Worries that Grand Prix campsite will damage vitality of Silverstone village

Hamilton Fields Grand Prix campsite at Silverstone.GV.'100709M-C243
Hamilton Fields Grand Prix campsite at Silverstone.GV.'100709M-C243

PEOPLE in Silverstone are worried its income will be seriously damaged after a campsite across the county border prepares to double in size ahead of the Grand Prix season.

Every year up to 40,000 F1 fans camp in fields around the village raising a huge sums of money for community groups, the primary school and rural businesses.

Last week the owners of the Silverstone Woodlands campsite, construction firm Buckingham Plant Hire, applied to Aylesbury Vale District Council’s licensing department to increase the campsite’s capacity from 15,000 to 30,000. They also hope to get the go ahead to provided entertainment and alcohol from 10am to 4am the next morning.

Dermot Bambridge, South Northants Council cabinet member and village ward member said: “The GPs don’t provide pocket money, it is not the cherry on the cake, it is important income and losing it will cause serious damage to the village, which has to put up with a lot.”

Les Adams, landlord of the White Horse pub in the village said last year saw a big increase in the number of people staying at the woodlands which resulted in a 15 per cent in his earnings.

Duncan Wheeler, campsite manager said they were only expecting around 16,000 campers this year and added: “The last thing we want to do is cause problems in the village.

“Merely we are investing money in our facilities and as a result more people come to camp with us.”