Flowers fall-out at caravan park sees pensioner parting ways

A pensioner claims she has been forced off a South Tyneside holiday park after a decade.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 1:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 1:43 pm
Jane Maill

Jane Maill, 77, has been renting a space at Lizard Lane Caravan Park, Marsden, for 10 years but claims over the past three years she has made to feel unwelcome by the owners – with the last straw coming when she was told to remove flowers from outside her caravan.

The owners say the dispute was down to a misunderstanding and that they are sorry to see her go.

Lizard Lane Caravan Park, South Shields.

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Mrs Maill has since sold her caravan, which has been removed from the site.

She said: “It started about two to three years ago. Someone left the caravan site and I got their balcony. I was told the owners did not like it, but that I could keep it. Then I was told I had to remove some rubbish that had been left after a caravan had moved – it wasn’t my rubbish.

“I was than given some flowers after someone else left the site. I asked someone to put them underneath my caravan. Two weeks later, I was told they all had to go.

“Everyone else had plants, I couldn’t understand why I was being told I couldn’t have them. I was happy at the caravan park, I just don’t know where all of it had come from.”

Manager Graham Davidson said: “We were looking to tidy up that area of the site and flatten the ground around her caravan. We needed to remove all the plants in order to do this. I don’t know why she feels this way.

“We have known Jane since we took over the caravan park and we have not had any problems before. This has all been a miscommunication. She has since taken her caravan off the site. She had paid in advance, so she will be given a refund. I did ask if she would reconsider staying as I did not want her to go.”