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A beautiful seaside town which was recently revealed as the UK’s ‘nimby capital’ is so posh that it once banned fish and chip shops. The North Essex town of Frinton-on-Sea is known for its strict council, which has kept the coastal area largely unchanged over the past few decades.

Less than three hours by train from London on the Essex coast, it is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of other seaside towns in the region, like nearby Clacton-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea, which are sometimes named some of the worst coastal hotspots in Britain.

The Telegraph unofficially crowned Frinton the ‘nimby’ capital of the year in 2023 – and it’s not hard to see why. The town was known for banning fish and chip shops until 1992, fearing it might ‘lower the tone’ of the area. ‘Nimby’ stands for ‘not in my back yard’ – with the term describing someone who is opposed to development in their local area.

The council also resisted attempts to open a pub in Frinton for many years, finally giving in in 2004 – but there’s still only one pub in the large town. And unlike most beach-side towns, you won’t find any ice cream sellers along the seafront as they’re not permitted either.

EssexLive reports that the town council is behind these strict rules. Maxine Collins, 52, owner of one of the newer fish and chip shops, Pier One, told MyLondon that the council are very controlling about what businesses can operate in Frinton.

She said: “The council freaked out about Sainsbury’s because it’s got an orange sign. Sainsbury’s couldn’t come here until they changed their sign.”

In 2014, planning documents revealed how much control Frinton Town Council had over new buildings. One rule stated: “No development shall be commenced until samples of the roof tiles and bricks… have been submitted to and agreed, in writing, by the Local Planning Authority.”

They said this was to keep the town looking nice and to protect the character of the Frinton Conservation Area.

Jon Howell, 53, who works at the MIND charity shop on the high street, thinks the town is quite old-fashioned and says a lot of work has been done to keep it that way.

One local resident told the Telegraph: “We’re not anti-change, just the right kind. I realise that sounds terribly snobby.”

Despite its flaws, Frinton is full of charm, with Maxine Collins telling EssexLive. “I think it’s a lovely town. It should never lose its character,” she said.

Maxine praised the beach, whether in summer or winter, and the various clubs from bowling to tennis. Jon agrees, adding that one of Frinton’s best things is the town’s lack of chain stores.

“That’s the appeal, to get away from the big chains in the town centres.”

Councillor Paul Clifton responded to the article’s claims at the time, explaining: “The planning authorities, Tendring District Council and Essex County Council, invite the Town Council to ‘comment’ on planning applications submitted to them.”

He also clarified the council’s role by saying, “Frinton and Walton Town Council is a ‘statutory consultee’ for planning applications submitted to the local planning authorities, not the authority making the decision. The Town Council try to ensure that we maintain and keep the characteristics of the town.”

The high street also boasts some posh, independent shops like Great Danes, a super-cool Danish homeware shop that turns into a wine bar in the evenings. The owner, Birgitte McLain, a Danish former translator for the European Parliament, said: “I was looking for a sandy beach to walk my Labrador. And it’s close to London.

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