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.

According to Belfast Live, the owners believe their current caravans could still last them for many years.

An email was sent to the owners this week regarding the licence they have with Hagans Leisure at the Causeway Coast Holiday Park.

It read: “We would like to bring to you attention the fact that it expires on December 31, 2022 and cannot be renewed after this date.

“We are giving you as much notice as possible, so we can work together to enable you to continue as an owner on Causeway Coast Holiday Park if you wish to do so.

“We can arrange an upgrade package for you to a new 2021/2022 Model caravan and can of course offer finance packages on all new caravans.

“Alternatively, we can get you a valuation to buy your caravan back from you depending on your finances.”

Owners say they feel like they are being held to ransom and will lose the holiday homes they have already spent tens of thousands if they do not buy another one.

One caravan owner said: “We feel like we are being held to ransom.


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“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.

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