New age limit rules could see caravan owners leave holiday hotspots

Caravan owners fear they may have to leave their holiday homes or turn them in for scrap after a new age limit on models was announced.

The new rules will impact  a popular site on the Lincolnshire coast.

A letter, seen by Lincolnshire Live, was sent to van owners from Fantasy Island, it announced that from March 2022, a new maximum age limit of 22 years will be implemented at its parks.

It means that as of March 1, a caravan must be a year 2000 model or newer, according to a letter caravan owners say was sent out earlier this week on September 10.

The letter states that caravan owners who have concerns about their van should contact officials for advice on an upgrade or help finding an alternative location.

It’s another blow for caravan owners in the area after East Lindsey District Council announced last year that all vans over 20 years old would have to leave Kingfisher Caravan Park.

One man, who sent Lincolnshire Live a copy of the Fantasy Island letter but wished to remain anonymous, said the rules mean he could be forced to scrap a ‘perfectly good’ van.

“I own caravans on the Fantasy Island Eastgate site in Ingoldmells and hundreds of owners have been told that the site will now introduce an age limit to the sites.

“It has left owners like me with two years left on the site, having to scrap a perfectly fine caravan, upgrade or walk away even though there has never been an age limit on the caravan parks at Fantasy Island before.

“Fantasy Island have now done what kingfisher did to their owners.

“I myself have been on the site for a good 10 years and some people only bought their caravans months ago at a cost of thousands of pounds – only to find today they will have to leave in two years’ time.”

He said the letter had been sent out to hundreds of caravan owners and said he has spoken to people who say they will be left with no choice but pay up for a new van or leave.


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