12:30PM, Friday 16 October 2015
A group of holiday home owners say the decision to evict them from a caravan site in Windsor with just three months notice represents the ‘death of a holiday park’.
Caravan owners at the Racecourse Marina, in Maidenhead Road, have been issued with an eviction notice which told them to leave the park when their plot licence expires in December.
The site’s owners, Tingdene Marina Ltd, said the decision was based on the company’s intention to ‘upgrade and modernise the park’.
But the caravan owners, who pay nearly £4,000 a year in rent, say they should have been notified earlier.
They now face the prospect of having to sell their prized caravans for scrap value because many do not have room to store them at their permanent homes.
Doreen Ford has rented a plot at the holiday home site for the last 13 years with her husband Alan.
She said: “Our view of it is there’s been a lack of care and loyalty to people that have given a lot of money to this company over the years.
“Had they given us more time and told us earlier this was the last year of our contract, we would’ve felt we’d been dealt with fairly.”
Another caravan owner, who did not wish to be named, said: “We’ve all loved being here. I call it the death of a holiday park.”
Jean Soper has rented a plot at Racecourse Marina for the last five years and has had to sell her caravan to scrap merchants for just £850. She originally bought it for £16,000.
Jean, who is also fighting a battle with cancer, said: “It’s caused me a lot of stress and it has affected my health. We’re all devastated. We feel like we’ve lost a way of life.”
In a letter to the caravan owners, sent on Monday, September 21, Tingdene Marina Ltd said: “We appreciate our decision may be disappointing to you. Our decision is based solely on our intention to upgrade and modernise the park. This upgrade will see the removal of all the caravans at the park.”
The company did not wish to comment further when approached by the Express.
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