Most motorhome owners buy their motorhome in order to visit campsites; however one family in Cornwall has actually bought one to get away from a campsite near their home during the festival season. Motorhome owners and campers are generally considerate when it comes to staying in campsites, and they usually try to keep noise down out of respect for local residents. However, at the Trevelgue Holiday Park in Newquay, festivals have caused so many complaints that the park’s licence is now under review.
Local residents have complained to the Cornwall Council’s licencing and environmental health teams that the noise caused by festivals is so unbearable that they cannot sleep, and has even prompted one family to invest in a motorhome so they can leave the area during the busy period. Even though investing in a motorhome is an expensive way to get a good night’s sleep, especially when you consider the cost of petrol and motorhome insurance, the man said: “Events in 2012 have caused my family and I so much disruption and distress that we’ve purchased a motorhome and plan our weekends so we are not at home during the events.”
The council have therefore decided to create a report on the campsite, which includes testimonies from at least ten residents, and eventually members of the council’s Licensing Act sub-committee will choose to either change the conditions of Trevelgue Park’s licence, or even remove it completely. The holiday park, which is based on Trevelgue Road, Porth, has hosted the Run to the Sun festival for the past fifteen years, however recently it has also started hosting the Bang Face and Hardcore Till I Die festivals, which are known for playing dance music throughout the night. One neighbour said that: “During the Bang Face festival the bass vibrations were felt throughout the cottage, with the windows closed, and when trying to sleep I could feel the vibrations in my chest.”
Mike Finnegan, operations director at Trevelgue has said that he wants to improve the situation and: “We are working closely with the officers to agree the wording of a condition or conditions that are workable and satisfactory for al concerned.”