MP meets Hornsea family making waves in local tourism
MP GRAHAM STUART swapped Parliament for a Hornsea holiday park this April to help celebrate English Tourism Week in his constituency
Mr Stuart was at Longbeach Leisure Park during the annual event to highlight England’s tourism sector, and the huge annual contribution it makes to the UK economy.
The Beverley and Holderness MP met with directors Martin Varley who founded the cliff-top seaside park almost thirty years ago, and his daughter Laura Firth.
Today, still under the same family’s ownership, it provides 450-plus privately-owned holiday caravans and lodges which enjoy sweeping coastal and countryside views.
Mr Stuart heard how substantial investment by the family over the years has helped to maintain Longbeach as one of East Yorkshire’s most popular park destinations.
Last year saw a major refurbishment of its entertainments and restaurant complex which hosts live acts and other events including social get-togethers for holiday home owners.
Mr Stuart said that Longbeach was a fantastic example of how tourism providers in his constituency were successfully meeting the high quality standards which visitors today expect:
“English Tourism Week celebrates the charm of holidaying in England, and is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the contribution of tourism to my constituency,” he said.
“Longbeach Leisure Park epitomises the great British holiday experience on the stunning East Yorkshire coast which is renowned for its tranquil surroundings and excellent facilities.
“The family has invested heavily in its business, resulting in a well-loved and popular holiday complex which provides local employment and attracts visitors from across the UK.
“Beverley and Holderness is an area of exquisite countryside, and I am pleased to be championing the future of tourism in my constituency by celebrating English Tourism Week at Longbeach Leisure Park,” said Mr Stuart.
Laura Firth told the MP that park customers were important contributors to the local economy through their spending of over £3.4 million annually in the area.
She said that recent research had showed England’s holiday parks sector to be generating over £6.8 billion of revenue each year, and helping to sustain over 126,000 full-time jobs.
However, said Mrs Firth, Longbeach also had to face challenges posed by the natural environment, not least the coastal erosion suffered on its southern aspect.
She said that the coast on this side of the park was once protected by groynes, but that these were removed by the local council after being damaged by storms in the 1960s.
Although 20 holiday homes have had to be re-located due to erosion this year alone, Mrs Firth told the MP that the park was continually monitoring the situation and taking any necessary action.
She said that a Yorkshire Water underground transfer pipeline transporting Hornsea’s crude sewage underneath the park is also at risk from coastal erosion, as is a nearby housing development.
Mrs Firth expressed the hope that current negotiations with the East Riding Council would eventually result in a more permanent solution being found to the problem.
She added that Graham Stuart clearly understood the importance of the region’s visitor industry, and the beneficial effect which it has on the local economy and employment.
There is more information about the park on its website at www.longbeach-leisure.co.uk