Residents Hate The Idea
The government's proposal to utilise Budle Bay as an air-firing station and practice-bombing range for the R.A.F. has raised a storm of protest from residents and parish councils in the area.
The opinion is held that, if the proposal is put into operation, all property in the area will depreciate by at least 50 per cent., householders will be forced to effect heavy insurance policies against damage by aircraft, and the duck shooting, for which this part of Northumberland is famous, will be completely ruined.
Vishermen Scared Holy Island, with the ruins of Lindisfarne, would also be in grave danger, and the fishermen of the coast, whose livelihood is drawn from the sea, would be faced with starvation on account of the harm caused by bombs exploding in the vicinity of the shoals.
A protest will be forwarded to the government, and a committee is in course of formation to deal with protests received from parish and rural councils in the area, with a view to enlisting the co-operation of the Marine department of the Board of Trade.