The tourism industry in South Wales has suffered recently due to the terrible weather over the past few months. Not only has the torrential rain put off some campers and caravanners venturing out over the winter months, but it has also caused flooding in various campsites, meaning that owners are having to shut down until the damages are fixed.
It’s good news then that Margam Park in South Wales has just announced that they are planning to create a new camping and caravan site as part of their million pound investment into the area. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund the site is getting a two million pound lease of life, where a new access road, bridge, amenity block, office, car park, and tractor shed are being built. The plan is to build a brand new 91-pitch site at the East Lodge end of the park, however it has not been decided yet whether the club will lease the land and run it directly or as a franchise.
Council head of partnership and community development Russell Ward has said: “Assuming planning consent is granted, we would expect work to start on the site this year. It should be then up and running by the spring of 2014. The proposal is a welcome one, as it fills a gap by providing a serviced site for camping and touring caravans. It is a significant enhancement of the tourism offer in Neath Port Talbot, and can also support some of the events we bring to the park.”
“There will be benefits in terms of jobs created, but as much as that it’s about supporting the country’s tourism businesses. It looks like a lot of the ambitions we set out to deliver, we are now delivering on. I’m delighted about that. It’s really good news and a tribute to the hard work a lot of council staff who have pulled this together.”
Those that are considering travelling to campsites or caravan parks in Wales this year should make sure they are covered by caravan insurance, especially if they are concerned about potential water damage that could occur to their vehicles whilst on the trip.