Support given to camp proposal

A FOXHOLES summer camp that, for half a century, has exclusively provided holidays for Bristol's underprivileged, could be opened up to kids throughout the region.

A FOXHOLES summer camp that, for half a century, has exclusively provided holidays for Bristol's underprivileged, could be opened up to kids throughout the region.On Monday, town planners backed opening up The Bristol Schools Camp, which covers a seven-acre site near Orcombe Point, to more schoolchildren.The camp houses more than two-hundred every week and is a base for a programme of studies and outdoor activities.But there are concerns from councillors and neighbours, and James and Christine Evans of Foxholes Hill wrote: "...we are concerned...this site will become a 24/7 noise and nuisance for several months, year-on-year, for residents of Foxholes Hill..."The age range of the children... (should be) a maximum of 16 years...we do not wish to have older children....because they bring...late night drinking and visits to pubs and clubs."Last year groups...congregated by the main gate to smoke. This gave us loads of noise and talking and....smoke drifting into our garden. "For our peaceful enjoyment of our property and general well-being, we would ask that...activities end in July."Councillor Sandy Sutton said: "Conditions should be no loud music late at night - having discos doesn't sit well with what they are trying to provide."Cllr Mark Williamson said: "I could only support this application ...providing conditions are imposed to safeguard the amenity of residents..."They added access from Gore Lane should also be improved.Manager of the camp, Nadine Rowe, said: "The camp has been operating for over fifty years; the groups visiting the camp provide a valuable contribution to several local companies."The camp, on the whole, had a very good relationship with the Foxholes Residents' Association, which has provided valuable support to the camp, including a fundraising campaign for the last nine years, to sponsor individual children."Regular meetings have now been established with the residents' association."She added that Bristol City Council is resurfacing the access track this month and discos are only held until 9pm."In 2008 there were few complaints ...about the volume of the music. "The disco is not a new addition...and has been part of the camp for over 30 years."There are no plans to 'throw open the camp to all and sundry.'"The application will now be considered by East Devon District Council.

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