Suf­folk’s best layby?

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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.

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