Caravan site rejects holidaymaker with caravan popular with travellers

The Northern Echo: PRIVATELY OWNED: Ottering Park caravan site, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire. PRIVATELY OWNED: Ottering Park caravan site, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

A HOLIDAY-MAKER has hit out after being refused entry to a site because he owns a caravan popular with travellers.

Businessman Thomas Newby was hoping to stay with his family at Otterington Park caravan site, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, this weekend.

However, when his wife, Nicola, rang to book, she was told they were not welcome because the family had a Hobby caravan.

The woman who answered the phone admitted it was because of the make's association with the travelling community. Mr Newby, 31, said: "I am frankly disgusted by her attitude and clearly discriminatory behaviour.

"We are not travellers, though that is beside the point.

"To discriminate against a family because of the manufacturer of caravan they choose to buy is unbelievable."

Mr Newby's company The Phoenix Works, which installs solar panels, is exhibiting at this weekend's North Yorkshire County Show at nearby Otterington Hall.

He said: "It was our intention to stay Friday and Saturday night so we would be relaxed ahead of the show on Sunday.

"We've not been able to find any other accommodation in the area so we will not just have to travel up that morning."

In response to the complaint, Otterington Park owner Carol Bowe said the site was privately owned.

She added: "We can take who we want and refuse who we want.

"A lot of caravan parks don't take Hobby caravans because of the association with Gypsies.

"We've had Gypsies in Hobby caravans before and we ended up having the police here.

"You get one Hobby caravan and you get more."

German company Hobby is Europe's biggest caravan manufacturer.

Richard Thomspon, managing director of Hobby Caravans and Motorhomes UK Ltd, which imports the caravans into Britain, said that the vast majority of Hobby caravans were sold to the general public for recreational use.

He added that some of the company's models were also popular with the travelling community because they were bigger than UK-built caravans.

Mr Thompson said it was rare, but not unheard of, for sites to refuse to admit Hobby caravans.

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1:26pm Wed 15 Jun 11

smokin says...

the site I use has loads of the hobby caravans on and none of them are "Gypsies" this is shocking I think people should boycott this site I certainly wouldn't use it
the site I use has loads of the hobby caravans on and none of them are "Gypsies" this is shocking I think people should boycott this site I certainly wouldn't use it smokin
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2:33pm Thu 16 Jun 11

spiderman2000 says...

not unusual we have a hobby caravan and have been turned away loads! Most recently we tried to book at Flamingo Land and they have the same policy! We are a respectable family :-)
not unusual we have a hobby caravan and have been turned away loads! Most recently we tried to book at Flamingo Land and they have the same policy! We are a respectable family :-) spiderman2000
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10:48am Sun 19 Jun 11

llrides says...

Would they have turned a visiting German or Dutch family away? Hobbies are not manufactured for one community Hobby are one of the largest manufacture in Europe, we have a Hobby and have never been refused entry to any site we have visited we also go abroad a lot and visit sites in Belgium Holland France and Spain, I have never heard once of a UK built caravan been turned away because sorry your door is on the wrong side, many now have movers fitted and can position a van in any required position without major inconvenience.
Would they have turned a visiting German or Dutch family away? Hobbies are not manufactured for one community Hobby are one of the largest manufacture in Europe, we have a Hobby and have never been refused entry to any site we have visited we also go abroad a lot and visit sites in Belgium Holland France and Spain, I have never heard once of a UK built caravan been turned away because sorry your door is on the wrong side, many now have movers fitted and can position a van in any required position without major inconvenience. llrides
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8:38am Mon 20 Jun 11

euro£s says...

Tax caravans road tax samESe as cars
Tax caravans road tax samESe as cars euro£s
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