A new future for Humberston Fitties as deal is finally struck to sell the site

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Oct 2017

A deal has finally been struck to sell Humberston Fitties with the new owners moving to reassure tenants there is "no hidden agenda".

North East Lincolnshire Council has completed the sale of the much-loved chalet park to one of the country’s largest park owners and operators.

Council chiefs remain tight-lipped on how much Northamptonshire-based Tingdene paid for the site but it is estimated to be more than £2 million.

The deal was completed on Wednesday and Tingdene, the new owners from Wellingborough, is now responsible for the site and is the new landlord to the chalet owners.

Tingdene was revealed at the end of March as the preferred bidder for the Humberston Fitties and Humber Mouth Yacht Club and have been in talks with the council since then to agree terms for a 125-year lease.

Paul Spriggins, director of Tingdene, said: "We are delighted that the leasehold purchase of Humberston Fitties has completed. Our focus will shortly switch to that of consultation with all tenants as we take steps towards our sustainable growth proposals for the park.

"We would like to reassure all tenants that there is no hidden agenda, the assurances we have provided have been done so to ensure transparency from day one.

“We also have a new landlord in NELC, we fully understand the responsibility that has been placed upon us by our landlord and believe that our credentials place us in a position to ensure we meet their expectations and those of whom we have become landlord to.”

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Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for Finance, Community Assets, Governance and Tourism, North East Lincolnshire Council, added: “Tingdene have impressed me with their commitment and vision to working with tenants to make the most of the site and its future.

“Securing investment from such a high profile company is one example of how we’re working to strengthen the local economy for the benefit of everyone in the borough.

“In terms of the site’s character, the Humberston Fitties Chalet Park has been a conservation area since 1996. This means there are strict rules over development to help preserve its unique character for everyone’s benefit.

“I believe this represents the best deal for the Council and the people of North East Lincolnshire and I look forward to seeing the Fitties flourish under its new owners.”

As part of the negotiations, Tingdene agreed to invest in The Fitties to make sure the park meets modern standards and ensure complete compliance with fire safety, traffic management and flood management.

Founded in 1969, the Tingdene Group of companies first established itself as the leading Park Home manufacturer in the country and since then has expanded its range of operations into becoming one of the UK's largest operators and owners of residential park homes estates, inland marinas, caravan parks, lodge parks and chalet parks.

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