Bid to boost takings at Southwold caravan site

Changes to a Southwold caravan site could earn a council an extra �46,800 a year if plans are given the go-ahead.

The Southwold Camping and Caravan Park wants to extend its opening times, change staff working hours and install new electricity points to increase revenue.

The move would give operators Waveney District Council a further �181,900 over the next five years, with some of the money being spent on a new �3,700 website.

At present, the site opens seven months a year from Good Friday or April 1 until October 31.

The changes would extend the time to eight months a year in 2012 (April 1 to November 30 ), and nine months a year in 2013 onwards (March 1 to November 30 for 2013).

The plans, which go before Waveney District Council's cabinet tonight, Tuesday March 13, would see nine electricity hook-up points installed by the end of this summer, costing �3,700.

If successful, it could pave the way for a �15,000 project to put a further 20 electrical points on the park.

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Meanwhile, it is also believed money would be saved by keeping the reception open longer and improving the site's cleaning service.

The council decided to review the park after a survey revealed some customers were pitching up for free outside staff working hours causing them to lose money.

Customers also raised concerns about the cleanliness of the site and asked for electrical hook-up points to be installed for those people who need an electrical supply for their caravans and motor homes.

The new website would allow customers to book pitches online, while staff would manage the site from tablet computers.

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