Extension to partnership between Parkdean Resorts Ltd and North Devon Council

Parkdean’s Ruda Holiday Park in North Devon

Posted on: 15 July 2016

A company, which formed a Primary Authority Partnership with North Devon Council in 2013, has now extended the partnership to cover additional premises following a company merger.

Parkdean Holiday Parks Ltd merged with Park Resorts Ltd in November 2015 to become Parkdean Resorts Limited. As a result, the existing Primary Authority application with the council was resubmitted to the Better Regulatory Delivery Office of the government, who approved the statutory partnership last month.

The Primary Authority agreement means the council will provide robust advice and guidance on food hygiene and health and safety responsibilities, and the way they are managed, at all of the company’s 72 holiday parks across the UK.

North Devon Council’s Executive member for regulatory services supporting growth, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “I am delighted that Parkdean Resorts Limited has chosen to extend their Primary Authority Partnership with us. These statutory partnerships are a major step forward in reducing the regulatory burden for companies. However, not only does it cut the red tape, but it is an effective way for us to help improve protection and support our business communities, which in turn helps our local economy to grow.”

Dave Black, Head of Health and Safety at Parkdean Resorts, said: “With a number of businesses in many different local authority areas, the agreement allows us to standardise Parkdean Resorts Health and Safety and Food Management systems. We have found that with the assistance of North Devon, the various local authorities have confidence in our management systems and they are generally accepted nationwide. This also provides the local management on our holiday parks the certainty that they are working to robust systems, which will be recognised by their local authority, allowing them to focus on providing our customers with a fantastic holiday experience.”

Any business that operates across district boundaries can form a Primary Authority partnership with enforcing authorities, regardless of its size. This can be in relation to environmental health, trading standards or fire matters.

Once partnerships are formed, they are automatically recognised by all local regulators, which means the regulations and advice that are given by the authority must be respected by other councils. This reduces the costs of regulations on businesses, helping to improve efficiencies and profitability.

Other companies that have entered a statutory partnership with the council are:

  • Mole Valley Farmers
  • John Fowler Holidays
  • RGB Holdings Ltd
  • Symbro Ltd/Orbmys Ltd

If other companies would like to find out more about how the business support scheme could work for them, phone 01271 388870 for details.

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