Wednesday 18 October 2017

Harrison's Camping At Risk

Paying for parking and camping was all part of the deal when the Forestry Commission took over the management of the toilet block, car park and camping at Harrison’s Rocks. A few years back when it was first announced that the toilet block was to be closed and then potentially demolished, there was an uproar from the south-east climbing community. Without the toilet facilities the campsite could not stay open.

The Forestry Commission agreed that the money raised from the parking fees and camping, would go towards the upkeep of the facilities which the climbing community fought so hard to keep.

It has been noticed that some visitors have not been paying for their camping. They may have a valid yearly parking ‘discovery pass’, which allows them to park in the car park, but as soon as they stay overnight, it is deemed as camping, so a camping charge is needed to be paid at the machine.

The upkeep of the camping is important and costly, mainly due to the facilities used by visitors staying over night; water and electricity from the toilet block usage are costly for the Forestry Commission, as well as regular refuse pick-ups from the large bin in the car park. Please take all this into consideration when staying at Harrison’s. With the Forestry Commission’s budget already stretched, all visitors need to pay in order to secure the future of the facilities. If people continue not to pay for camping in 2018 then there is a very strong risk that the campsite and potentialy certain aspects of the facilities, will close.

So easily forgotten, the long discussions regarding the fate of the toilet block and camping. Read the old stories here:

17/04/2015    Facilities are now open at Harrison's (Campsite opening soon)

27/03/2015    Birchden Wood - Harrisons Rocks Facilities Update

29/10/2014    Harrison's Rocks Car Park & Facilities Decision

14/04/2014    Harrison's Rocks Toilets and Campsite Now Open

18/03/2014    Update - Harrison's facilities to open in March 2014

12/12/2013    Submit your idea for Harrison's Facilities

13/11/2013    Latest News - Harrison's Toilet Block to be Refurbished

21/10/2013    Petition for Harrison's Rocks toilet block and campsite

09/07/2013    Closure of Harrison's Campsite and Toilet Facilities