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Council concerns in Lincolnshire

Council concerns in LincolnshireLincolnshire could be missing out on thousands of pounds in council tax as people are choosing to live permanently in caravans, the county council has said.

The authority has commissioned a study to look at the financial impact of the issue in coastal areas.

East Lindsey District Council, which covers Skegness, is also planning to visit every caravan site in its area.

Councillor Craig Leyland, from East Lindsey District Council, commented: ‘It’s a double-edged sword. We have to remember that people living on the coast will bring money in to the local economy.

‘The downside is we have a strain on things like doctors.’

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He said the district council also wanted to get a clearer picture of how many people were living in caravans on the coast, due to the risk of flooding in those areas.

However, a woman living permanently at a holiday caravan park in Skegness said she paid full council tax at an A banding and wanted the rate reduced because the council did not provide street lighting, empty rubbish bins or repair the roads.

Dan Ellacott, from the National Association of Caravan Owners (Naco), said the issue of tax was confusing but advises people not to make a holiday caravan their full-time home.