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Caravan owners being ‘held to ransom’ over UK holiday park ultimatum – upgrade or leave

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A number of owners at the Causeway Coast Holiday Park, Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, said they were told this week their licences would not be renewed at the end of the year unless they upgrade their caravans. The new models could cost around £40,000 and many of the owners are still paying off the finance on their current caravans.

“We have basically been told that park licences will not be renewed when they end next year unless we upgrade our caravans, which will cost around £40,000.

“There are over 80 families who have been told they will have to get a new caravan or leave, after having been here for years and brought our children up coming here.

“A lot of families use these caravans as a place to look after their disabled children as they cannot go on holiday abroad and it is a special place for them.

“Many of us are still paying off our caravans and have invested thousands into them to make sure they are of the very best standard, and now we are told we have to get new ones or leave.

Tom McNeill, manager of Causeway Coast Holiday Park, said they presented all the options available to the caravan owners.

He said: “Each one will come back to us and we will see what we can do with them and work with them. Most are not until the end of next year so there is quite a bit of notice.

“We were just hoping to give everyone as much notice as possible regarding their site licence agreement and this is all registered by BH and HPA (British Holiday and Home Parks Association) and it is the same across the board in other caravan parks.

“The options have been laid out to them and they can come and discuss about what we do going forward, I wouldn’t want to comment on any individual cases because each are different.

“They have signed a lease agreement of 10 years or more and that is agreed with BH & HPA.

“We are giving them a good bit of notice, which we thought was a good thing to do rather than it sneaking up on them at the end of next year.”

Express.co.uk have contacted Hagans Leisure for a comment.

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