Caravan age-limit proposals called ‘foolish’ as residents claim the council ‘don’t care’
Coastfields Holiday Village promote their caravan park in 2019
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In October 2019, East Lindsey District Council informed residents of the Kingfisher Caravan Park in Ingoldmells that a 15-year-age limit would be imposed on the site’s leisure vehicles. The council said that this limit can be increased with up to five, one-year extensions, but residents said that this offered no guarantees.
This decision left owners facing a loss of thousands of pounds if they are forced to move, sell or scrap their vehicles.
More than 100 of the site’s residents are taking the council to court over the limit, which was set to be imposed at the end of this year.
According to Lincolnshire Live, a Freedom of Information request has revealed that since October 2019, the District Council has incurred legal costs of £26,697.
Stuart Allen, who is representing those taking the council to court, spoke of the decision to take the council to court.
He said: “People will look at this and think that we, the residents, are wasting taxpayers’ money by taking the council to court, but it’s the council itself that is wasting this money.
“We offered several times to sit down with the council to discuss this and they refused.
“It would have been far easier and cheaper for them to consult us, as they should do with contract changes.
“Even if we weren’t taking them to court, they’d be losing taxpayers’ money anyway given the commercial losses that this is going to cause – so they’re being foolish.
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“They could have avoided all of this, and they still could avoid it, but instead they’re still not trying and they’re still costing taxpayers’ money.”
East Lindsey District Council previously said it was negotiating with residents.
This was being done to try and increase the age limit by offering ten, one-year extensions.
In August, the residents accused East Lindsey District Council of “not caring about working-class people” with the age limits.
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