They are on their way……….. or will be on Monday if the local social media feed is right.
It would appear that caravan sites are opening as from Monday and interest in our town and the surrounding areas has been immense. This explains why the shelves were being depleted of basic stuffs as the site shops stock up in readiness. Great……..not. There will be fraying tempers and frustrated motorists as the main High Street is being dug up and there are three ways traffic lights in operation. As for us, we will be keeping a low profile.
My home town of Poole is a holiday resort. You have Sunseeker yachts on the quay and the harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe (though technically in the world since Sydney added a man made bit).
There are added attractions in the islands in the harbour, Compton Acres, parks and beaches, plus a large shopping centre. Bournemouth is about 6 miles away, and the beaches there hit the news big time last year as crowds gathered despite Covid restrictions and social distancing. I believe it has been voted one of the best beaches in the country for tourism.
However, we lived on the outskirts of the town so knew the pitfalls of the Summer season and holiday traffic. Working for the bank meant I had no problem with parking at the weekend because I could use the company car park using my ID card for access (it was allowed), but we avoided Bournemouth at all costs because it just drained our energy and took weeks to recover. A popular place for retirement, I saw it as the pensioners draining youth like vampires.
It’s different here as we are in the thick of it, our estate being just a mile from the centre. There are only two ways in, and both can be congested when ‘visitors’ park irresponsibly on both sides of the road, and our own road is used as an overflow car park for the beach.
The irony is there is nothing actually here apart from a decent beach and boating lake, though there are amusement and entertainment arcades, novelty golf and a smattering of cafes.
It’s a double edged sword though for business. The town relies on tourism and we appreciate that. I just wish that there was an amount of respect for residents to go with it.