Is Brit Stops a Membership

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  1. whereru

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    I have just received my first Brit Stops book with a window sticker in, both say they are valid until 28-02-2015 that is only 6 months away. Can I not use them after that.
     
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    Yes it only goes April to April
     
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    Actually that's nearer 10m than 6.

    But I'm sure they wouldn't turn you away just 'cos your membership has expired....would they?
     
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    Sorry put in wrong date have edited.
     
  5. whereru

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    I wasn't in a hurry to get one but was very interested when I read about it, but typical me have to have it now I should have waited.
     
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    Just read this on their website
    'The Brit Stops 2014 guide to free motorhome stopoversis valid until the end of February 2015. Once again it costs just £25 (fourth year with no increase). '
     
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    Not sure weather to return the book and then buy it again at beginning of Feb at least I will get a full year for the £25.00. I don't want to sound penny pinching but I would prefer to get 12 months for my £25 as apposed to 6 months
     
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    We got ours last April and haven't used it but if we only use it once we'll be Quid's in on last years C&CC site in portsmouth, when we overnighted before the ferry. That was the one where she wouldn't unpadlock the barrier before 7am and then had a face on it like a smacked bottom
     
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    Don't quote me on this but it doesn't make a lot of difference, they very rarely ask you for it
     
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    We've used it about 8 times this year & no one asked for my book & certainly no one was interested in my windscreen sticker.
     
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    I have just finished travelling around for 3 weeks and have used Brit Stops about 6 times and no one looked at my sticker.
     
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    Had one last year but not this. The fact is that most of the places in it don't really mind if you're a paid up member as long as you support their business in some small way.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    Exactly, it's only an adjunct to their business. If they wanted to boost stays they would obtain a CL certificate or site licence.
     
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    Except that they might not have the facilities or meet the requirements to become a CL/CS, or licensed site.

    And even for 6 or 7 months membership - if you manage a couple of overnight stays, then you've most likely recouped your investment with Britstops.

    Steve and his wife who have developed the programme keep increasing the number of locations hugely, year by year - the choice just keeps growing. Couldn't believe the latest email alone contained an extra 60 places - I think there was only just over 70 in the whole of the first guidebook in 2011.

    Mike
     
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    True, as I said it's only an adjunct to their business. Mind you, we've been on a few CLs/CSs that are nothing more than a field with a dump point and a fresh water tap (not that we need any more).
    Having said that, if they do want to attract people to stay why not become a CL? :)
     
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    The requirements are not a vigorous as the big clubs make them out to be. We were approached by a site that had toilet but no drinking water they harvested rain water for the toilet. We asked NE about this and they were happy for us to grant a 5 van CL site under the proviso that a supply of bottled water was made available.

    This site however did not get licenced because they wanted to allow non members to use it and NE were adamant that the sites were for our members only at that time. They have now changed their mind on this issue and it is up to the club and landowner who uses the site.

    I would suspect any pub that has space to allow Motorhomes to stop over could meet the requirements for a CL. It is a decision between the land owner and the certificating club. The club would however seek guidance from and inform the local planning authority, as it is part of its procedures to do so. They would also have to consult local residents.

    At present without a licence they are limited to one van and only 28 nights per year.
     
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    All fair comment. However, I suspect many Britstops just aren't interested in jumping through hoops - which I know aren't especially onerous for CL/CS recognition. And don't want to be bothered with managing bookings - quite a few Britstops don't require or need even a phone call in advance - just turn up. And some don't offer fresh water, and only a few offer black waste dumps. They would rather focus on running their mainstream business and, as you say, the overnighting motorhomes are just an adjunct - making the most of otherwise unused parking space.

    Mike
     
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    Seems to be general issue for many of the 'big two' club sites nowadays, but there are a few notable exceptions.
     
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    bit of a sweeping statement.. what sample size do you base that on. How many club sites have you visited this past year.. or five years ?

    there are over 4,000 cls and cs and hundreds of club sites ..

    I can only speak from experience.. the vast majority of club wardens and or managers and friendly .. and do a sterling job in what are often trying circumstances.. ie .. dealing with the public..
     
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