LAND—By The Sea Following up, as it were, an article from a correspondent on the " summer seaside slums," Lord Crawford and Balcarres, speaking at the annual meeting of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, pleaded for a " no man's land " where sea and land for some distance should be left intact.
He deplored the results of the competition between one town and another. " If one of them has got an amusement park," he said, "the neighbouring borough insists on having a fun-fair." Each seaside town had to have a bathing-pool large enough to accommodate thousands, but in the pool itself there might be room for 20 or 30 to bathe. Everything was being more and more sacrificed to the entertainment of the visitor.
He was amazed at the standard of comfort, luxury, and ostentation which was being set up for hard-working people who came from his own industrial county of Lancashire. He did not know whether this action by seaside towns was for the good of those for whom it was provided, but he was quite sure it was bad for the towns themselves, and he was still more certain that the gradual encroachment of these unending promenades was bad for the country.