06 January 2020 14:40
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from nottinghampost - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Pictures have shown a number of empty plots at a caravan park in Skegness after a controversial rule change introduced by council chiefs. In October last year, East Lindsey District Council announced all vans over 20 years old would have to leave the Kingfisher Caravan Park, and vans more than 15 years old would be subject to a yearly inspection in order to remain at the site. Owners with 20 years or older vans were given a one-year grace period to "see how they would like to proceed". However, some people said they'd been forced to sell their caravans for far less than they bought them for, reports Lincolnshire Live, as many other sites on the East Coast don't accept vans over a certain age. The park now has numerous empty plots after previous owners moved off-site.
One person, who captured pictures of the site, said online it had been "absolutely decimated" when they visited at the end of last month. He said: "I had a walk round the site - it has been absolutely decimated with vans moved off. Here are a few pictures of empty plots and vans (are) still waiting to be moved off." Drone footage has also shown just how many patches of land are now empty - where caravans on Kingfisher used to stand. People reacted after seeing the pictures circulating on social media. One said: "What a sad day for the owners of these vans." Another wrote: "We got rid of ours from Kingfisher. [We'll] never buy one again." The district council previously said the decision was made with the park's sustainability in mind. A spokesman for the authority said: "The decision to introduce the new multi-year licences has been taken firmly with licensees and the continued sustainability of the site in mind. "The longer length of the licence offers our licensees a greater peace of mind around the viability of what is a significant investment – much more so than the annual licence previously offered. "Those individuals whose caravans no longer meet the requirements for one of the new licences are free to move their caravan to another site, we are in no way saying they must get rid of their caravan. "Our licensees will also benefit from an increase in the residual value of their caravan at the end of the licensing period, compared with what they would have at the end of 25 to 30 years – meaning they will see a greater return should they choose to sell or part exchange it. "This will also remove situations we currently see where licensees are having to pay to dispose of their old caravans or are simply walking away from them which leaves us to chase them to recover the debt. "The park management will also be in a better position to help or assist the licensees with making better informed decisions about their caravan. "Owners with caravans over 20 years old will be granted a further one year licence providing they pass a safety test or carry out repairs requested, in order to give them a year to consider how they would like to proceed. "Alongside these changes, we're also going to be investing heavily in making some improvements to the park itself. "In addition to our new sales showground, we'll be working to modernise the caravan bays and will soon be looking to increase the facilities available onsite, as well as investing in existing facilities. "All these changes are hugely positive for Kingfisher Caravan Park and to the benefit of our licensees, with the ultimate aim of achieving five-star accreditation from Visit England."