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News round up

There’s rarely a dull moment in the world of caravans and caravanning – the whole year round there’s always something going on, and with the longer, sunnier days of spring and summer now on the horizon, the cycle steps up a gear.

So here are just a few of this week’s titbits of news and information to whet your appetite:

Colchester Holiday Park bids for 85 caravan spaces

  • the part of the site in question is currently used as a caravan storage area, adjacent to an established area for touring caravans;
  • the owners hope to attract more holidaymakers to the 14-acre park, situated on a quiet part of the Essex coast, yet only 60 miles from central London;
  • if planning permission is granted, the site will offer more leisure homes for holiday use, allow a better layout of onsite roads and provide more opportunities for further landscaping and planting;

Family caravan firm competing with the best

  • meanwhile, further north in Hull, the local firm of Arronbrook Caravans has not only notched up a record year manufacturing its bespoke holiday homes but is leading the competition when it comes to sales in major European markets, reported Hull Live on the 14th of January;
  • last year’s export record was given a major boost from a special deal with a leading Dutch holiday company – and exports to the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Norway now account for an impressive 60% of all its sales;
  • a spokesman for the company puts down much of its exporting success to the fact that buyers are not locked into minimum volume orders, but may purchase as few as just one or two of the luxury mobile homes at a time;

Swift Fairway Platinum review from Practical Caravan

  • the particular model under review is the four-berth, twin-axle Swift Fairway Platinum 635 from Broad Range Leisure – all new for 2019;
  • Practical Caravan is fulsome in its praise of what it calls an extraordinary ‘van, without an extraordinary price-tag – the model is squarely pitched at the mid-market buyer;
  • the reviewers found much to admire in several tweaks to the exterior of the caravan which make pitching and setting up easier, a well furnished lounge, welcome cosmetic changes to the kitchen and washroom, and ample storage;

Powys golf site lined up for 100 static homes

  • if the competition is between a failing golf course and a static caravan park, some are hoping that the latter wins hands down, suggests a story in the Shropshire Star on the 1st of January;
  • the former Mid Wales Golf Centre, in Powys – a barely viable nine-hole golf course – has recently closed down and its owner has submitted a planning application to turn the land into a caravan park for some 100 static caravans;
  • planning permission has already been granted for 20 caravans, but the extended plans include not only a significant increase in numbers, but also major redevelopment of a swimming pool, spa and indoor fitness studio built on land at Maesmawr;
  • whilst the application is still under consideration, planning authorities have so far expressed a degree of concern about increased traffic on what are narrow lanes to and from the proposed holiday park.

That’s it for this week – remember to look out for further news round-ups in the near future.