Police admit on Radio 4 that the "designated area" is purely a National
Trust management decision
The local representative of law and order, PC Norton, admits on
national radio (BBC Radio Four, Shorelines, 12 November 1998) that the
"designated area" is purely a National Trust management decision - something that
we have been saying since 1995, and which has hitherto been consistently denied
by the police who insist that if we stray outside it we are breaking the law.
As we have remarked before, the National Trust does not yet make the laws in this
we have remarked before, the National Trust does not yet make the laws in this country, and
there is no justification for their treating the police as their puppets and
mouthpieces. Apart from being demeaning to the officers concerned, it is
We have yet to see the effect on the National Trust and the police of the
two television documentaries with which we have been involved, but the message
ought to be clear to them by now. Perhaps what is needed is a new management
plan - clear out all the dead wood (including some that, having been around
since pre-National Trust days, is not so much dead as fossilised) and get someone in with a
bit of common sense.
Perhaps, also, they would be more reasonable if all the
closet nudists "came out". Or even if they were "outed"?