Van-tastic boost to tourism in the Isle

Neil Grantham of Lindholme Lakes. (Buy this photo E0881TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
Neil Grantham of Lindholme Lakes. (Buy this photo E0881TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

A major tourism boost is set for the Isle with plans for new holiday lodges and a caravan park extension.

Lindholme Lakes Country Park, near Sandtoft, could double the size of its touring van area if £50,000 proposals by owner Neil Grantham get the go ahead.

At The Lincolnshire Golf Course in Belton there are plans for a 24 lodge development to provide accommodation for guests, by owner Jonathan Lamb.

And it is hoped that these in turn will have a beneficial knock-on effect to the Isle’s economy.

Mr Grantham has already invested over £1.5 million since he took over the site in 2001, and now hopes to plough in a further £50,000.

He told the Bells/Advertiser: “I have permission for 40 tourers, eight of the new lodges and another provisional 58. We are going to try and make it into North Lincolnshire’s biggest tourist attraction, the council have told me that we’re not far off that already.”

He added: “Because we are growing we’re contributing to the economy round here. We’re having an impact on the whole area.”

He said local takeaways were supporting the Lakes by delivering food to fishermen, and the nearby Reindeer Inn has started a mini bus service picking and dropping off people who might wish to eat out.

“The touring caravan site is doing really well, we were nearly fully booked last year and we have had a lot of contractors who have been working on the nearby wind farms and Hatfield landslide for the past nine months.

“Everything is looking very rosy.”

Currently Lindholme Lakes has ten staff in total, full time and casual, and it is hoped to increase this with the further development of the cafe, bar and caravan site.

“When I first came here it was a little fishing site in 2001 with 30 pegs,” explained Neil, “and now it is the biggest fishery in the country with 530 fishing pegs.

Plans at The Lincolnshire Golf Course were welcomed at last week’s Belton Parish Council meeting.

Clerk Ray Matthews said: “The parish council had no objections to the plans, they think it’s a good idea and were pleased the lodges would not be visible from the road.

“Councillors thought it could boost tourism and improve the area’s economy.”

He added that the lodges were expected to be built in two phases - ten in the first phase and 14 in the second - to be completed some time next year subject to the necessary planning permission.

Council chairman, Mr Ezra Pryce added: “The whole council though it was a good idea, if it brings extra people to the area, which doesn’t necessarily mean just golfers.

“Anybody can rent these places, they can also rent them if they are attending a function at the golf course.

“We can’t see anything but good would come from it.”

The lodges would be based at the golf course, which was first opened in 1994 between Belton and Crowle.