Confusion over plans to close Aberfeldy Caravan Park

Aberfeldy's stunning location makes it popular with caravanners
Aberfeldy's stunning location makes it popular with caravanners

Thursday, 22, Nov 2012 12:11

by Jack Beresford

The future of the Aberfeldy Caravan Park in Scotland continues to hang in the balance as councillors moved to request the disposal plans were deferred.

This move comes after it was revealed that the figures used to justify the decision were significantly wide-of-the-mark when it came to reporting accurate profit-and-loss data.

Back in November, the environment committee of Perth and Kincross Council cited losses of £5,400 per year as the chief reason behind a decision to offload the facility to another operator.

However, as the Perthshire Advertiser reports, Aberfedly Community Council along with ward councillors Ian Campbell and Kate Howie have moved to oppose the move.

They claim that the figures originally quoted are wholly inaccurate, with the caravan park generating average yearly profits of £5,412 over the past five years.

Despite these claims, the council has stood by its initial numbers, arguing that the new figures fail to take in additional administrative costs totalling as much as £60,000.

"The report did state that support costs and management costs had been excluded from the calculations. When these costs are included, the figures show a substantial deficit," they told the news provider.

Mr Campbell has now requested to review the original figures, with question marks continuing to surround the facility.

Caravan parks have proven the bane of the government in recent weeks, with one owner hit with a significant fine last week after the Environment Agency discovered he had failed to effectively manage the sewage output from his facility.

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