Caravanners fears over being forced to leave

Ocean Edge Holiday Park.
Ocean Edge Holiday Park.
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Caravan owners at a resort site are furious after being told they have to quit or upgrade their vans by November.

Just three weeks ago, van owners at Ocean Edge caravan park in Heysham received letters saying that because their caravans were 20 years old, they had reached their age limit and would have to walk away or pay thousands to upgrade to newer vans.

However, many of the 37 people who received letters say the clause wasn’t in the original contract they signed, and most, who are pensioners, simply can’t afford to upgrade.

An old lady who owns acaravan on the site said: “I will strip the van and everything is coming out and I will leave the van on site. They have evicted me.”

One caravan owner said: “People are very low at the moment and worried they will be thrown off the site.

“Quite a few have been on here for an awful long while and may have to walk away from their vans despite spending a fortune on them. The letters just came out of the blue.”

Another van owner said: “Its heartbreaking and disgusting.

“If we had been told before that we were going to lose our vans we would have been able to prepare ourselves and get something sorted.”

Nigel Wimpenny, Managing Director of South Lakeland Parks, which includes Ocean Edge Holiday Park, said: “This has not been an easy decision for the company to reach and we fully understand that some of our owners on Ocean Edge will be disappointed.

“We are investing a significant amount of time and money to help them through the process of upgrading their old caravan. We are not insisting that they purchase a brand new and expensive caravan. In fact, a number have already made the decision to upgrade and we hope that others will follow and will continue to enjoy many more years on Ocean Edge.”