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Carry on caravanning in Lincolnshire

Tim Iredale | 16:24 UK time, Friday, 19 March 2010

Caravans on Lincolnshire coast

Now here's an interesting piece of trivia...

Which part of Europe has the highest concentration of caravans?

Could it be the Cote D'Azur? Or the Costa Brava perhaps?

Well, it's Lincolnshire.

Yes, the Lincolnshire coast has more caravans per square mile than anywhere else on the continent.

According to a recent report by Lincolnshire County Council and the Environment Agency there are around 40,000 caravans and mobile homes between the Humber and the Wash.

Many are permanent residents and this is causing a real headache for local authorities, because the majority of caravan owners don't pay council tax yet still use local services, which puts an extra burden on those who do have to cough up.

East Lindsey District Council is trying to encourage residents who use a caravan as their main home to be included in next year's census.

That will enable council chiefs to ask for more money from central government on the basis of having a larger population.

So could we see Alistair Darling announcing a new "caravan tax" in next week's budget?

Unlikely, but any future occupant of 11 Downing Street will have to look at ways of plugging this coastal funding gap.


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