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Olympics force caravan site closure

A caravan park in the Lee Valley regional park area is set to close for redevelopment ahead of the Olympic Games in 2012, according to local reports.

Around 100 static caravans are situated on the site, with its southern area destined to become an £11 million canoe course.

Work begins early next year and after the Games the site will become a water vole refuge. This hasn’t pleased plot holders who won’t all be able to relocate to another park in east London.

One such plot holder told the Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Mercury: “The caravan park has been such for over 20 years and is an extremely pleasant and well laid out site.”

“I bought the caravan as a retirement haven for myself and it’s suited me down to the ground. The caravan site has been updated over the last four years – what a waste.”

However, a spokesman for the park told the paper that the decision would benefit the area.

“It was not a decision taken lightly; however siting the Olympic white water canoe slalom course at Spitalbrook brings enormous benefits to the area and the region,” he said.