It’s a snip! Kent park’s MP cuts tape on new clubhouse
GLASSES were raised this spring at one of Kent’s most popular holiday parks, Golden Leas in Sheerness, as the ribbon was cut on its new feature-packed clubhouse.
Declaring the facility officially open was local MP Gordon Henderson who was joined at the celebrations in March by park staff plus holiday home owners and other VIP guests.
The clubhouse is part of a recent £500,000 investment project at Golden Leas by Lovat Parks which acquired the business almost a year ago from its longstanding family owners.
During his visit, Mr Henderson, who is MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, toured the park’s 22-acre grounds in the company of its general manager Jo Treadgold.
She told the MP that the park was responsible for more than £2.5 million of visitor spending each year in the region which benefits many other local businesses and the jobs they provide.
Golden Leas has 350 privately-owned caravan holiday homes and lodges, and the new clubhouse will provide the focus for a raft of social activities and entertainment.
It also includes a bar and cafe, a children’s club, and a shop which will focus on locally sourced food and drinks including many specialities produced in Kent.
Sustainability, said Jo, was an important part of the park’s business philosophy, and the clubhouse has solar panels on its roof to generate heat for the building.
She said that Golden Leas also has plans to convert the heating of its 20-metre outdoor swimming pool to use green energy and reduce even further its carbon footprint.
There are plans as well to make the park even more welcoming to wildlife with the creation of new habitat areas, and the planting of nectar-rich flowers for foraging by honey bees and butterflies.
Close to many popular sandy beaches and the resort of Sheerness, Golden Leas has two sister holiday parks in the area, and a third park for residential occupation.
Jo said that the park’s management was delighted that Gordon Henderson MP was able to take time out to visit the park and to launch its new clubhouse:
“We also owe a big thank-you to our dedicated staff team and to our local contractors for all their hard work to ensure we were up and running for the 2019 season,” she said.
“As well as completing the clubhouse, we have been busy with many other projects including improvement to our swimming pool and roads, and installing new security systems.
“It’s great to be welcoming our holiday home owners back again, and to be providing them with additional facilities of which we all feel very proud,” added Jo.
Following the official opening, guests and holiday home owners enjoyed an evening of celebrations and entertainment with tastings from the new 2019 menu.
There is more information about the park, including details of holiday homes currently available to buy from around £15,000, on its website at www.goldenleas.co.uk