving to the coast."

A decision is expected in November.

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