Excessive storage fees/increases

Paddie replied on 25/11/2020 12:12

Posted on 25/11/2020 12:12

Does anyone else think that the club is charging excessive fees for caravan storage and that a 11% increase in storage fees for next year is EXCESSIVE IN THE EXTREME after a year when people,at best received 80% of their pay?

I called to ask for the reason for this and was told the increase was inflationary!  What a crock; inflation is 1.7%.

I store in Ashwell in Hertfordshire and after the price hike last year, many caravans were taken off storage.  The temporary warden told us that they had 'hemorrhaged' storage pitch members, so why another incredulous increase?  It's not as if the storage compound is on decent ground either!

This is meant to be a club, run for the benefit of the members, but how they expect members to keep finding extra money when they are on fixed pension incomes is a mystery to me!

To top it all, the latest magazine has the AGM notes in it, which proudly states the  £m's that the club has made in the last year.  

There are NO grounds for the pure greed of these latest price hikes.

so after 15 years of storing on a club storage compound, I am going to take my caravan off storage and hope other members following suit if they are able to.  

I will no longer use club sites either as they cost for these has become prohibitive while the pitches have got smaller.

Cornersteady replied on 25/11/2020 12:40

Posted on 25/11/2020 12:12 by Paddie

Does anyone else think that the club is charging excessive fees for caravan storage and that a 11% increase in storage fees for next year is EXCESSIVE IN THE EXTREME after a year when people,at best received 80% of their pay?

I called to ask for the reason for this and was told the increase was inflationary!  What a crock; inflation is 1.7%.

I store in Ashwell in Hertfordshire and after the price hike last year, many caravans were taken off storage.  The temporary warden told us that they had 'hemorrhaged' storage pitch members, so why another incredulous increase?  It's not as if the storage compound is on decent ground either!

This is meant to be a club, run for the benefit of the members, but how they expect members to keep finding extra money when they are on fixed pension incomes is a mystery to me!

To top it all, the latest magazine has the AGM notes in it, which proudly states the  £m's that the club has made in the last year.  

There are NO grounds for the pure greed of these latest price hikes.

so after 15 years of storing on a club storage compound, I am going to take my caravan off storage and hope other members following suit if they are able to.  

I will no longer use club sites either as they cost for these has become prohibitive while the pitches have got smaller.

Posted on 25/11/2020 12:40

...11% increase in storage fees for next year is EXCESSIVE IN THE EXTREME

I personally would have to know what the original and after prices are before thinking anything

after a year when people,at best received 80% of their pay?

Well a few points there, not all people received 80% of their pay at best, and also how many people who stored their caravan with the club were on the furlough payment?

... when they are on fixed pension incomes is a mystery to me...

If they are on a fixed pension they won't have been affected by the 80% pay you talk about?

Are there grounds for the increase? No for you obviously but that doesn't make it the 'truth' or even pure greed? Personally I would look at the actual amount and decide based on that and other factors (like how close to home, security...) and assume others will make their decision rather than follow your hope?

Not sure what you mean by pitches getting smaller?

 

I have often said that if the club isn't offering what you want or not good value for money go elsewhere, just like any purchase.

 

Tinwheeler replied on 25/11/2020 12:48

Posted on 25/11/2020 12:40 by Cornersteady

...11% increase in storage fees for next year is EXCESSIVE IN THE EXTREME

I personally would have to know what the original and after prices are before thinking anything

after a year when people,at best received 80% of their pay?

Well a few points there, not all people received 80% of their pay at best, and also how many people who stored their caravan with the club were on the furlough payment?

... when they are on fixed pension incomes is a mystery to me...

If they are on a fixed pension they won't have been affected by the 80% pay you talk about?

Are there grounds for the increase? No for you obviously but that doesn't make it the 'truth' or even pure greed? Personally I would look at the actual amount and decide based on that and other factors (like how close to home, security...) and assume others will make their decision rather than follow your hope?

Not sure what you mean by pitches getting smaller?

 

I have often said that if the club isn't offering what you want or not good value for money go elsewhere, just like any purchase.

 

Posted on 25/11/2020 12:48

+ 1

Thanks, Corners, you saved me the trouble of writing that.

I'll just add that I'm not sure it should be the club’s concern whether members are pensioners on fixed incomes. Btw, is there such a thing these days when even the state pension increases annually?

SteveL replied on 25/11/2020 14:18

Posted on 25/11/2020 14:18

Until the access problems this year, for the quality of storage they provide the club look pretty good value for money. Ours is much more expensive, although very convient and we have had no restriction on 24/7 access. Personally I am not surprised they are trying to make a little more money from them.

JVB66 replied on 25/11/2020 14:28

Posted on 25/11/2020 14:28

I am not sure why the club storage at Ashwell has increased by so much? we are in club storage and it has increased by £10 per year on last years prices ,which when looking at other storage in this area is although pricey ,  is as expected in this part of England it is over £100 cheaper than the ccc  storage at Hertford at last years prices

Ps as others have mentioned where do you get the idea that pitches are smaller on club sites? can you expand on that comment?

or is it that LVs have got larger and as pitches on older sites may not be as big ,as newer and some reburbished sites , we have not noticed otherwise

 

EasyT replied on 25/11/2020 15:18

Posted on 25/11/2020 14:28 by JVB66

I am not sure why the club storage at Ashwell has increased by so much? we are in club storage and it has increased by £10 per year on last years prices ,which when looking at other storage in this area is although pricey ,  is as expected in this part of England it is over £100 cheaper than the ccc  storage at Hertford at last years prices

Ps as others have mentioned where do you get the idea that pitches are smaller on club sites? can you expand on that comment?

or is it that LVs have got larger and as pitches on older sites may not be as big ,as newer and some reburbished sites , we have not noticed otherwise

 

Posted on 25/11/2020 15:18

Not sure that pitches have become smaller as such but depends on how far you look back. In about August 1995 I went away with my wife and youngest daughter for about 50 nights. We used around 16 sites. At least 3 were not C sites although maybe one affiliated site. I reckon that on at least 6 of the club sites I hooked up the night before for an easy early departure after breakfast. Very few sites to be able to do that now in main school holidays.. Many were grass sites and not very well defined without the hard standings  of today. Far less competition for space as I normally phoned the next site the day before moving ad was generally able to agree arrival after 10.30

Compo replied on 25/11/2020 15:24

Posted on 25/11/2020 15:24

Hi Paddie, I agree an 11% increase does appear to be on the steep side on the face of it and I think you have done the right thing by taking your caravan out of storage if you are not happy with it. I have done the same thing this year. I stored my motorhome at Salop Leisure in Shrewsbury for many years, but after yearly increases in the charge of well over the rate of inflation each year I have decided to move it. They wanted over £600 this year which I thought was too much. Having said that, there are still many people who are prepared to pay that sort of money since the storage compound appears almost full.

Fozzie replied on 25/11/2020 17:43

Posted on 25/11/2020 17:43

What does surprise me in this particular thread, is there was a post on the CCC's forum about exactly the same issue with someone storing their caravan at the CCC Theobalds Park. 

It just seems rather odd that both Club's storage fees have risen the same.

JVB66 replied on 25/11/2020 17:52

Posted on 25/11/2020 17:43 by Fozzie

What does surprise me in this particular thread, is there was a post on the CCC's forum about exactly the same issue with someone storing their caravan at the CCC Theobalds Park. 

It just seems rather odd that both Club's storage fees have risen the same.

Posted on 25/11/2020 17:52

Our cc storage fee has gone up £10 per annum (deep breath from those who  think the north south divide is a myth) to £700 pounds  and that is/was over £100 cheaper than the ccc in same areasurprised