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All-year occupancy at caravan parks 'will help Skegness businesses'

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

Skegness Town Council

Last month, Skegness Town Council's planning committee were impressed by plans to extend the site's leisure facilities but were unable to support an application to allow year-round caravan occupation at Southview Leisure Park

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ALL-year round occupancy at caravan parks will support local businesses and the economy, according to the president of a park home action group.

David Stubbs, president of Beacon Park Action Group, contacted the Target after reading our story on the planning applications for the neighbouring Southview Leisure Park on Burgh Road.

Skegness Town Council's planning committee objected to plans to remove a condition which prevents caravans being lived in between January 6 and the last day of February in any one year.

Although the application will be determined by East Lindsey District Council, Skegness Town Council as a statutory consultee, objected to the plans on the grounds of flood risk and the impact 12 months occupancy will have on local amenities.

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The committee did support a separate application for an extension of Southview's leisure facilities.

Mr Stubbs said Beacon Park is also considering applying for a 12 month occupancy.

He was attending a planning meeting to voice his concerns to the town council.

He told the Target: "If the committee has not supported Southview's application, it is more than likely they will not support ours either."

Mr Stubbs, who pays council tax to East Lindsey District Council and works in the area, said for eight weeks of the year, he has to relocate to a holiday flat because he cannot stay at his caravan at Beacon Park all year round.

He said: "This is not a flood risk area. The doctors and hospitals will not be affected as in winter time, it is a quieter time anyway and they are more busy in the summer when it is holiday season.

"I feel if 12 month occupancy was allowed, it would boost the local economy if more people can stay here all year round rather than finding alternative accommodation or even leaving the area for eight weeks.

"I just don't understand why the town council don't want to see money coming into Skegness during the winter months."

Councillor Carl Macey, who is chairman of the town council's planning committee, said all applications have to be judged on their own merit and the decision is made the whole committee.

He said: "Every committee member has their own views and the majority felt they could not support this application.

"Mr Stubbs has raised the Beacon Park issue with us and I have been working alongside Councillor Sid Dennis and the issue will now be discussed at the next Skegness Area Committee on October 8. We hope to have someone from the planning department and the Environment Agency who can give a bit of background so we can help progress the issue further."

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  • Linc0lnTriker  |  October 02 2012, 2:20PM

    Yeah lincoln_biker, you pillock. One of your links supposedly posted to support your ill informed opinions, often touted as fact, has turned out, once again, to be all fart and no poo!!

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  • M_C_Donald  |  October 02 2012, 12:47PM

    Lincoln Biker I think you have misread the website you have linked to. If a caravan is being used as a residence you are charged council tax. Moving out for 8 weeks is irrelevant as it is still a residence. Mr Stubbs has admitted that the caravan is his residence QED. The reference you have linked to refers to unoccupied caravans. Mr Stubbs' caravan is not unoccupied he just goes away for eight weeks.

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  October 02 2012, 11:53AM

    "What part of "Mr Stubbs who pays council tax" didn't you understand Lincoln_Biker" That has to be on a different property, otherwise why would he be moaning about having to leave his beloved caravan for 8 weeks? And if he's paying council tax on a static caravan that he vacates, then more fool him. http://tinyurl.com/8pjzdhy

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  October 02 2012, 11:05AM

    "Mr Stubbs, who pays council tax to East Lindsey District Council and works in the area, said for eight weeks of the year, he has to relocate to a holiday flat because he cannot stay at his caravan at Beacon Park all year round." What part of "Mr Stubbs who pays council tax" didn't you understand Lincoln_Biker?

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  October 02 2012, 10:27AM

    "I feel if 12 month occupancy was allowed, it would boost the local economy if more people can stay here all year round rather than finding alternative accommodation or even leaving the area for eight weeks" But by leaving the van unattended for 8 weeks, you do not have to pay council tax. If it's that bad, go and move into a static caravan park that allows people to live-in all year and pay some council tax. http://tinyurl.com/9w79oso

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  • 917199  |  October 02 2012, 10:08AM

    Wow I didnt know that. I was in a van last november and froze my ...... Off. After having to de-ice the inside of the van we called it quits and headed home, blooming crazy staying in a van all year round without proper insulation.

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