Winchester City Council: Government Rogue Trailer Park Laws
WINCHESTER city leaders hope the government’s new laws will help them crack down on rogue trailer park operators.
The new legislation means that operators of mobile home sites must pass a “fit and appropriate person” requirement.
A council meeting heard officers say they have good relationships with most of the site operators, but a senior advisor raised concerns about how some of the district’s 14 sites are being managed.
Cllr Caroline Horrill, head of the conservative group on the council, said: “My experience with some of the sites is not as rosy as your reports suggest. I have experiences of residents who are not sufficiently satisfied with the management of the site. They fight to keep maintenance actively operated, lighting and fire safety work that they deem necessary is not being done. Are we confident enough that our policy is there to support residents when they have to? clearly of concerns? There are two specific sites that I know residents are not happy about. ”
Cllr Kelsie Learney, Cabinet Member for Housing and Asset Management, speaking on her decision day, said: “I share Cllr Horrill’s concerns about mobile home residents, with over 500 in the district providing a significant affordable housing service but with landlords and managers controlling so many aspects of service delivery that it is susceptible to abuse.
“A ‘fit and proper’ person test will help keep the sites running smoothly.”
Cllr Learney has agreed to adopt the licensing policy for private sector RV sites to include the fit and appropriate person test.