Coventry camping and caravanning club addressed fire safety concerns  - The Coventry Observer

Coventry camping and caravanning club addressed fire safety concerns 

Holly Clement 26th Jun, 2024   0

THE COVENTRY based Camping and Caravanning Club recently addressed fire safety concerns at its Derwentwater Holiday Homes site in Keswick.

The site, renowned for its scenic views of the Lake District, became the focus of scrutiny following an internal audit highlighting potential fire risks due to spacing issues between units.

In a statement attributed to Sabina Voysey, director general of The Camping and Caravanning Club, the organisation outlined the steps taken since the discovery of the spacing issues.

“In July 2023, we notified all homeowners on our Derwentwater Holiday Homes site of potential spacing issues affecting a limited number of units.

“We take our homeowners’ safety extremely seriously and have undertaken an extensive review of the situation, working in close collaboration with our local authority partners at Cumberland Council.”

The Club commissioned an independent review by fire safety experts, which, according to Voysey, highlighted no critical fire safety issues but provided some recommendations to enhance fire safety across the site – all these measures have subsequently been implemented.

“We have kept all homeowners fully informed and been transparent with them throughout the process.

“We have been in regular contact with the owners of the 69 units affected by spacing issues to inform them of the action we are planning to take to enhance the fire safety of their homes.”

This includes the installation of heat detectors in the affected units, funded entirely by the Club.

However, the situation has sparked controversy following allegations from a homeowner at the site, who claimed the Club deliberately withheld information about the fire risks from the affected homeowners.

This person is a member of the Derwentwater Holiday Home Owners Association, stated that an audit conducted in July 2023 identified 90 static caravans at risk of fire, information that was not promptly shared with the owners.

They added, the audit report, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, revealed that 54 per cent of the 166 static caravans on the site were at risk due to inadequate spacing.

They criticised the Club for delaying communication with the affected homeowners and alleged that the insurance for these caravans was invalidated due to the spacing issues.

They also claimed that the Club planned to charge homeowners for the necessary adjustments to rectify the spacing problems.

In response to these allegations, the Club reiterated their commitment to safety and transparency, highlighting the measures taken to address the identified risks and their ongoing efforts to enhance fire safety at the site.

The Club’s leadership, including the director general, defended their actions, emphasising that all recommendations from the independent review had been implemented and that they had maintained regular communication with both homeowners and the local authority.

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