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Old 17-08-2011, 16:00
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Would any of our site owners like to add any comments to this thread please? It must be difficult from your point of view, and extremely costly ... Are there government grants for example to assist you as a provider?
I think there's only a couple of us on here so we might not have much to add.

At Tree Tops we don't have clubs, swimming pools and we're owners only. This limits our problems to a degree.

We're on a hilly site which does makes things interesting. Where possible we do everything we can to allow access, but in places the park was developed 51 years ago. A time before such considerations were made.

That said we've made as many alterations as we can and we do have people where with mobility issues. There's a couple of electric scooters which whizz around the place, generally breaking the 5mph speed limit .

Our friendly decking company AB Sundecks (to avoid being flamed, other decking companies are availble), can put access ramps onto caravans, where needed.

It's sort of covered in our access statement, although I think this need updating slightly: http://www.treetopscaravanpark.co.uk...cess_statement

As I would hope you can tell from my posts, we a friendly, family business. We do what we can to help our customers regardless of their needs. We're small enought that we know most of our customers and it would be really hard for us to ignore any requirements they might have.

There you go Angela, I've failed to add anything to your thread!! ;-)

As a park owner this is an interesting thread. I've been coming to this park all my life and sometime you become blind to what needs doing. Specific and generic feedback on parks is always interesting and sometimes a bit of an eye opener.

I might be interesting to have another thread giving ideas for the perfect or atleast an improved park. No names would have to be given. It's often little things like the bins which annoy people. Sorry again Angela, I'm not trying to hijack your thread

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Old 17-08-2011, 20:28
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The site we use is fine regarding the access paths & roads which we push the wheelchair on. We didn't choose one park for buying on because it had very bumpy rough gravel paths and another was far too steep. One thing which disturbs my daughter, not necesarily on caravan parks, there are no bucket swings for disabled children and he has to sit and watch other children having fun on childrens play parks. A small thing like that can make a difference.
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Old 19-08-2011, 09:09
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Thank you Treetops for your comments, it must be difficult as you say, when you are positioned on such an incline... Sounds to me like you are 'on the ball' though, and are aware of the need to make changes
Clarissa, you're right, there are very few 'bucket seats', infact, I think I have only seen one on my travels, in a park in walsall west midlands... having said that, I don't often go to parks these days lol.
As for pathways, It must be difficult in poorly maintains grounds, it's not always possible to keep to the tarmac, weaving between caravans to get to your own caravan is unavoidable on some sites!

How about the larger parks?
How far have things progressed to give access to all areas - especially if you have a swimming pool onsite?...
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Hi again, can anyone on the larger sites fill us in on their facilities? Especially if they have a swimming pool? It may be one you have visited?
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Well, I'm a bit disappointed at the lack of replies
Has no ~ one got anything to tell me about the larger parks facilities?

(I need a 'sad' smilie cos i've had to make my own...)
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Well, I'm a bit disappointed at the lack of replies
Has no ~ one got anything to tell me about the larger parks facilities?

(I need a 'sad' smilie cos i've had to make my own...)
Angela......could it be there are no people from the big parks on here.

I'm sure there were people posting from Haven,and Park Resorts etc. maybe they have left.......
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Angela......could it be there are no people from the big parks on here.

I'm sure there were people posting from Haven,and Park Resorts etc. maybe they have left.......
I'm positive we have members on here who have either spent time on, or own a caravan on one of the larger sites.

I keep trying to emphasise this is not meant to come across as a 'naming and shaming' exercise, but a sharing of experiences or observations that may be of interest to others, and may even help improve facilities on parks if park owners (not just GS members but 'others lurking in the shadows') can read what owners/hirer's needs are...

Come on guys, what have you seen around the uk?
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Some sites are good some aint!...TBH our site is going through a complete re-vamp ...the new leisure facilities are all going to be disabled friendly...The old club house was built years ago probably pre-wheel chair days!!....having said that it hasn't stopped them putting them nasty little speed humps every twenty yards!grr

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Hmmmmm stu, that's interesting, so, it seems alot of sites are making alot of major changes ~ including my own... Even more important reading then! Whilst there's changes going on maybe........
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When the disability access act first came about, certain exemptions were made if costs and alterations were too excessive and in appropriate ( this only applied to private land and property of which caravan sites mainly are, unlike public buildings and shops ) . However a lot of those exemptions are slowly coming to an end, and as such when major building works or new developments come about then they have to comply with the act.
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