Parents fear plans for holiday camp will destroy peace of children’s hospice

A children’s hospice could have its valuable peace and quiet ruined by a holiday camp being built right next door, a worried mother has said.

The owner of funfair Barry Island Pleasure Park has submitted plans to the council to build the camp on 20 acres of land next to Ty Hafan hospice in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Ty Hafan, in Sully near Penarth, provides support to children with life-shortening conditions and their loved ones. The charity has formally objected to the plans as parents fear their children’s tranquillity and safety before their death could be disturbed.

Funfair-owner Harry Danter said the future vision for the land would be to transform it into a Happy Park Caravan Site with log cabins and caravans.

But 8,400 people have signed a petition against Mr Danter’s wider holiday accommodation plans.

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Mother Marie Jones is opposing the plans for the impact it may have on her son, who is staying at the hospice.

Alfie, 12, is deaf, partially sighted and needs someone to feed him. His rare genetic condition means he is unable to walk or talk.

Ms Jones told the BBC the new plans would ruin the “sense of tranquillity” in the hospice’s memorial garden.

An application was made in July to use the land on Hayes Road, Sully, for storage containers – but a more recent application was made to store caravans and motorhomes on the site.

Ty Hafan has objected, pointing to the “inevitable disruption to the tranquillity”, as has nearby specialist educational facility Beechwood College.

A hospice statement said: “We expect the landowner’s plans for a holiday camp to continue to evolve as indicated by his regular social media reports.

“Hence, we would like to reassure everyone who has expressed concern that Ty Hafan will oppose the development of any holiday park, or such amenities, on the land immediately next door.

“This is because of the inevitable disruption to the tranquillity of our hospice site where many children and families are facing, or coming to terms with, unimaginable loss.”

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But owner Hendry Danter has insisted the plans “will make this site really picturesque”.

He added: “With the amount of comments we’ve had, well, you’re going to give me the will to carry on and see this through,.

“The place is a mess at the moment. There are a few people locally who would like to keep it a mess but I think the majority of the good people of Barry and Wales will appreciate the good that this will bring, the potential, the happiness it can bring, the jobs that it will create, and the wealth it will bring in.

“I own it and I see magnificent things that could happen to it. People will love it and they will tell their friends about it.”

He said the holiday park would be “the talk of Wales” and he would be the “best neighbour Ty Hafan could ask for”.

“It’s a jungle at the moment but I’ll make it into beautiful gardens, with palm trees, olive trees, roses and fountains.”

He said the park would not be “interfering with anyone” because “you’ve got to walk at least 10 minutes to get there”.

Mr Danter also claimed the site would actually be a benefit to the hospice, as it would provide accommodation to people who need to stay close by it.

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