Pontine Patrons BAN children of one of their popular seaside resorts

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Patrons of the Pontins holiday park company sparked a backlash after banning children from one of their popular resorts.

The company announced that it is no longer taking bookings from families for its Lowestoft, Suffolk resort and now only offers adult-only stays.

Work has already started to remove the children’s play areas from Pontins Pakefield station, which was first purchased by the company in 1958.

But the move left parents and young families furious, prompting an angry couple to start a petition in an attempt to get Pontins to rethink the move.

Work has already started to remove the children’s play areas from the Pontins Pakefield complex (pictured) which was first purchased by the company in 1958.

Paul Daley, 50 (pictured with wife Mary) from Ipswich said on the petition people were

Paul Daley, 50 (pictured with wife Mary) from Ipswich said on the petition people were “very upset” and said some families would feel evicted

Paul Daley, 50, of Ipswich said on the petition people were “very upset” and said some families would feel evicted.

His wife Mary, 48, said they had been on vacation for almost 12 years when their daughter was only six months old.

Mary said: “Our daughter is now 12, but we started going when she was about six months old. It’s a place we’ve been to for many years, sometimes twice a year.

“It’s reasonably priced, there was great entertainment and great facilities for the kids. It was just a very nice place to go on vacation.

“They had caberet shows late at night, but it was mostly for the kids. There were two outdoor play areas, indoor play area, arts and crafts section, karting, lots of stuff.

Patrons of the Pontins holiday park company sparked a backlash after banning children at one of their popular resorts

Patrons of the Pontins holiday park company sparked a backlash after banning children at one of their popular resorts

“They do the adult breaks throughout the year, so they’ll have weekends in their sixties and things like that, so I don’t see why they’ve banned kids.

“It doesn’t matter that much to us now that our daughter is older, but the young families who vacation there a lot have now been told that they can’t go anymore, it’s a shame.

“It’s just down the street so it was a very popular place for families. It was always full of kids every time we went.

Ms Daley also claimed Pontins told her they were looking for “better customers”.

The petition has so far almost reached 100 signatures after being put in place two weeks ago.

Fred Pontin started Pontins in 1946, offering half-board and self-catering vacations with entertainment at seaside resorts across the country.

Fred Pontin started Pontins in 1946, offering half-board and self-catering vacations with entertainment at seaside resorts across the country.

It reads: “Pontins Pakefield has stopped family vacations from 2020. They are now only available to adults.

“Families who have been coming for many years, even decades, cannot leave.

“People are very unhappy. This will destroy Pontins’ reputation as a family vacation company.

“Please sign and let us ask Pontines to reconsider.”

Pontins’ website reads: “We have improved our gardens and are in the process of improving the play areas to create a more adult-oriented park.

“We’re all excited for the year ahead as we move to an adults-only park.”

The holiday park is located in the seaside town of Pakefield which sits on the North Sea and is a tourist destination.

Peter Byatt East Suffolk, councilor for Kirkley and Pakefield, said the council was trying to encourage families in the town to enjoy “traditional seaside holidays”.

Mr Byatt said: “It’s their business to manage, but there was an opportunity to bring families here to enjoy a traditional seaside.

“My concern is that we’re trying to show people what Lowestoft is like for people who don’t realize we’re here.

“We are pushing for local fun, we have a nice beach here and a pier that we don’t have at the moment.

“It’s a shame because we should be encouraging children and families to come here and enjoy the old-fashioned seaside vacation.

“It can be beneficial for the community, it can stimulate bars, restaurants and cafes. Ultimately, we want all local businesses to be doing well.

Fred Pontin started Pontins in 1946, offering half-board and self-catering vacations with entertainment at seaside resorts across the country.

It has been known to welcome families and children for years. The company has six locations across the UK.

Sandy Bay Holiday Village in Kewstoke, Somerset, is also an adults-only site.

Pontins Pakefield has been approached for comment.

Pontins is currently offering four nights for a family of four in March for as little as £ 69.


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