Sand storm looms

Dr Brian Newman at the bulldozed dune in front of his house in 2009.
Dr Brian Newman at the bulldozed dune in front of his house in 2009.
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A DOCTOR who became dubbed the ‘dune raider’ could be set to start another storm of controversy with his beach sand removal plans.

Dr Brian Newman caused outrage when he had a 50ft high sand dune directly opposite his luxury beachfront home bulldozed away two-and-a-half years ago.

But the surgeon says he is still doing nothing wrong in now leading a bid to get the dune system across the road from his £750,000 St Annes property removed.

The planning application from residents between 88-106 North Promenade – including Dr Newman – for the “removal of deposited sand and construction of new sand dunes” is due to go before Fylde Council’s development management meeting on January 18.

Vascular surgeon Dr Newman, 66, and the several householders each own a section of the dunes which separate the properties from the beach.

He claims the dunes are not natural, but have been formed by the council dumping road cleared sand there over the years.

He said: “All residents are happy with what’s going on because they are party to the application. It is down for planning to remove the dumped sand outside the private homes and the removal of the sand deposited by Fylde Borough Council on their own land.

Full report in this week’s Express.