Biggarmac replied on 18/01/2021 17:08
Posted on 18/01/2021 17:08
In 2020 when lockdown was lifted in July there was a surge of members desperate to get out in their units. Sites were swamped and in some areas it was impossible to find a site. Many motorcaravanners who had not previously gone off grid (I refuse to use the term wildcamp) found they had no choice. I was lucky to get three nights on a CL at Blairgowrie during a 10 night tour. and one night on a commercial campsite in the Great Glen. On other nights I stayed in Pub carparks where I was able to enjoy a meal, in forestry carparks, on coastal carparks and on friends drives.
The big problem was disposing of wastes and filling with water. Friends with drives were very helpful, but the problem of lack of the type facilities such as there is on the continent was very evident.
On the continent many campsites allow non residents on to service their units, for a fee. It could be an additional revenue stream for CL owners to allow passing trade to use their service points. This would be particularly useful for CLs who are full to supplement their income and to reduce the problems which were seem in many popular tourist hotspots last year. The owners would need to look at what extra costs they would have for this service and what services they would be able to provide. For instance how much does 100 litres of water cost on a metered supply? How much each toilet emptying would add to the cost of sewerage? How much for emptying a greywater supply of say 80 litres? For comparison the CCC, on some sites, allow members to use site facilities, empty wastes and fill water for £7.30 (last years price). That also allows for the use of showers.
This would stop the complaint that one night stopovers to dump and fill are blocking longer bookings. A drop in facility could be a bonus for both CL owners and Motorcaravanners.
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