Pontins closes two holiday parks ‘with immediate effect’

Holiday park operator Pontins has shut two sites – one in north Wales and one in Essex – “with immediate effect”.

The Britannia Hotels-owned company says on its website: “We regret to inform you that our parks in Prestatyn and Camber Sands will be closing with immediate effect.

“Customers whose bookings will be affected by these closures will be contacted by our team and refunded. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

James Davies, MP for Vale of Clywd – whose constituency includes Prestatyn – said on X, formerly Twitter, that the announcement of the closure of Pontins Prestatyn Sands is “unexpected”.

“I am requesting further information from the owners, Britannia Hotels,” he said.

“The site has had a bad reputation for some time and I hope this news brings the potential for welcome change to benefit the town.”

Gareth Davies, Senedd member for Vale of Clwyd, also tweeted: “Sad and sudden news of the closure of Pontins in Prestatyn this afternoon but unsurprising in many ways as they’ve underinvested for years.

“My thoughts are with the staff, their families and all involved with Pontins Prestatyn at this difficult time.”

The operator’s Brean Sands Holiday Park site in Somerset is closed for three years as it has undergone a £2 million refurbishment by EDF Energy, which will use the site to house staff working at Hinkley Point C power plant.

The remaining holiday parks are at Pakefield, Suffolk; Sandy Bay, Somerset; and Southport.

Britannia Hotels bought Pontins in 2011, two months after the holiday camp business had gone into administration.

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