Cavan owners' celebrate 'small victory'

Holidaymakers at Skipsea Sands Caravan Park were furious after being told to get rid of wooden decking by the end of the year

Holidaymakers at Skipsea Sands Caravan Park were furious after being told to get rid of wooden decking by the end of the year

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Holidaymakers are celebrating a ‘small victory’ after plans to force owners to remove wooden decking from their caravans were postponed.

Caravan owners at Skipsea Sands were furious after being told to get rid of the decking by December 31, because it could pose a fire hazard.

It was claimed the rule was an “injustice” being imposed on them and owners vowed to challenge the enforcement.

Park Resorts, who manage the site, have now extended the deadline by a year after the general manager spoke with a number of owners.

Ron Cotton has been at the site for nine years and argues he and other owners would be unable to afford the new uPVC decking being offered by Park Resorts.

Ron said: “Around 100 caravan owners attended a meeting on Saturday 14 November.

“The meeting had been scheduled for some time, but we had since received this letter from Andy Cressey, the general manager.

“He has realised that people can’t afford new decking at this time of year and the way they have gone about it all has upset a lot of people.”

In a letter to all owners, he said: “Whilst the other elements are generally understood and acknowledged, the cost of a replacement decking (for those considering an upgrade) is obviously more substantial and hence people have asked for more time to plan their finances.

“I am pleased to confirm that I have taken the decision to allow timber deckings to remain in place for a further 12 months until December 31 2016.”

However Ron and other owners say they will still be unable to afford the new decking in a year’s time, and will also miss out on a 15 per cent discount.

Ron added: “If we order new decking before December 31 we receive the discount, but won’t after that. Many people are pensioners and are on a fixed income. If people can’t afford it now, why do Park Resorts think they can afford it in 12 months time?”

Ron said owners at Skipsea Sands are to launch a new website where holidaymakers will be able to share news and talk about ongoing developments at the site.

Park Resorts had previously told the Free Press that the proposed changes were intended to improve the aesthetics of the site.