Unrecorded figure ‘costing millions’

LOCAL authorities are missing out on over £4 million a year in funding grants due to permanent caravan park residency figures going unrecorded, a new report has claimed.

The Caravan Communities of the Lincolnshire Coast, a report commissioned by East Lindsey District Council and carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, interviewed hundreds of caravan coastal dwellers in East Lindsey.

The report said around 4,600 people are not included in official population records meaning ELDC and Lincolnshire County Council are counting the cost of lost revenue.

It also said the unrecorded population could hinder emergency services should a repeat of the 1953 floods occur.

One suggestion was to allow more caravan sites to open all year round, giving access to more population-based grants and increased spending in the winter months. But this would require more rigorous evacuation procedures being introduced and heating systems being of a good enough quality for inhabitation.