Tilney St Lawrence caravan boss fined for substandard housing

11:32 a.m. March 1, 2022

Caravan site boss Ivy Buckley, owner of the caravan site, has been ordered to pay more than £4,600 in fines and costs for renting substandard accommodation.

Ivy Buckley, of School Road, Tilney St Lawrence, has hired our recreational caravans as residential accommodation.

But the accommodation did not meet the requirements of its license at Springfield Caravan Park, Tilney St Lawrence, a court heard.

The suit was brought by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk for renting substandard accommodation to tenants.

Cllr Sam Sandell, Cabinet Member for People and Communities, said: “Everyone deserves to live in a safe and caring home.

“This accommodation was designed for holiday parks, not for year-round residential rental, so it was poorly insulated and poorly heated.

“Council officers have undertaken a thorough investigation and issued a notice of compliance.

“Buckley was given time to comply with this notice, including an extension due to Covid, and where she failed to do so, legal action was taken.”

“Where the council finds evidence of tenants living in substandard accommodation, it will take action to protect them.”

Cllr Sandell added: “After negotiations to make improvements failed, in November 2019 Borough Council served Buckley with a Notice of Compliance.

“This required it to replace old unsuitable static caravans which did not meet the requirements of BS3632 standard for mobile homes as required by its site licence.”

Due to Covid the compliance date was extended to 5 June 15, 2021 but a re-inspection in August 2021 revealed that there were still tenants in some of the original sub-standard caravans.

The council brought proceedings for failure to comply with the terms of a notice of compliance under the Caravan Sites and Development Control Act 1960 (as amended by the Mobile Homes Act 2013).

At King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court on February 23, Buckley pleaded guilty to the breach.

She was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and £3,519 in costs.

(The law dates back to 1960, when Parliament first passed laws after a report found that legislation at the time was unclear and insufficient regarding people living in caravans.

“The local councils were then given sufficient powers to start tackling caravan accommodation.”

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