MORE attractions will be heading to Carnaby as a new company has bought the Park Rose Leisure Park and is developing the site to appeal to more tourists.
The deal sees the 13 acre site sold by Park Rose Limited and acquired by a new, unrelated company, Park Rose Village Limited, owned by property investors James Horsley and Trevor Pearce.
Following four months of improvement work over the winter and an investment of hundreds of thousands of pounds, the venue comprises an outlet of The Original Factory Shop, a birds of prey centre, and a small animal park and wildlife centre. It also has a pottery seconds shop and a cafe.
Further development is underway to create a play barn, a children’s character village and other family entertainment facilities due for completion in time for the summer school holidays in mid-July.
The purchaser was advised by legal firm Clarion in Leeds with Santander providing funding and James Horsley, director of Park Rose Village Limited, said: “We have set up the company specifically to provide an entertaining day out for the whole family.
“My business partner, Trevor Pearce, has extensive experience of developing this type of shopping and leisure venue having been involved in Hornsea Pottery leisure parks at Lancaster and Hornsea and then the development of the Hornsea Freeport Shopping Village.
“As well as enhancing the site by improving the existing facilities and creating a park-like environment we have also undertaken a development programme to add to the amenities and increase its appeal to families 364 days a year.”
The new developments have lead to the cancellation of the Sunday car boot at the site, but concerns expressed by a Free Press reader about Leconfield army vehicles being stopped from entering the site are unfounded.
Mr Horsley said: “There was a letter in the Free Press recently which had said that we have stopped army lorries and car boot sales.
“As far as the army lorries is concerned this is totally incorrect and in agreement with Leconfield the lorries are now phasing their visits to fit into the coach park which has been reserved for them.
“The letter was correct in saying that we had stopped car boot sales. The car boot sales took the prime car parking space which meant customers of the permanent businesses, who are paying substantial overheads, had to park on grass and muddy areas.
Car boot sales are generally conducted on spare land with little other value, the Park Rose site is too valuable to host these events.”