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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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Resort ready to do battle with its enemy at the gates
By David Sapsted
(Filed: 25/07/2006)

Battle was joined yesterday over plans to install a safety barrier at a level crossing that serves as the gateway to one of the country's most genteel seaside resorts.
Frinton-on-Sea in Essex, which still outlaws ice-cream sales and ball games on its seafront, has been on the wrong end of recent planning battles over establishing a fish and chip shop, a pub and a betting shop in the town.
Now the final straw has come in a plan by Network Rail to replace "the gates" - the white wooden gates at the manned level crossing along the only public road into the Victorian resort.
Frinton proper starts only once you have passed through the gates. Local legend has it that townspeople used to padlock them in the middle of the 20th century to prevent charabancs carrying the "wrong sort of people" from London to Frinton on day trips.
"Paris has its Eiffel Tower, London has Tower Bridge and, in Frinton, we have the gates," said Terry Allen, the deputy mayor.
Daily Telegraph

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