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Caravans banned from a Hebridean island



 
 
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Old June 26th 06, 03:26 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
John & Lisa
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island

Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not contribute
to the local economy.

The ferry company, Caledonian MacBrayne, has agreed not to let them sail
from the mainland to the scenic eight-mile-long island of Colonsay.

The ban came after the 100 islanders decided the vehicles were spoiling the
natural beauty of the island.

Locals complained that caravanners were parking in lay-bys, eating their own
food instead of going to restaurants and leaving rubbish behind.
CalMac will now only allow campervans being used for educational trips to
visit the island, but their drivers must produce a letter confirming they
have booked paid accommodation.

Britain's largest caravanning body, which has just under one million
members, has described the step as "tourism fascism".
The island's laird, Alex Howard, head of Colonsay Estate, which owns most of
the island, said it had been a collective decision.

"The locals just thought they spoiled the appearance of the island and their
owners did not contribute to a very fragile economy where the season is
short and every penny across the counter helps," he said.
"What they didn't want to find when tramping over the unspoilt beaches was a
walloping great campsite with caravans.
"There is also the feeling that the roads on the islands cannot cope with
large caravans clogging them up."

Mr Howard, son of Lord Strathcona, who was part of a four-man consortium
that last year bought the island's only hotel, added: "Most people
understand we are just trying to take Colonsay plc into the 21st century and
give the island's accommodation providers a fair crack of the whip."

In the island's newsletter, the Corncrake, one resident complained that
campervans were appearing in a "steady dribble", with owners parking
inappropriately to boil water.

The article reads: "Although camping trips by organised educational, youth
or scientific parties have always been welcomed, there has been an
established policy of discouraging caravans and campervans on the island.
"The problem was seen as one of their total incongruity in such a tiny
place. And, of course, the occupants were thought to make no cultural or
economic contribution to the community."

A spokeswoman for the Caravan Club described the decision as "outrageous".

She said: "This is tourism fascism. These are people who eat in restaurants,
drink in pubs, visit local stores and farmers' markets and appreciate the
local cultures.
"This is an outrageous and mistaken discrimination to make against a whole
sector of tourists."

She said that caravanners contribute 1 billion to the British economy
annually. The ban is stated in the small print on Calmac timetables.
A spokesman for the company, which sails to the island from Oban three times
a week, said it was simply following the islanders' wishes.
"This was not down to us. We are complying with the Laird."

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Old June 26th 06, 06:17 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Sarah and Lloyd
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"John & Lisa" wrote in message
...
Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.

GMails - Our Caravanning bit of the web
www.gmails.co.uk/forums

Absolutely amazing

How come this hasn't been crossposted to uk.rec.******?

Have you ****ed eveyone off on that news group aswell?


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Old June 26th 06, 06:17 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Sarah and Lloyd
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"John & Lisa" wrote in message
...
Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.

GMails - Our Caravanning bit of the web
www.gmails.co.uk/forums

Absolutely amazing

How come this hasn't been crossposted to uk.rec.******?

Have you ****ed eveyone off on that news group aswell?


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Old June 26th 06, 06:17 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Sarah and Lloyd
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"John & Lisa" wrote in message
...
Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.

GMails - Our Caravanning bit of the web
www.gmails.co.uk/forums

Absolutely amazing

How come this hasn't been crossposted to uk.rec.******?

Have you ****ed eveyone off on that news group aswell?


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Old June 26th 06, 06:32 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Brammel
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"Sarah and Lloyd" wrote in message
...

"John & Lisa" wrote in message
...
Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.

GMails - Our Caravanning bit of the web
www.gmails.co.uk/forums

Absolutely amazing

How come this hasn't been crossposted to uk.rec.******?

Have you ****ed eveyone off on that news group aswell?



Since when has a perfectly on-topic post not been allowed on this group?


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Old June 26th 06, 06:32 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Brammel
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"Sarah and Lloyd" wrote in message
...

"John & Lisa" wrote in message
...
Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.

GMails - Our Caravanning bit of the web
www.gmails.co.uk/forums

Absolutely amazing

How come this hasn't been crossposted to uk.rec.******?

Have you ****ed eveyone off on that news group aswell?



Since when has a perfectly on-topic post not been allowed on this group?


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Old June 26th 06, 06:32 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Brammel
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"Sarah and Lloyd" wrote in message
...

"John & Lisa" wrote in message
...
Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.

GMails - Our Caravanning bit of the web
www.gmails.co.uk/forums

Absolutely amazing

How come this hasn't been crossposted to uk.rec.******?

Have you ****ed eveyone off on that news group aswell?



Since when has a perfectly on-topic post not been allowed on this group?


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Old June 26th 06, 06:50 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dave Dew
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"John & Lisa" wrote in message
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Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.



Go to France. Caravans and campervans are welcome everywhere. In fact
campervans seem to be taking over and places where they can stay overnight
for a couple of Euros are springing up at almost every beach, quayside and
site of interest. I appreciate the reason. They have plenty of room. So
let's make use of it. As long as you go for more than a couple of weeks you
can soon make up the cost of the ferry with the campsite prices. There are
also one or two other attractions; oysters and wine at silly prices. Crabs,
whelks, prawn and langoustines will not break the bank either. But that is
what I like :-)))

Regards.

Dave.





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Old June 26th 06, 06:50 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dave Dew
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Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"John & Lisa" wrote in message
...
Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.



Go to France. Caravans and campervans are welcome everywhere. In fact
campervans seem to be taking over and places where they can stay overnight
for a couple of Euros are springing up at almost every beach, quayside and
site of interest. I appreciate the reason. They have plenty of room. So
let's make use of it. As long as you go for more than a couple of weeks you
can soon make up the cost of the ferry with the campsite prices. There are
also one or two other attractions; oysters and wine at silly prices. Crabs,
whelks, prawn and langoustines will not break the bank either. But that is
what I like :-)))

Regards.

Dave.





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Old June 26th 06, 06:50 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Dave Dew
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Posts: 213
Default Caravans banned from a Hebridean island


"John & Lisa" wrote in message
...
Caravans and campervans have been banned from a Hebridean island after
residents complained that they blotted the landscape and did not
contribute
to the local economy.



Go to France. Caravans and campervans are welcome everywhere. In fact
campervans seem to be taking over and places where they can stay overnight
for a couple of Euros are springing up at almost every beach, quayside and
site of interest. I appreciate the reason. They have plenty of room. So
let's make use of it. As long as you go for more than a couple of weeks you
can soon make up the cost of the ferry with the campsite prices. There are
also one or two other attractions; oysters and wine at silly prices. Crabs,
whelks, prawn and langoustines will not break the bank either. But that is
what I like :-)))

Regards.

Dave.





 



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