Troubled Forres residential park set for 5-star treatment

The firm behind the rehabilitation of one of Moray’s most prestigious caravan sites say that they are set to make another a five-star attraction.

Richmond Wright Estates (RWE) recently sold the once troubled Silver Sands site after giving the park a £1million makeover with new owners Bridge Leisure Management, who promise a bright future for the site that had been mired in controversy over recent years.

Now RWE say that they are about to set on a similar exercise for Silver Sands’ one-time sister site, the Riverview Residential Park at Mundole in Forres, having already invested £500,000 on the site.

Planning permission has been obtained by the company to create a new complex featuring a bar and restaurant on the site, as well as a gymnasium and swimming pool.

The firms national sales director, Danny McInnes, has thanked Moray Council for taking a “proactive approach” in dealing with their requests, adding: “Our business model is very much to come in and rapidly add value to a failing or formerly bankrupt park.

“As well as installing his new leisure centre our aim is to achieve a five-star rating for the park.”

However, Moray MP Angus Robertson said that residents on the park will “be wary of promises by the new owners” after having dealt for some years with complaints from constituents over past problems on the site.

He said: “I sincerely hope that the planned investment marks a real turning point for Riverview and proper investment brings significant improvements for residents and visitors alike.”

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