‘No warning’: Caravan owners anger over £1,000 price increase – ‘many of us cannot afford’

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Caravan owners at the Lyons Winkups Holiday Park in Towyn, North Wales, have seen fees rise from around £4,400 to just under £5,500 this year. Some owners have said they cannot afford the price increases.

Receipts have shown that fees were around £4,400 in October 2020.

They have since risen and are due by the beginning of March 2022.

Caravan owners at a neighbouring site in Prestatyn claim their fees have increased, with some claiming a rise of up to £800.

A caravan owner at the Winkups park, who did not want to give their name, said: “We have been sent invoices with no warning, with another £1,000 which now makes the fee over £5,000, which many of us cannot afford.

“There are some wondering what they are going to do and may have to sell up because they can’t afford to keep them anymore,” they told North Wales Live.

However, the company which owns the two parks said fees have “not increased over the past two years”.

They also said fees would only be increasing in line with inflation for 2022.

A spokesperson for Lyons Holiday Parks, which owns 13 sites in North Wales including Winkups, said the claims were false.

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They told North Wales Live: “Site fees at Lyons Winkups and Lido Beach have not increased over the past two years, and will only be increasing in 2022 in line with inflation.

“However, we understand that owners at both parks were estranged from their holiday homes during lockdown which is why a goodwill gesture was offered to owners who were affected by the pandemic in the autumn of 2020.”

This included a part-credit on site fees for the period that travel was prohibited by the national and Welsh Governments from March until July 2020.

It also included individual bar vouchers as well as a card entitling owners to almost a third off food and drink at selected Lyons venues.

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