Impact On Tourism: Tranquil Rural ‘Getaway’ – Now Under Threat

December 30, 2023

A major consequence of this proposed industrial solar site is the negative impact it will have on tourism and hospitality. There is no doubt it will have a detrimental impact on the economy in particular on Sandwich and surrounding villages, an area which attracts thousands of visitors year-round. The local holiday lets sector will be severely impacted, affecting the livelihood of scores of people and businesses, with no upside or prospect of compensation. One local couple impacted are Annie and Paul Elias:


“Our popular glamping enterprise in Cooper Street is now under threat from an industrialised solar development. In 2018 we set up a small (but perfectly formed) glamping experience in this precious corner of the countryside. There is a Horsebox Hideaway and a Beautiful Bell Tent, offering a bespoke and private getaway for individuals, couples and families wanting to find peace in nature.

Our glamping has offered a haven of happiness to visitors to this part of East Kent. Our guests have appreciated walks around the lanes of Cooper Street to Richborough and they have been able to walk on some fields in the Ash Levels which are under our family ownership. We have hosted bird lovers and ornithologists, families with young children, urban dwellers and European friends. Without exception, they tell us that they leave refreshed and happy.

Our glamping experience allows guests to look directly out over the picturesque Ash Levels and to be immersed in nature. In the words of one guest: “completely unspoilt views of countryside”. The proposed solar industrialisation of this land would destroy this.

Please do not take our income away and deny our guests this unique rural retreat.

– Annie and Paul, December 2023


Some guest comments:

“We would definitely stay again and would recommend to all those who like being close to nature! “

“My one-year-old son seemed to recognize the place as we approached down the lane and started clapping. I felt inclined to join him.”

“This is an absolutely delightful spot. It’s very secluded and peaceful, it was just me and the sheep. I fell asleep listening to the birds and the wind in the trees.”

“Completely unspoilt views of countryside”

“Narrow winding roads lead to the farm, very quiet and secluded with no traffic to be heard. A tranquil place and a great getaway.”

“we were able to sit out in nature and enjoy the stars/morning sun”

“Waking up with a view to nature was lovely. Set in a field of its own, it felt very private”

“beautiful surroundings made our stay blissful.”

“12/10 as the place was everything I ever dreamed of and even more”


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