Caravan park residents ‘very angry’ over age-limit proposal, risks making parks ‘faceless’

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In October 2019, East Lindsey District Council informed residents at the Kingfisher Caravan Park in Ingoldmells that a 15-year-age limit would be imposed on the site. The council said this limit can be increased with up to five, one-year extensions, but residents said this offered no guarantees.

The move was widely condemned by those living on the park, who argued that it was “foolish” and that the council “didn’t care” about residents.

As a result of the age limits, many owners face a loss of thousands of pounds if they are forced to move, sell or scrap their vehicles.

The original ruling stated that any caravans over 15 years of age would need to leave the site by the end of 2021.

As a result of the Covid pandemic, as well as backlash from residents, the council said they will bring in an extension of ten, one-year extensions.

Carole Keeble is the founder of Holiday Park Action Group who is fighting for change in the caravan industry.

She commented on the situation at the caravan park near Skegness, saying the residents were very angry about what was going on.

Speaking to in2town, she claimed: “They are very angry, and rightly so.

“In 2017 the Council tried to impose age restrictions, and the owners of caravans objected at every turn with protests, petitions and such.

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“The Council backed down and stated in a letter to all of the owners that ‘all proposed changes have been consigned to history’.

“Then suddenly this appears, again, out of nowhere.

“Simply put this means that they are given ‘yearly contracts’ for the next 10 years that could be subject to change.

“Because there are no guarantees that they will be able to stay for one to 10 years.

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