Suffolk’s best layby?
Suffolk tourism chiefs and business owners say the industry wants to restart and is optimistic it can salvage something of the 2020 season.
Despite earlier concerns that businesses might not be able to trade until 2021, there are hopes that the easing of lockdown could help save the year for some. Pete Waters, from Visit East Anglia, said after the Northern Ireland government’s announcement that self-catering accommodation, and maybe hotels, can re-open from July 20, with safety measures in place, it would be good to get a date for England. “But we cannot risk a second spike. If that happens, and we go back into lockdown, it will be devastating.”
Alex Tarry, of holiday lettings company Best of Suffolk, said: “I am sure the entire tourism industry in the region hopes we’ll be able to save at least part of the summer, not least as a lot of people will be in need of a break after this crisis. For our part, once the Government guidance says it is safe, right and proper for us to do so, we will re-open our properties and welcome guests back to Suffolk to spend their money in our communities.
“We predict there will be a staged opening, probably with restrictions, such as ‘fallow’ periods between bookings, maybe restricted group sizes. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Harry Embleton, managing director of Air Manage Suffolk, said the UK tourism industry could benefit from holidaymakers’ reluctance to go overseas.
“In my opinion international travel is not going to be in a reasonable state for at least a year. The domestic travel market will see quite an increase in demand perhaps even in the seasons when we usually lose it.” He said his company would work with local people to ensure all were happy with tourists returning.
Suffolk Magazine reader and keen photographer Peter Cutts took this picture of a lay-by on the road into Hadleigh from the Ipswich direction. Suffolk has 106 Roadside Nature Reserves, maintained by Suffolk County Council’s grasscutting contractors, parish councils and volunteers. All Roadside Nature Reserves (RNR) are marked with white posts and plates indicating the direction of the protected stretch which helps ensure cutting takes place at appropriate times. Some RNRs can be visited (with care) but many aren’t safe because of their proximity to the road. Read more these on hidden green spaces in Matt Gaw’s Country Diary (p44). For more information go to suffolk.gov.uk
Tourism operators are keen to salvage something of the 2020 season.
Kerbside colour Peter Cutts took this photo of the roadside just outside Hadleigh where he says a local couple work hard to keep it looking beautiful.