Trecco Bay caravan park asks 4,000 people to leave suddenly due to local lockdown

Wales’ largest caravan park is to close with immediate effect as local lockdown is enforced in parts of Wales.

The owners of Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl said the site will go into “hibernation” at 6pm on Tuesday, September 22, as local lockdowns come into force in Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport.

Trecco Bay is Europe’s largest holiday park and falls within the Bridgend council area, forcing bosses to close the park with immediate effect.

Bridgend was one of four areas of Wales that were ordered to go into local lockdown at 6pm on Tuesday, along with Merthyr, Newport and Blaenau Gwent. Caerphilly and RCT were already in local lockdown. The rules mean that people can only enter or leave the area with a reasonable excuse.

The new local lockdown rules

Parkdean Resorts, the company which runs the site, said all holidaymakers and holiday home owners currently on the site have been asked to leave the park “as soon as possible”.

Holidaymakers currently on the site will be offered a full refund, a credit note for 120% of their holiday price or the option to re-book a break at another park, the company said.

Guests due to travel to the park within the next two weeks have also been contacted and offered a refund.

Steve Richards, CEO of Parkdean Resorts, which owns Trecco Bay, said: “This closure will affect many businesses and jobs in Porthcawl who rely on the regular influx of tourists to the area and, of course it will mean many hard working Welsh people who account for over 90% of our guests, will now not be able to enjoy a well-earned break.”

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