Recommendations of a government-industry working group
Many people in England and Wales choose to live or holiday at caravan and camping sites in picturesque riverside or sea-view locations. Around 28 percent of caravan and camping sites in England and Wales are at flood risk from rivers and the sea, with over two-thirds of these being at either significant or moderate flood risk.
This report details the work undertaken by a joint industry-government working group to identify solutions to enhance public flood safety at caravan and camping sites without imposing burdens on business or stifling the tourism and leisure industries contribution to economic growth. It also sets out a number of recommendations for actions that the working group believe should be variously taken forward by Government, local emergency planners, and site owners and operators.
CAMPING & CARAVAN FLOOD EMERGENCY CASE STUDIES
Billing Aquadrome near Northampton
Big site with variety of touring and residential pitches. Flooding in 2007 prompted joint approach between Environment Agency Northamptonshire County Council Emergency Planning now has a flood evacuation plan in place.
Yarwell Mill near Peterborough
Situated in a flood risk area, following approach by and advice from the Environment Agency, the site management have erected a notice board with the new flood warning codes on. They also have 2-3 flood wardens on site to ensure site safety.
Riverside Caravan Park Plymouth Devon
In partnership with Plymouth City Council the Environment Agency contacted the site owner and worked with him to produce a flood plan for the site. We also encouraged him to take practical measures such as sign installation.
Par Sands Holiday Park Cornwall
The Environment Agency worked with Par Sands Holiday Park where site was at risk from fluvial and tidal flooding. Worked with the site owner, and the local authority, to produce a flood plan.
Valley Caravan Park Polzeath Cornwall
Flooded May bank holiday 2008. The site owners had a flood evacuation plan but did not make holidaymakers aware of it, as they did not expect to use it outside of the winter months. Since then Environment Agency has worked with site to improve their flood plan and suggested practical measures they can take.
Selsey has a number of caravan and leisure park sites, operated by Bunn Leisure. These, along with this section of the south east coast are prone to flooding. Chichester District Council developed a comprehensive Multi-Agency Flood Plan in 2008, revised in January 2012. This contains a specific Bunn Leisure Sea Flood Crisis Management Plan to cover the caravan and leisure park sites at risk.