Naturist club 'open despite noise'
Published 03/07/2010 | 10:51
England's oldest naturist club has vowed it would not close down, despite members having been exposed to months of noise and dust from nearby roadworks.
The Fiveacres Country Club near St Albans in Hertfordshire has complained repeatedly about a road-widening scheme on the nearby M25, which has disturbed the tranquility of its 250 nudist members.
But it remained defiant as it celebrated its 83rd birthday.
Managing director Pat Badham said: "We're not closing. We'll never close, we're here to stay forever, whatever life throws at us."
The Highways Agency agreed last Friday to erect two fences and to plant some hawthorns to protect the naturists' modesty and peace and quiet.
Ms Badham said: "Hopefully we're going to get it resolved but we don't know. There's a hell of a lot of noise and we've got months more of it to come."
The section of road-widening affecting the club is not due to be completed until next year.
The Highways Agency said it had listened to the club's concerns and changed its working methods accordingly.
A spokesman said: "We are widening the M25 from three lanes to four between junctions 16 to 23 and 27 to 30, to reduce congestion on Europe's busiest motorway.
"The work is providing around 850 jobs over three years."