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A popular holiday park has banned people from camping in tents amid claims of ongoing anti-social behaviour.

Woodland Waters in Ancaster, which bills itself as ‘Lincolnshire’s top fishing and camping site’ made the shock announcement this week.

Their website states: ‘There is now, from 1st September 2018, an amendment to our policy regarding what units are welcome on our site. Unfortunately, we will no longer be accepting tents or trailer tents onto our caravan site. Wrongly booked in units will not be accommodated and no refunds will be issued. Any bookings which have been made prior to this date will be honoured. We are very sorry for any disappointment that this may cause.’

Nearly 200 people took to social media to express their disappointment and criticise the park for ‘tarring everyone with the same brush.’

Sarah Harlock is a regular visitor at the holiday park.

She said: “We have been going here in our tent as a group for about eight years. It is totally unfair to those that have supported regularly.”

Carla Wiles doesn’t understand why many families will now have to miss out, adding: “Absolutely gutted this is the case. We have camped numerous times this summer. Perhaps you should have a members only for tents. For the problems you have had this year we shouldn’t all have to suffer.”

Jayne Goodwin thinks the decision is unfair for those who can’t afford a caravan.

She said: “No tents! That’s unfair. Some people don’t have the space or money for caravans. Not so family friendly now.”

Gemma Charlesworth has been a regular visitor since she got married at the park.

She said: “I still can’t believe they have done this. It’s one of my favourite places and now we can’t bring the kids camping here.”

Another is not happy that the new rules only apply to people with tents, adding: “Such a shame. I suppose people with vans and caravans don’t make any noise.”

After being contacted by the Journal, manager Stuart Nunn said: “Our holiday park and fishing lakes are a growing business. As part of this growth, we have had to make conscious, calculated and at times, difficult decisions.

The decision to no longer accept tents is based on our future plans for the site.”

Woodland Waters will no longer be accepting tents. (4737153)
Woodland Waters will no longer be accepting tents. (4737153)

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