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Derry politician wants to see caravan park fees waived during the coronavirus pandemic

Martina Anderson raises the issue because families cannot use their holiday homes

Derry politician wants to see caravan park fees waived during the coronavirus pandemic

A Derry politician has called for caravan park fees to be waived during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Foyle Martina Anderson said several caravan owners have spoken to her about having to pay fees despite not being able to use their caravans.

“It was the right decision to close caravan parks, given the obvious dangers of people staying together in such close proximity during this pandemic," said Ms Anderson.

“It is however unfair to expect all caravan owners, many of whom have seen their incomes affected, to continue to pay a pitch fee while they have no access to their caravan.

“Park owners need to take into account the circumstances that many caravan owners are facing during these difficult times.

“They should therefore consider reducing or waiving annual and partial fees given that owners are unlikely to be able to access their caravans during the summer months at least.

“Rather that park owners collaborating to force caravan owner to pay their site fees regardless of the impact of this deadly pandemic, they should be uniting in their call on the Irish Government to put financial support in place to ensure that neither caravan owners or park owners are penalised as a result of this pandemic.”

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