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Future of Aberdeenshire caravan park under debate

Posted by Greg Throughton

Owners of Whale caravan taps have been warned that a favourite motor-home destination in Scotland may be sold off.

The Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park, in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, is owned by the council but local budget cuts mean the local authority is seeking to get rid of it.

According to the Mearns Leader, if no community body comes forward to take over the running of the site, the caravan park may have to be leased or sold to a commercial operator.

"Given the importance of the caravan parks to local communities, it has been assumed that the most advantageous arrangement is for some sort of community enterprise or trust to operate the caravan parks, rather than a 'for profit' organisation," said Iain Gabriel, director of Infrastructure Services at Aberdeenshire Council.

Meanwhile, following the success of his two caravan parks in the Lake District, Graham Hodgson from East Lothian is seeking to expand his enterprise into southern Scotland, the Herald reported.