Holiday park to expand with forty new timber lodges
THE caravan industry has not had a smooth ride over the past few years.
With high tax threats and the potential of thousands of jobs being lost, the industry is undergoing a tough time.
But one East Yorkshire holiday park is continuing to succeed in the face of uncertainty.
Longmeadows Holiday Park in Withernsea is expanding its services and getting ready to launch new timber lodges to take its business further.
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Sales manager Guy Moxon said the family-owned park, which sells holiday homes and lodges, is doing really well.
He said: "We are doing well but we want to try to do a bit better and move forward."
Two new lodges – including a show lodge – are now on the site and there is provision for 40 more lodges at the park, which Mr Moxon is hopeful they can sell during the year.
Coastline Leisure is the caravan sales company at the park, which Mr Moxon said has the provision to expand further.
He said: "We have more land to build on but we are waiting for the sales of the lodges to expand the park.
"Once the lodges are sold, we will put in extra roads and new sites for them to be on."
Mr Moxon said they are hoping for better weather this year, which would lead to more people having breaks on holiday parks.
Mr Moxon said: "We have found the economy grows our business.
"We benefit from the people who want to stay in the country and those who want to invest their money here.
"We are looking forward to another great year."
Last year, the proposal of tax on static caravans hit the region hard.
MPs fought to reverse the plan and make East Yorkshire's voice heard.
Since then, the Government announced it will not be imposing the 20 per cent tax on static caravans – a proposal first unveiled as part of the Chancellor's Budget.
Instead, a five per cent tax on static caravans will be imposed from April.
Mr Moxon said: "The tax has the same effect on us as every other park but we are trying to lift our profile."
As well as expanding the business, Mr Moxon said the park is starting to become more involved with events in Withernsea to help the coastal town become more appealing to visitors.
As part of this commitment, the holiday park is set to host more events in its clubhouse and get involved in occasions in the coastal town.
Mr Moxon said: "We want to raise our profile in the town.
"It is essential to do this as a local business in the town.
"It has been quite dead and we want a resurrection.
"We want to be seen by the town people as a company that is giving back to the town."