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Our Clau­dia re­ports on tour­ers and tourism, and a Vic­to­rian Christ­mas

NEW FOR­EST CAMP­SITE Sandy Balls, a hugely pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion for gen­er­a­tions, is clos­ing its gates to tour­ers. The hol­i­day vil­lage will fo­cus on stat­ics as part of a £10m in­vest­ment in the site. Since Away Re­sorts bought Sandy Balls in 2016, it has in­vested £2m in cen­tral fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a pool, gym, spa and restau­rant. Its tour­ing field makes way for 108 static hol­i­day homes this win­ter, with the open­ing date of the de­vel­op­ment yet to be con­firmed. CEO Carl Cas­tle­dine cites tour­ing’s grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity, and the in­creas­ing size of vans, mo­torhomes and tents, as part of the prob­lem, com­pounded by the New For­est Plan­ning Author­ity’s pref­er­ence to de­crease foot­fall in the for­est. He said to visi­tors: “I would like to thank you for your cus­tom over the years. We do not want to lose you as visi­tors to Sandy Balls, and would love to see you back here, to stay in one of our stun­ning new lodges.”

Sandy Balls will be fo­cus­ing on static car­a­vans as part of a ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment

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