Seaford: Tourism boost with caravan park scheme

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PLANS to create more spaces at a caravan park in a bid to help boost tourism in Seaford has been given the thumbs up by town councillors.

The two applications, put forward by Bill Webb of Buckle Camping and Caravan Park in Marine Parade, will see improvements made as well as creating room for more caravans on the site if given the go ahead by Lewes District Council.

Last week, the proposals were discussed by the Planning & Highways Committee of Seaford Town Council who are able to comment on the plans.

Commenting on the first application, which includes rearrangement of a field to include camping areas, 30 new static caravan spaces and a replacement toilet/shower block Seaford resident Bob Gower said, “I welcome this application. I think it will enhance the amenities at the Buckle and provide more facilities for tourism.”

Owner Mr Webb said that the Regional Tourism Board believed finding spaces for tourists in the area could be difficult. He said, “We’re dedicated to Seaford and looking to improve and enhance the site.

“People come to Seaford and they like it, we support local services where we can and we’re just trying to improve our business and help the area.”

Councillor Bob Allen said he first had some concerns but thought the potential for increasing business in Seaford was good.

Councillor Andrew Hamilton added, “I feel we should support this application very strongly on the basis we’re a seaside town and potentially it will increase tourism.”

Councillors raised no objections to the application and said they strongly recommended the second one which included change of use of one of the fields to mixed camping and 37 static caravans.

Councillor Anthony White said, “I personally welcome this. I think it’s absolutely fantastic.

“Where we have a limited amount of hotel and bed and breakfasts it helps with making the tourist situation a little bit better for the town.”