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Date: 05/07/2018

A thriving business on the outskirts of Presteigne, that attracts thousands of visitors from across Britain, was an important port of call recently for the local MP.

Conservative's Brecon & Radnor member of parliament Chris Davies popped into Rockbridge Residential and Holiday Park - one of three sites owned by Glenn and Hannah Jones from 'Discover Parks', that has just reached the Rural Business Award finals.

Rockbridge has park homes, holiday lodges and a fully serviced site for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers. "We welcomed the chance to get Chris on park, “ says Glenn, “business'' like us are under a lot of pressure recently with possible changes in commission charges on park homes and we wanted him to hear our concerns”.

Mr Davies was keen to learn about the impact of proposed Welsh Assembly legislation on park owners and wanted to improve his insight into the valuable role of tourism in and around his constituency. He says “It was great to finally get the chance to visit. This is a thriving business that attracts tourists from all over the UK. Glenn and I discussed various areas of Government policy which help and hinder how businesses such as Rockbridge run. I will look into the areas discussed as we want our businesses freed up to thrive.”

During the visit Chris took a tour of the park with its 1st class facilities including the residential area, the fully serviced touring site, the new holiday lodge development, and the brand new dog wash!

Traders in Presteigne are keen to support Rockbridge as it brings a lot of revenue into the town. Mary Cobbett runs 'Delo Tinto' delicatessan in the High Street, she relies on tourism to boost her business. “It draws much needed custom in and an interesting array of people from far and wide. I think we ought to have a pavement out to Rockbridge as the road leading out of town has become very dangerous, the more we can encourage people to support the small traders like myself the better.”

Leon Abecassis is the Chair of the Business Connect Group in Presteigne and runs Salty Dog Fishmongers and Greengrocers. “It's a valuable asset to the town” says Leon, “we meet people from all over the country staying there, they come to buy local produce and find out about the area. We need places like Rockbridge in order for us to survive.”

Rockbridge Country Living and Holiday Park, part of Discover Parks, has made it through to the finals of the Regional Rural Business Awards and will be judged later this month for the National title.