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equestrian centre owner to use site barriers to create airport parking

16 Apr 2012

The owner of Clevedon’s Olympic standard equestrian centre is considering offering airport car parking to save the complex. Nick Davies bought the Hand Equestrian Centre in 2007 and has since spent around £2.6 million upgrading and refurbishing the complex. However, despite the centre, which is an approved Olympic stadium being used by organisations including the British Show Jumping Association and other groups for shows and events, Mr Davies says he is subsidising its running costs by an average of £12,000 to £15,000 a month. He is now investigating using site barriers to turn an unused lorry park on the 15 acre site into airport car parking in a bid to diversify his business. The scheme involves creating up to 500 spaces, including 32 for disabled people on the lorry park as well as reception facilities, a waiting area and a toilet block.

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