September 2013 Update

Decision on dogs at Beach Estate Caravan Park

The historic position about dogs at Beach Estate is that we’ve never accepted them (apart from guide dogs), although they have always been allowed on the Sandsgate part of the site. This has been the case since before we purchased many years ago. Anyway, the problem we have is that despite the rules the guests of caravan owners still bring them down – presumably without being aware of the position. This causes fairly continual complaints from others who stick to the rules and understandably don’t see why people should get away with ignoring them. And we are regularly being asked to attend to do something about it. This is making life difficult. One of the options is to drop the dog ban rule. If so then the usual situation would apply – an annual fee for dogs and an insistence that they were kept properly under control and any mess cleared up. Personally I don’t have much of a problem with allowing dogs under those conditions. But I’m aware that there are caravan owners who have particular views about this and I don’t want to change things that may be considered important without there being a bit of feedback about it.

So the way to get back to us about this is to drop a line in the post or send an e-mail to info@long-beach.co.uk We’ll jeep things updated on this blog facility.

The Dolphin Bar

What happened about the breakfasts at The Dolphin Bar earlier this season was that we gave it a go. But the staff found it difficult because everything had to start early. The cooking lady and her (assistant) daughter left. We weren’t able to arrange substitute staff at short notice just as the season began to get busy. So unfortunately this had to be terminated, which is a shame. However, I don’t rule out trying this again in the future.

Next Season Details And Shutdown:

I’m sending out the details about the opening/closing times and the siterent etc. for 2014 in the next few days. As usual, the review is based on the government RPI index and the increase in any passed on costs (electricity/water/sewer/council tax etc.) in excess of that. In the past the lower rate (5%) used to apply to some service elements but this is no longer the case unless each caravan is metered which is impractical.

We have in the office signs that say “All valuables remove” etc. for caravan owners to put in their caravans over the winter. But if you try this then its important that the valuables are in fact removed or hidden, otherwise the credibility has gone. And our advice is that the curtains should be left open / net curtains taken down so that it is clear there is no reason to gain entry (also stops the curtains fading).

John.