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Rookley caravan owners face £1.6 million losses

A caravan being craned out of Rookley Country Park. Picture by Gloria Grant.

A caravan being craned out of Rookley Country Park. Picture by Gloria Grant.

David Newble

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:00

ISLAND MP Bob Seely has pledged to help caravan owners at Rookley Country Park, who face losing their holiday homes and, jointly, an estimated £1.57 million after a takeover of the park.
As reported by the County Press last month, around 70 devastated residents and holiday caravan owners were shocked to discover they were being forced to leave the park to make way for regeneration.
Island View Holidays was sold earlier this year and the new owners plan to invest in the holiday park.
New lodges around the lake, upgraded entertainment and pool areas and new hire caravans have been promised but existing caravan owners are having to leave to make room for it all.
Some owners are already moving their caravans while others have longer to find new homes for them, although there are fears not all will find suitable sites.
Rookley Country Park has 'sincerely apologised' for the upheaval the situation has caused.
At a meeting held at the Chequers pub last Thursday, around 30 owners heard from campaigner and caravan owner, Paul St John Martin, about the likely cost to current owners of the new site owner's plans.
He revealed the caravan owners jointly looked likely to be out of pocket by more than £1.5 million when they lose the vans.
Mr Seely said he had great sympathy for the residents' plight and pledged to help them.
He said he would be writing to the site's new owners, an American company, although he accepted, as the residents did, the firm was acting legally.
He had also contacted Citizens' Advice and supported a request by residents for compensation packages, based on the losses they could suffer.
He added he would also be looking into lobbying Parliament about the issues raised.
Rookley Park said: "Unfortunately, the extent of the work required is such some owners will have to move their holiday homes elsewhere."

 


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