Fisheries site owners say ‘see for yourself’

ALLEGATIONS gypsies and illegal immigrants are living at a Caistor caravan park are not true – says the owner of the site.

The Rasen Mail this week confronted Caistor Fisheries over residents’ allegations the site was home to illegal immigrants, gypsies and that it was like the illegal Essex travellers’ site Dale Farm.

Owners Margaret and Mike Rybakowski – who have full planning permission for the caravan park which opened in 2006 – laughed at the accusations and invited the public and authorities to take a look around their caravan park.

Mrs Rybakowski said: “There’s no way we have anything in common with Dale Farm. Everyone can come and have a look around the site – they can check everything and won’t find anything there shouldn’t be. We don’t have any illegal immigrants or gypsies staying here at all.

“We don’t even have any permanent residents. We have some people who work in the area and stay here during the week but that’s it.”

The Brigg Road caravan park – which has four static caravans and space for 34 touring caravans and ten tents – attracts holidaymakers and people who want to go fishing in the site’s three ponds.

Proposals submitted to West Lindsey District Council for another caravan park on Brigg Road have annoyed some residents and Caistor Fisheries became caught up in the dispute last week when someone wrote to the Rasen Mail defending the planning application and criticised the existing caravan park on the road.

Mrs Rybakowski, who is neither in favour or against another caravan park opening in Caistor, said: “We just want to do the best we can for our visitors and many of them come back again and again.

“It’s a lovely, quiet and clean site with excellent facilities. The fishing here is very good and we have a great cafe.

“We contribute to the local economy because we don’t have a shop on site so people have to go into Caistor. We have a good relationship with the local taxi firm, and we give welcome packs to people which list all the pubs, restaurants and takeaways in the area and their phone numbers. We even give the menu when we can.”

The Rybakowskis have been based in Brigg Road for 22 years and used to run a wholesale garden centre from the site.

Mr Rybakowski said he was forced to resubmit a planning application for the whole site last year after a string of complaints from residents about things such as the entrance sign being too close to the main road.