A TIVERTON pub licensee is planning to boost his business by opening a caravan and camp site next to his canal side pub.
David Hughes, licensee at The Shady Oak, Bates Mill Lane, has applied to Chester City Council to use adjacent land as a camp site near to The Sandstone Trail.
David said: “We are in a fantastic location next to the canal, and on a great walking route on the Sandstone trail, so it is an ideal place to camp.”
“The pub is in a fantastic location and after recently winning the Trusts Inns Food and Drink Experience of the Year award, we want to encourage more people to come along and see what we have to offer.”
The land has been used as an unofficial campsite for some years, but now David wants to turn it into a proper business.
“We already have toilet and shower facilities on site and we would like to at some point expand and improve those,” he said.
The pub sits next to the Shropshire Union Canal, with breathtaking views of Beeston Castle and the Cheshire countryside.
Tiverton Parish Council have supported the application. Chairman Cllr Roger Cheshire told the meeting he had canvassed opinion from several residents and felt that most villagers were generally supportive.
It was agreed the parish council would confirm support for the application, subject to the internal roadways being of a material and colour sympathetic to the local environment, the creation of a separate toilet facility solely for use by caravan site residents, the current bouncy castle being moved to a different location to reduce noise levels and the stipulation that any lighting is to be at floor level.
David said: “I am very pleased that the parish council have supported my application and I have assured them we have listened to their concerns.”