Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ros in the Lords: Written Question - Park Homes

Here's another of Ros's interventions that I hadn't covered, from 28 June 2011...

Ros has been concerned about the impact of the less reputable park home sites, especially given that many of the residents of such properties are relatively elderly and therefore vulnerable. There are a number of such sites in Mid Suffolk, where land is cheap, and campaigners have encouraged Ros to seek action from the Government.

Baroness Scott of Needham Market (Liberal Democrat)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to bring forward legislation regarding park homes; and, if so, when.

Baroness Hanham (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Conservative)

The Department for Communities and Local Government plans to carry out a consultation in England during the summer on measures to improve the licensing regime which applies to park home and caravan sites so local authorities are better equipped and resourced to tackle problems of poor management in the sector. It also plans to consult on improvements to the buying and selling process of park homes to prevent the unacceptable practice of the blocking of lawful sales by unscrupulous site owners and to provide an effective means of redress for residents where this happens.

Since then, of course, there has been some movement, with Peter Black's efforts in the Welsh Senedd, and increasing pressure on this issue from, amongst others, Annette Brooke MP and Stephen Gilbert MP.

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