MP wants extra police to deal with 'rowdy' Butlin's visitors causing chaos in Minehead

This is The West Country: Butlin's at Minehead. Butlin's at Minehead.

BOOZED-UP Butlin’s visitors are scaring families out of Minehead town centre with their ‘threatening’ and ‘rowdy’ behaviour, it was warned this week.

Brawling, nudity and urinating in public are just some of the complaints of hooliganism and drunkenness made to West Somerset Ian Liddell-Grainger as the summer season hots up.

Guests of the holiday resort, many there for stag and hen parties, are drinking in public and making the town a no-go area on Saturdays, the MP claims.

Mr Liddell-Grainger wants extra police on the streets to control the behaviour of those attending adults-only weekends – and he plans on being there himself to witness first-hand the effect anti-social behaviour is having on Minehead.

Bosses at the resort have vowed to work with the MP and police to tackle the issue.

Mr Liddell-Grainger said: “I have had reports of brawling, public nudity, urinating in public and of people having to be carried back to Butlin’s dead drunk in the middle of the afternoon.

“There seems to be complete disregard for – and no enforcement of - the alcohol-free zones West Somerset District Council has set up, including the one on the beach.

“The level of rowdiness is quite intimidating: mothers are scared to allow their children into the town centre at times like this because the atmosphere is so threatening.”

The MP says Butlin’s is a major employer and traders welcome the business the 9,000-capacity resort brings, but believes the town “is paying a very high price for it”.

He plans to write to Avon and Somerset Police for more manpower to deal with the mounting number of complaints and is urging the public to report inappropriate behaviour.

“Minehead is essentially a family resort but it is no place for families while there are hundreds of people milling around, displaying behaviour which goes well beyond acceptable limits,” said Mr Liddell-Grainger.

“Butlin’s would deploy its own security staff in the town but there is a legal obstacle to that.

“What we need are more police on the streets and greater use of CCTV to catch the worst offenders.”

Julian Highfield, resort director at Butlin’s, said: “We have enjoyed a remarkably close relationship with the people of Minehead and the surrounding areas over many years. It has proved beneficial both to the resort and the town.

“Every member of my team at Butlin’s is determined to ensure that our guests continue to enjoy their time at Minehead, both in the town and at the resort. We want this harmonious relationship to continue.

“We would happily play our part in addressing any recent concerns and work closely with representatives of Minehead Town Council, West Somerset Council, Avon and Somerset Police and Mr Liddell-Grainger in a constructive dialogue.”

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4:34pm Thu 10 Jul 14

prickles says...

And butlins should pay for it aswell. Minehead is awful when they have adult only weekends. Puts people off visiting minehead. And frightening for the older people of minehead when they go out in town or along the sea front.
And butlins should pay for it aswell. Minehead is awful when they have adult only weekends. Puts people off visiting minehead. And frightening for the older people of minehead when they go out in town or along the sea front. prickles
  • Score: 17

5:35pm Thu 10 Jul 14

deanrc says...

Minehead is reaping the whirlwind that is a modern Butlins. What started out as a welcome seaside holiday camp for families in the 50s, 60s, 70s has now become a monster thanks to our weak local authority. The town has declined while Butlins (like a parasite on it's host) has grown rich on attracting the dregs of society. Minehead's hope of being attractive to families like it once was is a lost cause. I feel sorry for it's residents and townsfolk who have struggled to keep their businesses going through an invasion of Butlinites, economic downturns, lack of support from a feeble WSC and now, heaven help them, interference from our lame M.P.
Minehead is reaping the whirlwind that is a modern Butlins. What started out as a welcome seaside holiday camp for families in the 50s, 60s, 70s has now become a monster thanks to our weak local authority. The town has declined while Butlins (like a parasite on it's host) has grown rich on attracting the dregs of society. Minehead's hope of being attractive to families like it once was is a lost cause. I feel sorry for it's residents and townsfolk who have struggled to keep their businesses going through an invasion of Butlinites, economic downturns, lack of support from a feeble WSC and now, heaven help them, interference from our lame M.P. deanrc
  • Score: 19

7:42pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Guy Smiley says...

A bad dose of Chalet Rash is no laughing matter.
A bad dose of Chalet Rash is no laughing matter. Guy Smiley
  • Score: 4

8:34am Fri 11 Jul 14

littlemisstidy says...

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vbbb littlemisstidy
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9:27am Fri 11 Jul 14

littlemisstidy says...

Couldn't agree more with the comments above. Although it has to be said their unacceptable behaviour starts long before they arrive at Minehead.
Along the A358 at Bishops Lydeard, Halsway Hill, Withycombe, and in the layby in front of Dunster Castle the spectacle of a coach load of men urinating is a regular occurrance. I have in the past rung the police and Butlins but obviously no measures have been introduced to prevent this public offence taking place.

Perhaps a start could be made by banning alcohol from all their hired transport.
These 'visitors or invaders' whatever you like to call them are usually quite pleasant normal blokes till they get tanked up with booze.

So perhaps the real solution might be get them to their destination and lock the gates, and let Butlins take full responsibility for their paying 'guests' till its time for their departure.
Couldn't agree more with the comments above. Although it has to be said their unacceptable behaviour starts long before they arrive at Minehead. Along the A358 at Bishops Lydeard, Halsway Hill, Withycombe, and in the layby in front of Dunster Castle the spectacle of a coach load of men urinating is a regular occurrance. I have in the past rung the police and Butlins but obviously no measures have been introduced to prevent this public offence taking place. Perhaps a start could be made by banning alcohol from all their hired transport. These 'visitors or invaders' whatever you like to call them are usually quite pleasant normal blokes till they get tanked up with booze. So perhaps the real solution might be get them to their destination and lock the gates, and let Butlins take full responsibility for their paying 'guests' till its time for their departure. littlemisstidy
  • Score: 11

1:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Mi_Coc says...

littlemisstidy wrote:
Couldn't agree more with the comments above. Although it has to be said their unacceptable behaviour starts long before they arrive at Minehead.
Along the A358 at Bishops Lydeard, Halsway Hill, Withycombe, and in the layby in front of Dunster Castle the spectacle of a coach load of men urinating is a regular occurrance. I have in the past rung the police and Butlins but obviously no measures have been introduced to prevent this public offence taking place.

Perhaps a start could be made by banning alcohol from all their hired transport.
These 'visitors or invaders' whatever you like to call them are usually quite pleasant normal blokes till they get tanked up with booze.

So perhaps the real solution might be get them to their destination and lock the gates, and let Butlins take full responsibility for their paying 'guests' till its time for their departure.
That wont work have you seen the food and drink prices on site!!! They would lose to many adult weekenders. Its sad that if your 16-30 the accepted culture with many is to drink until you cant walk or remember what you did!
[quote][p][bold]littlemisstidy[/bold] wrote: Couldn't agree more with the comments above. Although it has to be said their unacceptable behaviour starts long before they arrive at Minehead. Along the A358 at Bishops Lydeard, Halsway Hill, Withycombe, and in the layby in front of Dunster Castle the spectacle of a coach load of men urinating is a regular occurrance. I have in the past rung the police and Butlins but obviously no measures have been introduced to prevent this public offence taking place. Perhaps a start could be made by banning alcohol from all their hired transport. These 'visitors or invaders' whatever you like to call them are usually quite pleasant normal blokes till they get tanked up with booze. So perhaps the real solution might be get them to their destination and lock the gates, and let Butlins take full responsibility for their paying 'guests' till its time for their departure.[/p][/quote]That wont work have you seen the food and drink prices on site!!! They would lose to many adult weekenders. Its sad that if your 16-30 the accepted culture with many is to drink until you cant walk or remember what you did! Mi_Coc
  • Score: -5

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