Owned Static Caravan/Mobile Homes

People who own mobile homes/static caravans at parks in Scotland are not allowed to visit these currently. Many of these mobile homes are solely owned - and not rented out . The only people that normally use these are the mobile home owners. We should allow limited opening of holiday home parks as follows - - Parks should be accessible by owners (only) of mobile homes at the parks . There's no difference in a family currently staying at their own home - versus staying at their holiday home , assuming that the mobile home is solely for that family's own use - Parks shouldn't open their shops/bars/restaurants/other on site attractions - Parks shouldn't open their communal toilet and shower blocks (most modern mobile homes have built in showers) - Parks reception areas should be opened but adhere to social distancing - Mobile home owners would still be allowed to shop for provisions (as they current can do while locked-down in their own homes)

Why the contribution is important

Many people are paying site fees for mobile homes that they cannot use currently . This should be changed. Opening up the mobile home parks (for owners only) would allow owners to at least have a change of location to be locked-down within . This would also allow owners to take their daily exercise close to where their mobile home park's are located. Often these parks are near the coast, or in country areas - where walking provisions are much easier and less crowded that cities where their primary residence is located This provision could be made easily - without any significantly more exposure to Caronavirus that people have right now. The commute between their own homes and holiday homes would normally be done by car - with only family members involved. There's no additional exposure here. For many mobile home owners - this would be a great benefit . This would allow them to utilize an asset that they are currently paying for, help alleviate the feeling of imprisonment currently felt by many people being largely locked in their own homes and generally make people feel as if we are starting to make some progress towards more less stringent lock-down methods. I believe this additional risk/exposure people would get to the virus is very negligible in relation to the suggestion that people should be able to visit their mobile homes on sites throughout Scotland .

by roberthamilton on May 05, 2020 at 04:18PM

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  • Posted by Montydog May 05, 2020 at 16:26

    We have static caravan on small private site, owners only. We are paying high fees for such a quality site. Surely site could be re opened with proviso of say owners only and only 2 people allowed. The area is dependant on business from us so this would help small business get back up and running
  • Posted by AlexMD May 05, 2020 at 16:30

    Another thing that should never have been closed. No logical reason to continue closure.
  • Posted by jdmacd May 05, 2020 at 16:36

    Agree with above. In same position
  • Posted by ljk84 May 05, 2020 at 16:58

    completely agree
  • Posted by PB0307 May 05, 2020 at 17:03

    Don't agree. Car owners are still paying insurance and road tax while not being allowed to use their vehicles. This isn't a holiday, it's a pandemic.
  • Posted by MOre May 05, 2020 at 17:09

    Coming to a caravan site in a pandemic is crazy, you could be bringing the virus with you and therefore infecting the small and often elderly population that live in the surrounding area, also there is usually only a small cottage hospital and small village shops which might not be able to cope with an influx of tourists, the caravan will still be there but the residents might not, why risk other people’s life
  • Posted by Rachael2312 May 05, 2020 at 17:32

    Villagers who live near these parks do not want people coming to the caravans. The local shop is a lifeline for older residents and a sudden influx of people from outside risk lives.
  • Posted by Puffin May 05, 2020 at 17:42

    I am an owner of a static caravan in Scotland also, but totally disagree that caravan parks should be reopened at this time. While I can understand that Fees cost a lot of money this is a choice to own a holiday home, and at this time unessential travel is not allowed. It should also be said that some owners on sites rent out to help cover fees also. The people who live locally are worried during this pandemic, about when sites re open, as in what others are going to be bringing with them, will the holiday home owners be using local shops and other services, will cases rise. Some sites while closed are offering a refund of site fees for the time owners cannot use their caravan. Our holiday homes will still be there when lock down is lifted. It is not worth risking peoples lives.
  • Posted by Davidbn70 May 05, 2020 at 17:47

    Open them but not leisure facilities until its safe. Touring sites should also be open. Denmark never closed their’s and put in restrictions.
  • Posted by Seymore May 05, 2020 at 19:21

    I thought Robert Hamilton’s post was very good but I disagree that the site fees are a valid argument. Others are also suffering from not being able to use their possessions and facilities. In any case, holiday home owners should get a refund of a full year’s business rates and for a portion of the rest of their fees from the parks. In addition to Robert’s comments I would add that hard hit park owners and operators, and often wider rural economies, depend on seasonal income from holiday home owners. Over extending closures may have long-lasting and significant impact for communities. As elsewhere, responsible behaviour and especially social distancing will be key.
  • Posted by Robert866 May 06, 2020 at 12:10

    Where a site has touring pitches Motorhomes and Caravans should be allowed as well. Shared facilities could remain closed since modern campers and caravans have perfectly adequate facilities on board. Social distancing could be easily enforced.
  • Posted by ianmac May 06, 2020 at 12:42

    No reason why caravan sites should remain closed. If objectors think of the bigger picture; respect the TTI policy to be adopted there should not be a problem. Social distancing to be respected and sensible risk management is surely the Scottish Government approach to be taken forward.
  • Posted by DarrenRedfern May 06, 2020 at 13:49

    Static Caravans, touring vans and motorhomes have to keep far apart due to current fire regulations there would be little need additional measures for social distancing. Most modern units have their own toilets and showers, and therefore there would be little need to use any shared facilities. Indeed this type of holiday would be far safer than any other type of accommodation as everyone would be in their own box and using their own facilities.
  • Posted by Free May 06, 2020 at 23:10

    Agree, but not due to site fees. Just a good space to socially distance. At the moment everytime we use or campervan as a vehicle to get essential shopping we suffer abuse. The government need to start messaging on mot abusing others, being quick to judge when you do not know others situation.
  • Posted by Billcowan May 07, 2020 at 07:06

    I agree with above comments Motorhome club sites have a six metre rule, this social distancing can be maintained
  • Posted by Ken2022 May 08, 2020 at 08:36

    No, another cash first, virus and locals second, just another selfish excuse that risks spreading the virus.
  • Posted by user1234 May 08, 2020 at 17:05

    I believe people should be permitted to stay in their own private static caravan. In my situation my caravan is much more isolated than my home and I come into much less contact with other people there than I do in my house. It is totally self contained so I would not have to use communal shower or toilet blocks. It is also within 20 miles of my home so I would still be using the same main supermarket than if I were at home and also the same hospital should I fall ill so would put no more strain on the local area than if I was at home. This would help greatly with the mental ability to cope with an extended lockdown.
  • Posted by HighlandLass May 08, 2020 at 18:50

    Open to owners no facilities etc particularly if you are not leaving your own healthcare region
  • Posted by Nickeir May 09, 2020 at 08:45

    I fully support the proposal above for the reasons given.
  • Posted by C5tuk May 09, 2020 at 16:08

    No reason why this wouldn't work, caravans wither tourers or static on seasonal pitches already have there own facilities and are spaced out, would be easy to Social distance
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