GMB: Caravan 'curfew' plans slammed by Sonia Evans

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Stuart Allen is representing the residents at the Kingfisher Caravan Park, who have had age-limit proposals handed to them. They have been told that once a caravan reaches 15 years of age, residents may apply for an additional licence.

East Lindsey District Council stated they reviewed its policy position and determined that once a caravan at the site had reached 15 years of age, residents may apply for, and the council may grant, up to 10 annual licences.

This was previously five annual licences.

The Council continued, saying: “The grant of such annual licences is subject to an annual caravan inspection undertaken by the Council.  

“Any caravan that fails such an inspection, or that reaches 25 years of age, will need to be removed from the Park. 

“Having an upper age limit is a normal industry position and in place in many Parks.”

This has become a more common trend within caravan parks, with many caravans over 15 or 20 years old being told they may need to move.

Stuart Allen commented on the proposals and what it could mean for the caravanning industry.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Allen said: “I’d say 15 years for a caravan age limit is probably very low, and 10 years and you can’t sell your caravan is definitely very low.

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“The interesting thing is that a lot of the caravan sites don’t actually enforce their age limits on purpose.

“If you set up a brand-new caravan site and you put 40 brand-new caravans on there, that means in 15 years you’ve got to sell 40 brand-new caravans.

“And until you’ve sold those 40 brand-new caravans, you’re not picking up your ground rent, and the main income for caravan sites is ground rent.

“If you look at the profit margin between 10 years ground rent and one caravan, it’s a lot.

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