Bempton Parish Council gives RSPB plans the nod

Bempton RSPB Centre.
Bempton RSPB Centre.

Bempton Parish Council have recommended that major £600,000 improvements to the RSPB site at Bempton be approved.

At a meeting last Thursday evening, councillors voted to recommend that the plans be approved, but did ask that the RSPB looked closely at their plans to deal with the increase in traffic that extra visitors to the site would bring.

Coun Richard Burton, who sits on Bempton Parish Council, said: “The council looked at the plans and recommended that they be approved, looking from a tourism point of view.

“Obviously from a residents’ point of view, there are concerns over the roads so we have recommended that the RSPB have a close look at their traffic plan to see if there is anything else they can do for residents of Cliff Lane. We have noted the work that has already gone into the plan.”

Before the meeting, the vice chairman of the parish council, Coun Chris Hanson, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Neville Nicholson, had spoken to around 10 of the 12 households along Cliff Lane who would be most affected by an increase in traffic.

He said: “Not many of the residents were too bothered about the traffic, one had a minor objection, but I wanted to know what people thought before we decided on it as a council.

“It’s a popular site, and even if not one brick gets laid traffic will increase there anyway, as it already has in the past. Nobody likes traffic, but at least with the extension we’ve got the chance to have a say in what happens and make improvements we wouldn’t otherwise be able to.”

The RSPB believes that a planned ‘trod’ alongside Cliff Lane, as proposed by East Riding and Bempton Parish Councils, and pull-ins on the brow of the hill which will be lengthened, will help to alleviate these concerns.