Cornwall news Cornwall holiday park owners react to 'vague' lockdown exit roadmap UK news
MetiNews.Com - Holiday businesses will lose out on some of the Easter trade
Breaking News ! Owners of holiday parks and campsites in Cornwall have said they need more clarification after the Prime Minister revealed the roadmap out of lockdown. Yesterday Boris Johnson revealed when caravan parks, campsites and holiday parks could reopen.. The government said that staycations in the UK will be allowed from April 12. This means that holiday businesses in the county will lose out on some of the Easter trade. Meanwhile, there is 'confusion' about whether campers will have to wait until May 17 to visit Cornwall due to access to shared washing facilities. Francis Grose, owner of Kelynack Caravan and Camping Holidays near St Just, said: "Some will see it as too early others will see it as too late. "We will miss Easter but on the whole it's better to be cautious than to rush opening up. "We have got to follow the measures and accept it. You can moan all you like but at the end of the day that's what was announced. "Last year we didn't open until July 4 so anything earlier is better than that." Mr Grose said motorhomes and static caravans account for three quarters of business and they will be able to use the campsite from April 12. Following the latest announcement It appears shared washing facilities on campsites won't be able to open until May 17. However, Mr Grose said most of the campers don’t start arriving until May anyway. Debs Walker, owner of Treloan Coastal Holidays, said she's been in touch with other business owners because the guidance wasn't clear. She said: "I know I can open the static caravans from April 12 but I'm not sure about the campsite yet (meaning to campers). "It's still early days, I'm sure I'll know by the end of the day or tomorrow. "I was surprised by the announcement, I thought we were going to reopen in May and I was quite happy to wait. "But sooner is good for businesses and the government, who don't have to shed out so much money. "I think everyone will rush down on April 12. Last year our campers were absolutely amazing, we had no trouble or cases of the virus." Clair Hancock of Gwithian Farm Campsite said: "I think it's disappointing we won't open at Easter, but understandable. "We are just waiting for clarification on whether we can open our facilities, and found the announcement quite vague. "We are now trying to work out if we can open our shower and toilet block before May 17.
. "But at the moment, with the announcement yesterday, we are just waiting for clarification on some of the details. "It's quite vague, zoos will be able to open and I’m sure they will have toilets, but I'm not sure if I can open the shower block. "I'm hoping to open on April 12 and welcome everyone back, many of our campers have transferred from last year and have supported us. "The phone has been red hot since yesterday and booking is looking very promising especially in June before the schools break up." Karen Probets of Cornish Coast Caravan and Camping Park said: "I think it's a difficult situation and wouldn't want to be in the government's position. "I have mixed feelings. Obviously we want to open but we don't want to open then have to close again. "If we were told to wait longer we would be willing to do so. It's tricky, but it could have been worse. "On April 12 we can rent holiday lets and static caravans out, but no cameras because shared washing facilities will be closed.” Karen said this could impact business. She explained: "We are just a small site, it's not like we can double the number of caravans and holiday lets we have." However, they've been receiving lots of enquiries since the Prime Minister's announcement. She added: "I'm confident the summer will be good, but it's normally busy anyway. It's not like the announcement is going to do wonders for it. "It's slightly disappointing that the announcement was made yesterday and we have to wait for the finance side of things- we have got huge overheads here and we need more support. You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. "I would like it if they continued to reduce VAT rates - that was due to end at the end of March. It would be nice to have a quicker follow up to that, to know we will be supported. "By keeping reduced VAT that will help us over the year, when we start earning in the summer, it will help to make up the lost revenue. "I am pleased we've got a road man and there's a plan. We didn't have one last year when the announcement was made and we had a week's notice to get ready which was pretty tricky, so we have more time now." For more reactions to yesterday’s announcement click here.
Source = MetiNews.Com - Cornwall