Sheepcote Valley, Brighton camp site.. A review

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  1. Jaws

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    Short and sweet this

    Positive side

    Site is well laid out, clean and well maintained

    Negative side

    Has an infestation of new age travellers parked on the doorstep

    Is run by the wehrmacht

    Is VASTLY over priced

    Although Darrell ( number one son ) has been a member of the Caravan Club for several years he has never actually used one of their sites
    His experience over the weekend means that he will NOT be renewing his membership.

    Indeed it is good to know he is following in his fathers footsteps at last and will, like me, be sure to advise all not to bother as it is cheaper to join the nazi party and probably more fun !!

    Where the hell they get their guards and commandant's from is a mystery... They seem to have no ability to think for them selves, have zero compassion, and either have no understanding of some peoples needs* or simply do not care

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    An elderly couple I saw could not walk up and down the very steep paths without difficulty.
    They were not given the option of one of the many empty pitches at the lower levels.
     
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    We agree about the travellers on the doorstep but have been there a few times for a few weeks and have asked to move pitches a few times and they have agreed. We have found tge wardens to be polite with the exception of one and he has now left.
     
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    My best clients came from there

    When I was in practice in Brighton, my best clients came from Whitehawk Estate.. just behind the camp site.. would I stay there... no way. I have heard the stories first hand. Plus had to plead for a few of them.. feel safer on Seaford Sea front.. plus there is a good train in to Lewes and Brighton.

    Only belong these days to CCC for the club discount on my RV insurance and the tunnel travel.

    Bob:Sad:
     
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    That's odd. We've been there a couple of times and have not had any trouble whatsoever. The wardens at one of those times had a good SOH in fact, one day they had some 'lost' stuff outside the office (things people had handed in, you know?) and a notice saying they would be sending it to Sotheby's for auction if it wasn't claimed, or something like that. So I commented 'If our doormat turns up, let us know' Oh dear where did you leave it? - Quite probably on an Aire in Northern France - but I just thought I'd mention it - in case!

    However the last time we went there it was chocka and we couldn't get on so we parked the van up near the cafe on the approach road and off we went into Brighton. Only half the distance to walk back to it, great, had a sandwich then we drove to the CC site at Worthing. It was only after we'd checked in there and came back out to the van we noticed the damage. We'd had an attempted break-in - no doubt by the undesirables who were there then, except we hadn't really sort of thought about the possible implications :Doh:

    Insurance paid for it, NP really - but it's a flaming nuisance if you can't even park near there.

    The Wardens at Worthing were lovely people and nearby bus to W, then another bus into B. Nice ride all along the coast. Or Lancing etc or other places you might want to go, can't remember exactly.
     
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    my clients

    I have been told many a time by clients.. rich picking motor homes... plus it was not far to scarper home after..:Blush::Blush::Blush: one of the highest crime rate areas. No way would I leave my RV i that area... have you seen the security in the Marina.

    Bob:Eeek:


    Bob
     
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    Having a good sense of humour and being polite does not stop someone being officious, a jobs worth and unhelpful !
     
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    Oh hell. Booked to stay there over May Bank holiday weekend as we have a wedding to go to :cry:
     
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    Providing it is a straightforward booking ( as in plot up, and be sure to leave before 12 noon and not one minute later, and you leave 6 metres ( which will be measured if our experience was anything to go by ) all will be well
     
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    Well if they didn't have their hardstandings arranged so you would be 6 meteres apart, which they do, it would hardly be your fault. That is CC rules and nowt wrong with it either. I know Aires don't - that doesn't make it advisable.

    Sorry Jaws, we're usually on a wavelength about a lot of stuff, but this one I certainly see NP with. You join a club, you look at the rules before you join - if you don't like em - don't join. If the site has a H&S inspection or whatever, Fire inspection etc, and all the units weren't 6m apart, who would be in trouble? - the wardens and the Club not the campers/members. For all I know it may be a sacking offence.
     
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    I rarely use club sites but when I have been shown all empty suitable pitches on the site map and been told to choose what ever I liked..

    That is certainly not club policy , in fact see Rule 2 b)

    b) On arrival pitches may be chosen from those available. However outfit size or weight may require specific pitch allocation. The Warden may refuse entry if outfits are deemed oversize or overweight for the pitches available.

     
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    It's not the pitching up and leaving that bothers me - it's the talk of problems with break ins and New Age Travellers. Stayed on plenty of CC sites with supposed 'idiot' wardens and never had a problem. Only met one jobsworth and that was at a C&CC site
     
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    According to your avatar details I thought you were trying to join them:Wink:
     
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    Not anymore. Likely I'll be giving up the fulltiming life by the end of the year. I just don't fancy having any lowlife - whoever they may be - trying to break into my van
     
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    We were not offered a hard standing option.. we had to go where 'the white posts are'
    Far from ideal position but accepted without rancour...

    We were instructed to reverse up so the white pitch marking post was in the centre of the van
    This we did.. Both vans set up and Goebbels arrived and declared son of mine had to move

    To be honest Jen, I think you would have had to be there to fully understand..
    We did exactly as asked.. And again, honest truth, if they had not waited till the whole awning and safari room was up I doubt we would have taken umbridge
    But one of them watched us set up and it appeared he waited until Darrell had completed the job before stepping in ( literally ! )

    I did not join the club.. God forbid !!! I learned ages ago I wanted absolutely nothing what-so-ever to do with the whole sorry lot... There was no where else to stay within a reasonable distance of the start and finish of the marathon ..

    I think what really capped it off is being told that if we left a minute after 12 noon we would have to pay another day ( £35.50 ) This on the day the whole of Brighton was shut down due to the marathon, so travel within the town was difficult to say the least ( though I do appreciate if a cut of time is posted then so be it.. But to actually SAY a minute past mid day.. Welllll.................... )

    Oh, and anyone contemplating paying the £35.50 to park over night should be warned to ensure they take all with them they are going to need as there is NO camp shop.
     
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    my scroats ....

    The dear little darlings (or scripts) I defended went for the one's that had no one in them.. easy pickings is what they wanted. Damage was the issue many a time. what they actually got was far less value than the damage. Sorry to say Brighton area is a high crime area. Mainly fuelled by drugs.. drink used to be part of it, but when I retired it was drugs... burglary provided the money to get them. Did not matter what it was they would nick it.

    Had one chap pickup a bike outside cash converters and take it in and tried to sell it.. the bikes owner was in the shop selling something else.. it is that bad. Schools have lots lots of computers.. but they can always seem to find buyers.

    Bob:Blush:
     
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    I've stayed on sheepcote valley site quite a few times with a caravan over the years without any problems, it can get a bit noisy in the summer with all the foreign students camping but have never thought of it as unsafe and the parkland its set in is fantastic for walking the dogs.

    Since getting a mhome we have allways free camped either on madeira drive without any problems or the slipway to Shoreham docks where I had my bonnet keyed and had to move in the night as fifty or sixty kids drinking in the adjacent park where starting to be a bit of a nuisance and we didn't feel safe.PS I was warned not to park on the slipway on friday nights
    because of the youngsters but I chose not to take any notice.
    Alan
     
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    all I can say is Brighton supports several criminal law practices

    Alan all I can say is Brighton supports several criminal law practices. Always very very busy... while we covered out to Lewes as well as Hove and Shoreham, a lot came from the greater Brighton area. Having worked there for many years I can assure you it is a high crime area, while you have not seen it or experienced it other than being 'keyed' does not mean it does not happen. Does not have to be a Friday night. Pop in to Edward Street magistrates court any morning and see just what has been going on over night or recently.. you may not visit as often if you knew how bad it can be. Brighton is not always the problem. it is the less desirable elements on some of the housing estates. Some honest good people I am sure, but I am talking about what came through my practice door on an average day.

    Murder, Rape, theft, drugs, burglary affray, the list was endless... criminal damage like your keyed vehicle is common as is drunkenness. You should see the number of Public Order Offences Sussex police have to issue each year. Thankfully most visitors do not see it. Most campers miss it.. but it does happen.

    Bob
     
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    I stayed there years ago in winter. The site was mainly empty but the warden insisted we parked facing a particular way round which was broadside on to a blizzard. We had to move in the middle of the night and have never been back. I am no longer a member of the CC.
     
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    There's crime everywhere and as I have to be in Brighton for a wedding I don't have much choice so will take my chances I guess. If we're not in the van then the 2 dogs will be
     
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    when are you going? as Im booked in there over 25>27 may weekend as part of south coast tour, if its befor then, please post an upto date report if possible, I dont fancy paying to park next to scroats...
     
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