In October 2019, East Lindsey District Council informed residents of the Kingfisher Caravan Park in Ingoldmells that a 15-year-age limit would be imposed on the site’s leisure vehicles. The council said that this limit can be increased with up to five, one-year extensions, but residents said that this offered no guarantees.
This decision left owners facing a loss of thousands of pounds if they are forced to move, sell or scrap their vehicles.
More than 100 of the site’s residents are taking the council to court over the limit, which was set to be imposed at the end of this year.
According to Lincolnshire Live, a Freedom of Information request has revealed that since October 2019, the District Council has incurred legal costs of £26,697.
Stuart Allen, who is representing those taking the council to court, spoke of the decision to take the council to court.
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“They could have avoided all of this, and they still could avoid it, but instead they’re still not trying and they’re still costing taxpayers’ money.”
East Lindsey District Council previously said it was negotiating with residents.
This was being done to try and increase the age limit by offering ten, one-year extensions.
In August, the residents accused East Lindsey District Council of “not caring about working-class people” with the age limits.
This claim was made in a letter about the issue, which was sent to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak.
A part of the letter read: “The obvious thing to do commercially is to stop the process, concede the mistakes and encourage the owners that are left to stop with the council.
“Some would stop and upgrade, others would tell people that everything has gone back to the way it should be and the site is again a wonderful place to be – encouraging new sales and increasing income.
“The council should set an example of good business practice and should be operating without discrimination to the financial capability of an individual.
“When the council did this hard hand ‘accept or leave’ approach, other sites kept an eye on them. They saw that the council could do it and so they followed suit.
“What message does this put out – the council doesn’t care about the working-class people.”
At the time, East Lindsey District Council gave this statement: “As a council that listens to its customers, we are currently consulting our licensees about the possibility of increasing the maximum age limit of caravans at our park.
“Feedback so far has been very positive and we thank all of those who have responded already.
“We want to hear from as many licensees as possible and really hope everyone takes the opportunity to feedback their thoughts on the proposal we have set out.”