Sunday, 17 November 2019

Our tiny, but increasingly populated, hamlet.



Not so long ago, things simply went along very calmly and quietly, these days we never know what to expect. Dogs are kicked, cars are parked all over the place, and strange things happen.

At the delightful, yet half built shipping-container holiday village, there is already a 'Gite' in an old converted stone barn beside the owners house; I believe it caters for a maximum of seven holiday makers. When I went by recently there were SIX visitors cars parked outside (above). Yes, six cars for one 'Gite', the one parked on the children's school bus-stop belongs to someone else.

When Lady M took Billy for his evening walk she noticed a whole gang of people standing outdoors, in the drizzly twilight. She said they were looking very suspicious. Maybe it was a stag-do, a cannabis convention, or even a funeral party. It was a sight of which we are not familiar in our quiet corner of the world.


Near where they were standing are the initial diggings of the new Holiday Camp Swimming Pool (possibly similar to the above!!). Piles of earth, etc, are appearing just beyond the entrance. No doubt yet more huge diggers and concrete mixers will soon be making even more noise than before. There is only a derelict house directly opposite the entrance to the holiday complex, but there are three homes within a hundred meters or so who will be severely affected by the inevitable future racket; and we all know what effect pools have on children's decibel levels! We are expecting to hear the noise even from down at our own home, several hundred metres away.

This is exactly why everyone voted against this whole stupid bloody project. The planning dep't bureaucrats who approved it should all be bloody ashamed of themselves.



34 comments:

  1. Oh dear. Sorry for you. You'll have to plant loads of trees along your boundary lines to shut them all out.
    We are tormented every afternoon now by teenage boys roaring very noisily along our back roads on motorbikes.
    At least they dont actually roar past our door....or there would be tacks on the road!

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    1. We've actually just taken out a tall row of Leylandii behind the house; but they will be replaced by a tall fence. The trees were mostly dead.

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  2. Of course it could turn out to be a commercial failure and close down.

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    1. I cannot see any other outcome! Would you want to spend your Summer holiday in a Shipping Container, tightly surrounded by others with kids and dogs? No thanks.

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  3. I have to wonder if those planners would be so anxious to give their approval if such a scheme was proposed next door to their own homes?

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    1. Of course not. I can't help but wonder why they thought we'd like it? Idiots.

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  4. It's a shame that such a pastoral place is changing for the worse.

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    1. The real shame is that it's now lost for ever; it can never return to the paradise it once was. I cannot see what the area has gained.

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  5. Unfortunately it's a sign of the times Cro, there are just too many people. We notice it here on the North Norfolk coast, what used to be just weekend or holidays season visitors are here all the time now, along with their attendant half a dozen dogs. If you want peace and quiet you have to go inland. It's only going to get worse as the population expands.

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    1. Affluent people from inner cities will always look for peace and quiet in the countryside; then ruin it all by cramming themselves into the same spot. It happens everywhere.

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  6. The Balkans is where it's going to be all at. Hundreds of new dams, more motorways, shopping outlets, the last wild river in Europe under threat, enough corruption to go round, national parks being deforested, what more could anyone want? These days you can count yourself lucky if you don't have to drive tens of miles to post a letter or buy a loaf of bread. Obviously the extra petrol used by all helps boost the financial market. There's a tesla car over here that caught fire. Nobody knows what to do with it, especially 600 kilo lithium battery. The fire brigade dumped it in a tank of water to stop it catching fire again.

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    1. What a world we've (they've) created. The sad part is that as much as people may demonstrate in the streets; it'll change nothing.

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  7. Hi Cro, I's so sorry your peace is being shattered. With so many people in holiday mode, the general respect for property and other people's peace is non existent. Jo

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    1. I've already had a trug (garden basket) stolen this year. No big deal, but I expect it was a tourist who stole it.

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  8. I used to harbour dreams of returning to my home village, but it has changed so much. It is quite depressing how planners everywhere are allowing communities to be destroyed.

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    1. I was exactly the same. I once returned to my beautiful Surrey village only to find that the aircraft noise from Gatwick was unbelievable. It was non-stop!

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  9. It's hard to believe this has happened to your little hamlet. But then I didn't think our neighbour would build a bungalow in the middle of his vineyard.

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  10. I think that it is sadly inevitable....... everywhere. XXXX

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    1. We were always promised that nothing could change, because of strict planning laws; how wrong they were.

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  11. In my book there are prats, pillocks and bastards. They all mess you about. Prats don't realise but usually only irritate occasionally and in a small way. Pillocks do realise but continue to irritate and don't care. Bastards know what they are doing and do it deliberately for some gain. I would think the quiet tourists are prats. The noisy ones are pillocks. The planners who gave approval are bastards.

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    1. We also have people who cannot live without 'conflict'. I'm the opposite; I'm an anything for a quiet life person.

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  12. Well there's a happy post for a Sunday, along with comments to match.

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  13. I used to blame our commissioner and planners for all the growth that was happening. Then I found out that their hands were tied by the actions of those that were in power twenty or more years prior who wanted to bring in some development to our countryside and enacted legislation that opened the door to developers to do what they wanted. Growth can be good until it isn’t and has gone too far.

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    1. I have nothing against tourism or holiday villages, it's just that putting one in the middle of our tiny hamlet is totally inappropriate. That's 'planners' for you!

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  14. Rachel, at least Cro didn't mention Brexit!

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  15. Cro, no one is ever happy with town and country planning decisions (except the lawyers and consultants who are employed to fight the various sides).

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    1. Everyone who hears about this ridiculous holiday village is SHOCKED. It's simply in the wrong place, and has ruined what was a really delightful little hamlet. He should have bought an isolated farm with plenty of land, then no-one would have complained..... not that it did us any good complaining.

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  16. All the above makesme think that maybe it is not too bad living as I do now in the middle of an established housing estate - at least they can#t build anything like it looks as though you are going to experience Cro. Commiserations.

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    1. I have always believed that if you live in town, you do so because of what it offers. The same goes for living out in the countryside; which we DID have, but it has now been taken away.

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