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Washing line ban in safety fears

Sheerness Holiday Park
Park Holidays UK bans washing lines at all its sites

Holidaymakers at a caravan site in Kent have formed a protest group after being ordered to take down their rotary washing lines over safety fears.

Managers at Sheerness Holiday Park, on the Isle of Sheppey, said they had decided to enforce an established rule because of health and safety fears.

Some caravan owners have pledged to boycott the ban and others have set up an online protest group on Facebook.

Site manager Donna Hough said lines posed a danger for playing children.

She said: "We've got a lot more people coming down and rather than just staying the weekends they're going for the week or more now and we have to look at the health and safety aspects of the rotary lines.

Caravan owner Brenda Shier said the new rules were 'childish'

"They do protrude quite a lot."

The site, which is owned by Park Holidays UK, accommodates hundreds of visitors and has four tumble dryers in its laundrettes.

The company said it had a ban on the washing lines on all its sites in the UK.

Brenda Shier, a caravan owner, said: "I can't see any harm myself in hanging your washing out, getting it dry and putting the rotary airer back under the caravan."

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