Residents living opposite a caravan and motorhome park in Essex are furious that their opinions on the camp site have been overruled for the second time in as many months. Villagers close to Thriftwood Caravan and Camping Park in Stansted are angry because the owners have decided to change their plans again.
Three months ago the park owners were given the green light to keep caravans and motorhomes on the site all year round. Previously they had to be closed during February, meaning they missed out on business from holidaymakers wanting a break with their children during half term. The owners have now been given permission to plant thirty laurel and fifteen holly bushes to shield the park from the vision of residents. However, neighbours are worried that this added privacy may mean planning permission on the site is broken without anybody noticing.
Resident Yvonne Tisson said: “The site keeps getting bigger and I’m sure there are people living there all the time, it’s no longer just a holiday site. Putting more hedges up just means they’ll be able to get away with expanding further. I have had to jump into my neighbour’s garden when large motorhomes come flying round the corner. It’s impacting too much on the village and the place just can’t sustain it – where’s it going to stop?”
The campsite is very popular with mobile home owners who are taking out motorhome insurance and heading off for a break in what is a beautiful area of the United Kingdom. In 2011 there were 7,000 visitors to the site and they all used the local shops, pubs and restaurants which is good for the economy. If the camp site was closed down a large number of businesses would no longer be able to survive. The campsite owner claims they do not want to spend money on the bushes but they are doing it to help ease the tension between themselves and the locals.