TOURISM will be affected if caravaners are forced to take their vehicles home with them.
That was the claim made by campsite owner Robert Barton of Caer Mynydd Caravan and Camping Park in Saron near Denbigh.
He is concerned he will lose custom and the county will lose visitors because of Denbighshire County Council’s plans to crack down on those using sites as a permanent residence.
“The council has decided to do away with seasonal tourers and it’s going to have a terrible impact on the industry,” he said.
“It could take away people’s livelihoods, if they get their way sites won’t survive.”
He also claimed it could mean disabled people and pensioners are put off visiting caravan sites altogether because they would struggle to set up and take everything down every time they wanted a weekend away.
A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council said the authority’s planning and public protection officers were investigating better regulation of holiday caravan sites due to concerns some were being used as permanent homes.
“Part of this will involve ensuring holiday caravan parks operate within their existing planning and licensing controls.
“Some sites have been given consent for touring caravan use and others for static caravan use.
“The main principle will be to ensure the sites are being used for genuine holiday purposes as opposed to residential occupation.”
But Mr Barton claimed there were better, fairer ways of clamping down on anyone flouting their licence agreements such as asking campsite users for proof of their permanent home address.
“Tourists will just choose to go elsewhere,” he added.
“It’s going to cost jobs and the impact will be devastating.”
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