Englands Parking Holiday

The snow is melting and a hint of sun brings some hope to a hard pressed holiday industry in  the UK. Cancellations have been the order of the day so far, not cheer and extra customers. For many years the Holiday Industry in Britain has complained about decline in revenue and customers. For a hundred years resorts had a captive audience from the outset of railway travel until the arrival of mass air travel.  But resorts do not seem to learn the lessons of change how do you welcome people into your community either on a day, weekend or weekly holidays?

A vast majority of short stay visitors arrive by car and are immediately faced with the prospect of finding somewhere to park, it is almost as if the resorts are trying to drive them away. You go to even small out of the way parts of Britain the first thing you see is a parking meter, that is if you can find somewhere to park. Surely if resorts want customers to visit and spend money they should make parking available. Perhaps a multi storey car park should be a first priority even to a relatively small resort. We visited some areas of Devon’s south coast and found parking was limited even for locals, and this was during the winter before any invasion of the expected thousands. A rainy day in Dartmouth in December, nose to tail cars all searching for somewhere to park what it is like in the middle of summer beggars belief. If you visit Southsea and you find wall to wall parking meters time to alter priorities, to get visitors.

People used to visit the seaside for fresh air, perhaps some sunshine and the healthy prospects of swimming in the sea. Sitting in a deck chair eating ice cream in many resorts is still all that is available, where is Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park or Chessington world of adventures, certainly not at the seaside. Blackpool has invested in providing amusements and entertainment, with visitors paying them back by spending their pounds there. But most other resorts probably do not look any different from fifty to a hundred years ago, a long promenade, some rusty huts and a pier almost falling down from neglect. Add an indifference from local authorities, who do not see the sea front or coastal protection as a priority. When East Anglia has completely disappeared perhaps then attitudes might change, but at this moment it is fashionable to allow nature to take its course. It is a lot cheaper that way and as with providing new facilities at resorts cheapness is all that matters.

And that is how resorts in Britain are viewed cheap and…..?

©Michael Douglas Bosc

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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