‘Ridiculous’: Pensioner devastated after ‘forced off’ caravan park he used for 51 years

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David Capper, a 50-year-old pensioner, explained he has been “forced off” the caravan site his family enjoyed for over 50 years.

David said that his 80-year-old father was given four weeks notice to buy a new caravan.

After that, his motorhome would be removed from the site.

However, his father couldn’t afford over £30,000 new caravan as he had invested a lot of money to keep his up to date.

The pensioner explained his family had been loyal to the Shanlieve Holiday Park in Kilkeel, for 51 years.

David said he was disgusted someone who had been so loyal to the caravan site is treated in this way.

“I really cannot believe the way that my father has been treated by this caravan park after going there for 51 years and being such a loyal customer.

“He was given around four weeks’ notice that he would have to buy a new caravan.

“Which would be £30,000 or more, or he would have to have his caravan removed from the site altogether,” he explained.

“All they said was that the park would give him a £1,000 discount off of the cost of a new one for his old one.

“For someone of my father’s age to be asked to come up with that sort of money on short notice is ridiculous, although it would be the same no matter what age that you are.

“He has been left very upset by it all.”

David continued: “That caravan is somewhere that our family grew up at.

“We would spend entire summers there and the memories and sentimental value that it has for my father is beyond measure.

“It was somewhere he had memories of our mother and now all of those are gone,” David told the Belfast Live.

“It is not just Shanlieve that is doing this to owners.

“It is happening across Northern Ireland and it is ruining people’s lives who have invested thousands into these caravans.

“Due to the pandemic and more people wanting to staycation a lot of holiday park owners have become greedy and are pushing people out so that others will buy new expensive ones.

“But in a year or two when people are going back to holidays abroad, they will struggle because the previous loyal owners will want nothing to do with them.

“Something needs to be done soon to ensure that caravan owners have more rights because at the moment their circumstances seem to be able to change at the whim of a site owner,” he said.

Express.co.uk has contacted Shanlieve Holiday Park for comment.

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