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Cameron Sympathises With Park Home Owners

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks out about rogue park home operators

There have been some harrowing cases about park home owners suffering abuse and intimidation at the hands of corrupt park home site owners. On 7th July MP Annette Brooke asked the PM for his views and if he is willing to meet and 'discuss how park home owners may be better protected?'

The PM responded: 'We all know of cases in which people who want to sell are put under pressure, and the rules prevent them from getting fair value. It is not right. The Minister for Housing, (Grant Shapps), is looking into the issue.' Cameron suggested that she meet with Grant Shapps to discuss 'robust rules so that the rights of park home owners are respected.'

Click here to see the minutes from Prime Ministers Question Time, or you can read more in the September issue of PH&HC (publishes 20th August).

Alex MelvinAlex Melvin


Britannia Parks August Open Days

Britannia Parks is running a series of open days giving you the chance to explore and see the homes on offer.

Britannia Parks is running a series of open days giving you the chance to explore and see the homes on offer. Days run from 10am - 4pm with no appointment necessary. There will also be a range of offers available including discounts, cash back and loans to bag you your dream home.

August open weekends:
31 July - 1 August - Rymer Point park, Norfolk
31 July - 1 August - Kings park village, Canvey Island
7 August - Poplars park, Bognor Regis
14 - 15 August - Waterbeach park, Cambridgeshire
20 - 21 August - Avonsmere park, Bristol
21 - 22 August - Thornlea park, Littlehampton
21 - 22 August - Folly Park, Bedfordshire
21 - 22 August - Peppercorn park, Bedfordshire
21 - 22 August Kingsmead park, Northamptonshire

Call Britannia Parks on: 01268 511 555 or click here for more info

Alex MelvinAlex Melvin


Retirement Age To Be Scrapped

The government reports plans to axe the current retirement age of 65 from October 2011.

This means that employers will no longer be able to issue forced retirement notices to employees when they reach 65. Under the new proposal employees will have more freedom when deciding to finish their working lives.

Activists suggest this new rule could relieve pressure on public finances as more people continue to pay tax, putting millions of pounds back into the economy.

Michelle Mitchell, Age Uk charity director says, "Everybody stands to win from scrapping forced retirement. People over 65 will have full employment rights for the first time. The economy will benefit from older workers' precious skills and experience and their increased buying power."

Alex MelvinAlex Melvin


Welsh wonder parks

MayBlogThe Government is now really forging ahead with its attempts to stamp out rogue practices in the mobile home community. Having collected written evidence about the worst of the problem areas like the blocking of home sales and aggressive and intimidatory behavior towards residents , the Government has been interviewing key industry figures and home owners alike.

After a lengthy consultation process, we’re now hopeful that park home residents may finally get more of their rights fully protected in law. Despite many amendments and revisions to the Mobile Homes Act - which passed through Parliament way back in 1983 – park home residents are still being let down by the law.

You can read about the evidence submitted to the Government’s select committee on these matters on page 85. We will be monitoring these issues with interest so look out for more in future issues.

As well as that, we’ve also got a bumper crop of park profiles and homes under review in an exciting May issue.

We have visited FIVE stunning Welsh parks in an attempt to give you a flavour of some of the best park and holiday sites in the region. We also bring you park reports from Devon, Lincolnshire, Sussex and Worcestershire. On the homes front, look out for our expert verdict on a new model from Omar alongside a special report on Homeseeker’s state-of-the-art show centre in Northamptonshire.

Enjoy the issue!

AlexAlex Melvin





Alex Melvin, Editor


Park Of The Year 2010

2010 Park Of The YearThere was a party atmosphere at Court Mount Park as residents and staff celebrated the Kent-based site's first ever Park of the Year award.

More than 50 people attended the party and presentation ceremony, where park owner Russell Saunders received the trophy from Paul Baker, of competition sponsors Towergate Bakers. As part of the prize, Russell will also get £500 to spend on residents of the Birchington-on-Sea site.

Residents John and Mary Little, who sent in the most eye-catching nomination about their park, also scooped £500 which they intend to spend celebrating John's upcoming 80th birthday.

After the presentation a delighted Russell said, ‘It is fantastic to receive such a prestigious accolade. I would like to thank all the residents and staff for making this park such a special place to be. Ever since my father Colin bought the park back in 1973, Court Mount has been really important to us as a family.
‘We're all over the moon.'

Now in its 13th year, Park Home & Holiday Caravan's Park of the Year competition is recognised as the nation's most prestigious residential park competition.
Don't miss the full review of Court Mount's win in the October issue of PH&HC, published on September 17th.

Alex MelvinAlex Melvin