[Diggers350] Mobile Home Owners In Court, Forced From Site Under New Rule Banning Caravans Over 15 Years Old

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sun Aug 1 00:25:42 BST 2021

Mobile Home Owners In Court, Forced From Site 
Under New Rule Banning Caravans Over 15 Years Old


<https://tlio.org.uk/author/tony/>TONY GOSLING 

‘Totally unfair’ Caravan owners go to court as 
they’re forced from site under new rules

owners near Skegness are taking their local 
council to court after they were told their 
vehicles were too old to be on the site.

FELIX REEVES Thu, Jul 29, 2021

The residents of the Kingfisher Caravan Park in 
Ingoldmells claim that in October 2019 the 
council informed people on the site of changes to 
contracts. This meant that there could be no 
caravans that were more than 15-years-old on the premises.

As a result of this, more than 100 residents will 
be taking legal action against East Lindsey District Council.

The council extended the date that the caravans 
needed to be moved due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But, the group says that the council has now set 
a deadline of the end of the year for certain caravans to be removed.

Steve Wakefield and his wife Kim bought their 
caravan in 2001 and will be massively affected if the changes go ahead.

The Kingfisher Caravan Park in Ingoldmells.

Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, he said: “It’s 
totally unfair. I just can’t understand the 
council’s position at all, and I sometimes wonder 
if they understand it themselves.

“I don’t think they thought through the 
implications of it because there’s bits of this 
site that look like a ghost town now because of 
the number of people who have left.

“The council didn’t seem to realise how many 
people would be leaving so quickly because at the 
end of the 2019 season it looked like a flood of 
caravans leaving the site – just one after the other.”

The residents say they have been left with “no 
option” but to take the council to court.

An aerial view of the caravan park, which has 
already seen caravan owners leave.

The most recent attempt at mediation between the 
two sides came during a meeting on July 21, but 
it failed to resolve any issues.

Stuart Allen is representing the residents and 
says that more than 300 owners and caravans have 
been removed since being told about the contract change.

He says that some residents felt they had no 
choice but to sell their vans for scrap, given 
that they were only informed of the change just 
three weeks before the end of the 2019 season.

Peter Blackburn, 66, stays on the site with his 
wife for most of the season, but is considering his future.

He said: “We first came here in 2009 but the 
current caravan we’re in is one that we bought in 
2013 and so it’s eight years old now.

“So we’re a few years off the age limit yet, if 
it still goes ahead, but another rule the council 
has is that you can’t sell the caravan privately 
after ten years so I’m already thinking about what we’ll do.

“All these rules that they have, and the new age 
limit one that they’re trying to bring in, is all 
just stress that you don’t need.

“My wife and I bought our caravan as a retirement 
thing for life that would be our forever home, 
and now it’s looking as if it might not be.

“She’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer and so 
I will not be moving the caravan in the immediate 
future because she loves it down here and I want her to be able to enjoy it.

“If the council was really bothered about the age 
of the caravans, then they should have done it 
through a process of natural wastage – where they 
told residents that they couldn’t pass the 
caravan on to their kids or whatever.

“But when you’re seeing old couples driving off 
the site in tears, you know that this can’t be 
the right way to go about things.”

It could take up to two years for the case to be 
heard, according to Stuart Allen, as he will be 
submitting papers against the council soon.

He added that the cost of the court action could 
rise up to £60,000, with the group having already spent £30,000.
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