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Title: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Gerry1964 on June 26, 2020, 08:02:02 am
Health Secretary Matt Hancock threatens to CLOSE beaches and re-lockdown local areas after 'major incident' is declared in Bournemouth

Britain's beaches could be closed to prevent the resurgence of coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned as the heatwave triggered a frenzied rush to the seaside which led to 'irresponsible and selfish' scenes.

In Bournemouth, a major incident was declared after 500,000 visitors overwhelmed Dorset, with the authorities forced into an 'emergency response' after they clogged up roads and dumped tons of litter on beaches.

Coastal beauty spots around the country saw drunken fights amid blatant flouting of social distancing rules by crowds of young revellers despite the country still being in lockdown to fight the spread of Covid-19.

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It came ahead of a crucial week for the Government, which has announced lockdown measures will be eased significantly on July 4 to boost the struggling economy. Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that ministers would 'trust in the common sense ' of the British public when rules are eased.

Families visiting some beaches did attempt to follow social distancing rules – but that proved impossible in Bournemouth, where the area was overrun for the second day running.

Car parks were full by 9am and hundreds parked illegally on pavements and double yellow lines. Traffic wardens issued a record 558 parking fines.

An astonishing 33 tons of litter, including human waste, was removed from the stretch of Dorset coast yesterday. Some illegally camped on the beach, including at upmarket Sandbanks, and used it as a toilet.

Detectives revealed the chaos caused by a 'significant volume of people heading to one area', where some people were so eager to get a good spot that they camped overnight on the beach. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council said services were 'completely overstretched' as huge crowds of visitors defied advice to stay away.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour included drunken fights and staff manning road barriers to turn motorists away from full car parks further along the coast at Lulworth Cove were sworn and spat at.

By yesterday afternoon the situation was so serious that council leader Vikki Slade declared a 'major incident'.

She said she was 'absolutely appalled' at the beach scenes, adding: 'The irresponsible behaviour and actions of so many people is just shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute hilt trying to keep everyone safe.'

Tobias Ellwood, the Tory MP for Bournemouth East, was told by police there were 500,000 visitors in Dorset yesterday. He said: 'These are selfish people who are threatening to prolong the pandemic and also litter our beautiful beaches.'

The beach was also busy along the coast at Brighton, where hundreds of youths gathered on an area of green yesterday evening, chanting at police attempting to move them on. Other seaside flashpoints included police being called to a 'large group of people fighting' at the beach in Exmouth, Devon, the same evening.

In Plymouth, police were out in force around the waterfront after heatwave-related 'unacceptable behaviour' by large groups of people.

And in Southend-on-Sea in Essex a seafront brawl and other incidents of violence prompted deputy council leader Ron Woodley to call for the Army to reinforce police to regain control of the streets.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 26, 2020, 09:12:24 am
Let's hope not.

All thanks to the inconsiderate people who seem to think this pandemic is over.

I can see another lockdown coming.  :'(  and another 3 months of isolation.

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Gerry1964 on June 26, 2020, 09:14:02 am
With just one more week left before we can go back to our caravans it would be nice if the beaches could remain open   ;D

Lets hope with this wet weather this might all calm down as a one off.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 26, 2020, 09:23:07 am
Yes hopefully. Can't wait.  ;D

The days seem to be going really slowley at the moment.  Everything packed and nowhere to go.  ;D

I think i will be leaving very early morning on the 4th if the site allows access. To hopefully miss all the traffic. As i think its going to be very busy on the roads.

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on June 26, 2020, 11:32:28 am
Same as you Ian. I'm already compiling my list so that I don't forget anything. Going to actually pack our bags this weekend.

Our place is in CornwallWiki so I have 2 choices, A303 or M4-M5.

We will be leaving early doors on the 4th to miss the traffic but I have to decide on the route. I'd normally do A303 but if it's busy it just can't handle the volume or cars and don't talk to me about all the nose turners who slow down for a gawp at StonehengeWiki  >:(

M4-M5 is ok but a little further and nowhere near as picturesque but the motorway can handle a bigger volume of traffic as long as there isn't an incident and then it's a car park  ???

There is no point looking at traffic maps either as when you leave it will be clear and you won't find out it's a mess until you are in the thick of it 2 hours down the road. I'll chat about it with the misses and see how we feel.

As for the beaches, I'm hoping it's like opening the flood gates and that that was the mad rush as the doors are opened and it will calm down by next week. But no one should be spat at. It does kind of highlight the level of intelligence some of these people are
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 26, 2020, 11:46:09 am
Sounds like a good idea.

Ahhh yes i know that road near Stonehenge. Was stuck in traffic for nearly 2 hours  when driving to Devon. Thought i would avoid the M4 as like you thought it would be a prettier route. Not sure it was a good idea.  :'(

My site is about 1 hour 30 mins away during the day but If i leave early i can do it in just over an hour.

How long is your journey?
Where do you have to drive from?


Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Gerry1964 on June 26, 2020, 11:56:13 am
How long is your journey?
Where do you have to drive from?

Ian

My Site is in St OsythWiki Beach, Near Clacton on SeaWiki,  so from ColchesterWiki its about half hour drive, I'm going early on Saturday Morning, Will get car loaded up Friday night  ;)
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 26, 2020, 12:10:41 pm
You are lucky Gerry

Not very far. Hopefully the roads should be fairly quite for you as you will be using the B1027 and not the A133.

Yes think i will pack the car on Friday night too.

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Roxysdad on June 26, 2020, 01:44:53 pm
You lot are making me really jealous talking of going to your vans ☹️and here’s poor me having to wait for Wales to make their mind up.

John.😁
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on June 26, 2020, 01:58:58 pm
How long is your journey?
Where do you have to drive from?
So our journey on average is about 5 hours but we usually stop once for pee and once to charge (have an electric car) and a bite to eat. So 5 and a half hours in total. If the roads are an issue can be up to 12!  :-[

We travel from Beckenham in the Bromley area that is in Kent/South East London. So either M25-M3-A303-A30 or M4-M5-A30

Definitely packing the night before. Want to be on the road by 8am. Takes at least 30 mins to get wife and little one in the car. Need to do everything I can to get on the road as quick as possible.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on June 26, 2020, 02:01:46 pm
My Site is in St OsythWiki Beach, Near Clacton on SeaWiki,  so from ColchesterWiki its about half hour drive, I'm going early on Saturday Morning, Will get car loaded up Friday night  ;)
I think that may have driven me nuts over the last couple of months  :'(

It being so close but you can't visit. I would of done lots of drive byes. At least with mine so far away it's kind of out of sight out of mind.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 26, 2020, 02:32:43 pm
Hopefully you will soon be visiting yours too John. Maybe earlier than 13th July.

Look what happened in Scotland. They were suppose to open on 15th July.

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 26, 2020, 02:49:47 pm
So our journey on average is about 5 hours but we usually stop once for pee and once to charge (have an electric car) and a bite to eat. So 5 and a half hours in total. If the roads are an issue can be up to 12!  :-[

Wow that's quite a long drive. But worth it for such a lovely part of the country.

Hopefully it won't be a 12 hour drive  ???

By the way. How do you get the quotes in a white box?  ??? Ive been trying to figure it out  ;D

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on June 26, 2020, 03:15:11 pm
By the way. How do you get the quotes in a white box?  ??? Ive been trying to figure it out  ;D

Quite simple. You can hit the quote button, top right of a post you are looking at. You'll then get the reply box with the message quoted in between [ quote ] [ / quote]

You can add an = after the first quote and then type in the name of the user. There is also a quote button above the smilies in the reply box. Looks like a speech bubble with lines in it. That's how I copy and post quotes from off of the forum like Park Dean emails.

All you need to know start with [ quote ] before your text and end with [ / quote ] after the text. (you need to remove the spaces. I had to put them in otherwise you wouldn't see them)

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on June 26, 2020, 03:18:40 pm
So our journey on average is about 5 hours but we usually stop once for pee and once to charge (have an electric car) and a bite to eat. So 5 and a half hours in total. If the roads are an issue can be up to 12!  :-[

Wow that's quite a long drive. But worth it for such a lovely part of the country.

I actually don't mind the drive. Normally we do it late so the little one sleeps through it and I really like driving our car. It's over before you know it. Podcast in the background. Nice bit of peace and quiet. Ha ha  :)
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 26, 2020, 03:24:18 pm

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Quite simple. You can hit the quote button, top right of a post you are looking at. You'll then get the reply box with the message quoted in between

All you need to know start with [ quote ] before your text and end with [ / quote ] after the text. (you need to remove the spaces. I had to put them in otherwise you wouldn't see them)

Hope that helps.

Ok thank you. Well here goes.  ;D It works  ;D

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 29, 2020, 02:07:20 pm
Well. Just had an email from my Park.

Looks like lots of restrictions. Which is understandable. No swimming pool yet but once they get go ahead it has to be booked for a 45 minute session with only 10 people at a time. No toilet or shower facilities will be open and no sun bathing.
No friends to visit. Only close family and no gatherings.
Children have to be supervised by their parents at all times and we are advised to use hand sanitiser everywhere.

Can also arrive early on the 4th. Which is great as some Parks are stipulating 9 or 10am opening.

Getting excited now  ;D

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on June 29, 2020, 02:24:32 pm
That is great news.

I'm counting the sleeps. 5!

Our site has a 12 p.m. opening time on the 4th and if we get out on time at 8 a.m. (easier said than done with wife, 3y/o and mum all having to get in the car) we'll get there for about 1.30ish

So excited. Already cooked and frozen the meals for the week.

Bet everyone is on the edge of their seats.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 29, 2020, 02:37:13 pm
Yes i can imagine with a 3 year old. But i'm sure everything will go ok.

Well you are very organised with the frozen food. Was going food shopping on Friday.

But not sure how much chilled and frozen stuff i can get in the cooler box.  Might have to go to the local Morrisons once we arrive.

If we get to the site by 7am. Unload then get to the supermarket by 8am. Hopefully it won't be too busy at that time.

Ian

Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Gerry1964 on June 29, 2020, 03:09:23 pm

But not sure how much chilled and frozen stuff i can get in the cooler box.  Might have to go to the local Morrisons once we arrive.


Can you not get a store delivery to your site ?? That way you can order chilled and frozen with no probs ??
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on June 29, 2020, 03:54:43 pm
Yes i can imagine with a 3 year old. But i'm sure everything will go ok.
It's more my mother I worried about, lol  :P

But not sure how much chilled and frozen stuff i can get in the cooler box.
The key is to cook it and then bag it in zip seal bags and then freeze it flat. The it really doesn't take up much room. When you buy stuff it's mostly the packaging that takes up all the room. This way get's around that.

We want to enjoy our holiday as much as possible so try to avoid the chore of cooking. This way, re-heat with rice or pasta and job done. Even the rice goes in the microwave.

Can you not get a store delivery to your site ?? That way you can order chilled and frozen with no probs ??
So as it happens we are back down for our 2 week break at the end of July start of August. We don't want to have to cart down 2 weeks worth of food so we are planning on doing just that. Only issue is getting a slot at the moment. Can't get one here for love nor money unless you are really lucky. Will do some investigating when we are down there next week.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 29, 2020, 04:30:16 pm
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Can you not get a store delivery to your site ?? That way you can order chilled and frozen with no probs ??


I am not sure the site allows deliveries i will have to ask.  Good idea though. Depending if we can get a delivery slot.

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 29, 2020, 04:35:17 pm
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It's more my mother I worried about, lol  :P
;D
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Roxysdad on June 29, 2020, 07:47:16 pm
I’ve been in touch with our site today and as things are they will open on the 13th July if things don’t deteriorate, as there is a major outbreak of CV on Anglesey which is only40 miles away from our site.
So glass half full we’ll be going to our van on the 13th.

John.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Gerry1964 on June 29, 2020, 07:48:21 pm
I’ve been in touch with our site today and as things are they will open on the 13th July if things don’t deteriorate, as there is a major outbreak of CV on Anglesey which is only40 miles away from our site.
So glass half full we’ll be going to our van on the 13th.

John.

Keeping fingers crossed for you John  ;)
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 29, 2020, 09:25:38 pm
That sounds positve John

I am glad you hopefully have a probable date from your Park now and have something to look forward to.

Ian
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on June 29, 2020, 10:15:40 pm
Really hope that happens for you John. Everything crossed mate.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 30, 2020, 10:50:19 am
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Can you not get a store delivery to your site ?? That way you can order chilled and frozen with no probs ??

Gerry thank you.  My site says they can accept grocery deliveries.

The only problem is the next available delivery slot is 17th July  ;D So looks like a trip to the local supermarket.

Ian

Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Scorpio on June 30, 2020, 04:10:34 pm
Hi Ian, have you tried Icelend for delivery slots?  In our area, we can get slots at any time the next day, or the following day.  They only book up to 2 days in advance.
Anyway, good luck with your trip.
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Ian157 on June 30, 2020, 04:33:24 pm
No i must admit i didn't. Only tried the main supermarkets.

I have managed to book a click and collect though from 8am on the 4th  from the local  Morrisons.  :)

Perhaps next time we will use Iceland as we will be onsite for a while.

Thank you for the information and good luck with your trip too.

Ian

Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Gerry1964 on June 30, 2020, 05:37:39 pm
So our journey on average is about 5 hours but we usually stop once for pee and once to charge (have an electric car) and a bite to eat. So 5 and a half hours in total. If the roads are an issue can be up to 12!  :-[

Wow that's quite a long drive. But worth it for such a lovely part of the country.

I actually don't mind the drive. Normally we do it late so the little one sleeps through it and I really like driving our car. It's over before you know it. Podcast in the background. Nice bit of peace and quiet. Ha ha  :)

I'm only half hour away, this has been so hard for me not being able to go there when its only down the road  ???
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Sparkalicious on July 03, 2020, 08:53:56 pm
Right so car is packed. Now just need to go to sleep. Is it too early at 8pm?

7.45am leave tomorrow, pick up my mother, and then straight to The Duchy!

So excited!
Title: Re: Next week we'll be in our caravans with No Beaches
Post by: Roxysdad on July 03, 2020, 11:12:30 pm
Right so car is packed. Now just need to go to sleep. Is it too early at 8pm?

7.45am leave tomorrow, pick up my mother, and then straight to The Duchy!

So excited!
I hope you have a great time and no problems with your van, when we finally get the go ahead to ours I’ve got to replace the diaphragm in our Morco combi boiler as the hot water was playing up when we were last there, I got the replacement parts off eBay.

John.