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Roadworks pose problem for naturist club

LONDON (Reuters) - Road-widening works along the London orbital M25 motorway are posing a problem for members of a naturist retreat.

The Five Acres Country Club in Hertfordshire is Britain’s oldest naturist club and can trace its roots back to 1925, but fears it might be forced to close by peeping toms.

The roadworks mean that two large waste mounds of materials such as chalk and clay will be created next to the camp.

Pat Balham, the owner of the club, fears that the mounds will mean that workmen and ramblers using the public footpaths nearby will be able to peer over the fence and into the camp.

“Residents are up in arms because their privacy is being compromised” she told the St Albans Review. “People come to a naturist club to socialise with like-minded people, not the entire world outside.”

There are also complaints about the amount of noise and dust being created by the building.

The Highways Agency said working methods had been changed to reduce vehicle noise, and water was being used to prevent dust escaping to nearby properties.

Plans for the mounds had been displayed at a public exhibition in March.

“We wish to work with local communities to address their concerns” said an agency spokesman.

Reporting by Sophie Wettern; Editing by Steve Addison