Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined Friends of Spanish Battery, a campaign group battling to save a seaside beauty spot from commercial development, at North Tyneside Council's offices where they handed over a petition of more than 3000 local residents.
Alan Campbell said "Tynemouth is an award winning seaside village and the reason for that success is because regeneration has been sensitive and has had the backing of most residents. It is clear that this proposed development is neither sensitive to the area nor does it have local backing.
"We all want to welcome visitors including cyclists to Tynemouth but it's not obvious that this site in particular marks the end of the cycle way nor is there anything proposed here that could not be provided nearby either in the village or as part of the Fish Quay regeneration.
"But above all this is green open space, part of Tynemouth's history, and much loved by visitors and residents alike. Just because it's possible to develop somewhere doesn't mean it's necessarily a good idea. Take away a quiet open space and you cannot easily put it back.''