New owners giving camp a makeover

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 03/07/2014
Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park
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NEW LOOK: Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park owner John Crawford, right, and his son Peter have started renovating the popular summer spot. 

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An overhaul of the Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park is already under way just days after the new lessees took over.

Retired couple John and Jan Crawford began renovation work on Tuesday and plan to have it ready to go by Labour Weekend.

"That's the aim, but there's a lot of work to do before then," John said.

"I'm really looking forward to it. There's going to be a few changes, we're putting a bit of money into it," he said.

A new ablution block, kitchen facility and 10 cabins are part of the planned transformation.

"It should be quite the makeover," the Crawford's son Peter said.

"People say ‘we holiday at Waihi' but hopefully people will start saying ‘we go to Fitzroy Beach'," he said.

The Crawfords were awarded a 33-year lease after the New Plymouth District Council called for tenders in June last year. That coincided with a council policy change stopping people from living at the park.

At the time the council sent a letter to the 20 permanent residents giving them a year to get out.

Some of their mail was still being sent to the park and the Crawfords had been working with the residents, who had left without hassle.

Previous lessee Jeff Watson had also removed his $500,000 worth of cabins.

While holidaymakers were able to leave a caravan at the park they could not stay any longer than 75 days a year.

The park would remain open while the overhaul took place.

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