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