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22nd January 2017 


It is with much sadness that I heard about the death of
" Bill " 
from Bramley Park in Derbyshire on 22nd December 2016.
 
Bill has always been an ardent follower of our JUSTICE Campaign and has been seen in London at our rally's on many occasions.
Bill was always there with his fellow park home residents; sporting their black "10% day-lite Robbery" tee shirts
and I feel sure that his spirit will be with us on the 21st March.
 
Our most heartfelt sympathy goes to  his friend and partner
Richard
and  to his many friends at Bramley Park.


Rest in Peace " Bill " from all your friends at the Justice Campaign.

4th December 2016 


It's Official
THE THREE NATIONS RALLY
to challenge the 10% Commission Charge
will happen on 21st March 2017

Our friends and fellow Park Home Residents in Wales and Scotland are united with us in our call for a change to the 10% Commission Charge and their appointed co-ordinators are busy contacting the Park Home Residents within those two great Nations.

This exciting and united front from our THREE NATIONS (which I think is a FIRST and is totally welcomed by our JUSTICE Campaign) has been the subject of much discussion and further exciting things that are being organised will be announced in the New Year.

Our London rally is very well subscribed with many residents travelling to London on 21st March 2017.  Travelling long distances can of course be very taxing for some elderly residents and we are grateful to Paul Baker of PB Insurance Services and Ann Barradine of Consumer Warmth for their generosity in sponsoring a coach to bring Residents to London from the Midlands.

There are also many Park Home Residents in the South West who would also like to travel to London - but alas the distance has made it impossible for them to get to London in time for the events.  Our JUSTICE Campaign - that does not charge for membership and therefore has no funds - has tried to get sponsorship to help those residents - but sadly no one has felt able to help.  If you know of a willing sponsor, please contact them - or - ask them to contact me at the JUSTICE Campaign.  We can not pay them - but we can advertise their generosity.

I am constantly speaking with MP's at Westminster and we have some exciting plans in the pipe-line that  I hope to reveal to you all in the New Year and I must say that we are so lucky to have the support of these MP's.

I think it is absolutely fabulous that our friends from across the borders- in Wales and Scotland - have joined with us and together we will rally under the banner of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign - because our campaign crosses all borders.  The fact is:  There is no us and them.  We are all Park Home Owners who should be enjoying a peaceful retirement - but sadly that is not the case for far too many people.  However, we are making our mark.  We will not go quietly away and for this cause  we will all sing from the same hymn sheet and I believe that TOGETHER we will make a difference.



Sonia McColl  Organiser of the THREE NATIONS RALLY


27th November 2016 



WARM HOME DISCOUNT ANNOUNCEMENT


Last winter Charis Grants administered a government backed pilot scheme which gave park home residents the chance to apply for a £140 rebate for their electricity bill.

More than 1600 park home residents received rebates last year (including many supporters of the Justice Campaign).

From 5th December 2016 the scheme will be open again for applications, including those people who received an award from the pilot scheme earlier in the year.

For more information about the scheme and to apply for your £140 rebate, please visit www.parkhomeswhd.com or call the Charis team of dedicated agents on 0330 380 1040.


13th September 2016 



This morning (13th September 2016) 
I received a telephone call from our President "Lord Graham of Edmonton"
 fondly known to us all as "Lord Ted."

Lord Ted, has told me that he has suffered a heart attack
and also has severe arthritis.

He is being cared for in a a lovely Care Home
and only has to push a bell to have several nurses to help him.

He has asked me to let all in the Park Home World
know that he is still thinking of them
and
I have expressed to him what I know you will all wish.

A heart felt thank you for all he has done for Park Home Residents and
our best wishes and prayers that he will soon be well and comfortable again.

He did not want any more cards as he has been inundated with them
and so I will not be publishing his care home address.


Sonia.


22nd July 2016 




Good Parks, Bad Parks.  How do we know?
Our JUSTICE Campaign had hoped to be able to offer some answers to the question under this heading on our web site.  Certainly we are in possession of letters from eleven park home residents who say they are living on good parks and have a good park owner.  However, a large number of Parks and their owners have been named by residents as unscrupulous.  These names have been passed to those who have parliamentary privilege and although we would have liked to print all the information, Good and Bad, there has been much controversy over this situation and the JUSTICE Campaign has had to take expert legal advice.  The outcome is that we are advised to NOT print any of this information.    I will certainly not endanger or put the JUSTICE Campaign at risk and therefore I will not be posting anything on this subject and the heading will be permanently removed from the JUSTICE Campaign Web Site.
Sonia McColl

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PARK-help-LINE
Following its initiation in February of this year; the PARK-help-LINE is moving from strength to strength and I am pleased to report that the many residents who have phoned the help line have expressed their gratitude for this FREE, Friendly, Confidential and efficient service that is manned from 10am to 5pm Monday to Fridays.  However, if we are to reach more people we need extra advertising.  May I therefore ask you to please copy the attached leaflet and send it around your park.  May I also ask that you give a copy to your Local Authority and ask them to publicise it on their web pages for the park home residents in their area.  If they should have a problem with this, please ask them to contact me at the Justice Campaign and I will happily send a leaflet to them.  Paul Baker, our sponsor is sending leaflets out with all his quotations and I will ask the Park Homes Magazine to give us some more free coverage – because we need all the help we can get if we are to help to direct more residents to those who can properly assist them.
Of course this service would not work without our trained volunteer Operators who man the phones every day to help Park Home Residents and Paul Baker of Paul Baker Insurance who has agreed to again sponsor the cost of PARK-help-LINE for a further six months.  Paul is also offering JUSTICE Campaign Supporters a massive 15% discount if you purchase your park home insurance through his new firm – so why not call Paul on 0800 038 5090 for an insurance quote on your park home.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

19th June 2016 


MURDERED FOR HELPING OTHERS.

Our National Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign
sends its deepest sympathy
to the family of
Jo Cox MP

It’s the saddest of days when our MP’s and all others who work for the wider good are in need of protection advice just for doing their job.
The news also reports that many MP’s and others are ridiculed and suffer abuse of their characters on Social Media.
How have we arrived at this sick time when lovely people like Jo Cox was slaughtered by and individual who would not even state his name - and other faceless people who find in entertaining to slate MP’s and others on Social Media?

We may not have known you personally Jo
but our JUSTICE Campaign
applauds you and the work you did.
Rest in Peace



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7th May 2016 


      NEW SCAM BY TELEPHONE

THANK YOU TO THE JUSTICE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER WHO HAS REFERRED THE LETTER BELOW TO OUR CAMPAIGN.
Please take this letter seriously and act accordingly.
If you receive a letter delivered by Royal Mail which does have your address on the envelope
but a different name which you will not recognise, you are legally entitled to open up this envelope to discover the contents.
The contents of that letter will contain details of an agreement between various mobile telephone suppliers and providers such as 02, Telefonica, Vodaphone etc which will also contain the telephone number and name of the person who took out their agreement with the service provider.
This means that bills for this service will soon be coming your way addressed to your home.
Do not attempt to try to telephone either the name of the person on this invoice or the service provider as this avenue has already been approached and basically, they are not interested and do not want to get involved.
People who have received such correspondence have take it  to their Police Station and a Police investigation is being conducted.
It seems as though the person named on the invoice is using other people's addresses in which to obtain brand new telephones and contracts with the service provider.

Finally, please do not telephone the person named on the invoice/agreement.  Contact your own Police Station.   

16th March 2016 


Cornwall Park Homes Forum


Meeting to be held on 31 March 2016 at 1.15pm
at Hayle Rugby Club, Marsh Lane, Hayle TR27 5HX
The event is open to non-members and visitors without the need to make a formal reservation.

Invited Guests and Speakers are as follows:

Antony Tregenna, LEASE Park Homes Advisor
Graham Bailey, Senior Licensing Compliance Officer, Cornwall Council
Martin Fisher, Trading Standards Practitioner, Cornwall Council
Stephen Hassall, IPHAS
Councillor Joyce Duffin, Housing & Environment, Cornwall Council

3rd March 2016 



 County Court Success for the Residents Association of
Homelands Park 


 4th January 2016  


Congratulations to
Brian Doick of NAPHR
who was made an MBE
in the New Year Honours
for services to the park home industry.



13th December 2015  2105  




The Justice Campaign was pleased to be invited to attend a champagne reception to mark the official opening of Paul Baker Insurance Services at their Hewlett Road offices in Cheltenham.

Paul Baker has always assisted our Justice Campaign and offers Justice Campaign supporters 15% discount on their park home insurance.  The photos show the official opening by Alex Melvin  and the first customers receiving champagne and flowers.

To get a quote and claim your 15% discount telephone 0800 0385033







26th October  2105  


PHOJC
Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign
7 Silent Woman Park
Coldharbour
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 7PE
Tel: 01929 553110


ROGUE SITE OWNERS AND THE REVOKING OF LICENSES

I frequently receive feedback from residents which refer to their approaches to Local Authorities concerning site owners they regard as unfit to trade in the Park Home sector and where, for a variety of given reasons, they have been told by their Council that they do not have the powers or resources to seek the revoking of their licenses.

If you are faced with this position, you may wish to refer your council to the recent letter sent by the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis to Sheryll Murray MP ( East Cornwall. Cons ) following a request for this issue to be referred to him. His letter in reply includes the following:

`I have noted your constituents comments and suggestions about revoking site licenses. As previously mentioned, however, local authorities already have powers to apply to the Magistrates` Court to revoke site license in relation to breaches of site license conditions. In addition, we have given local authorities additional enforcement powers including for the first time, powers to issue compliance notices and enter a site in an emergency to carry out works. In all cases, authorities will be able to recover their costs from the site owner including through local land charge and if the debt is extensive and remains unpaid, by forcing the sale of the site or appointing a receiver. Also, Directors, secretaries and other relevant officers of a company that is found guilty of a license offence will be liable to be punished`

COMMENT

If you believe that your site owner is unfit to hold a license, it is clear that your Local Authority has the powers to act but it will need to secure documentary evidence that can be used by them at a Magistrates Court. For this reason it is important that residents and their Association if there is one, keep full records of all relevant events and copies of all associated correspondence. If you want and need change, apathy is not an option and all and not just some residents need to work together.

If you believe you have already accumulated the necessary evidence, then do not be fobbed off by your council and demand action. The contact details of all Chief Executives and other senior officers can be found on your local authority websites and their roles include your protection from  rogue landlords and the issuing of legal proceedings where justified. Always keep your MP involved and approach your local media if there are issues that you believe need to be publicly exposed. Above all, remember that rogue site owners rely upon residents apathy and that councils can only act against the available evidence. If you write to them, copy and paste the above content of the Ministers letter so there can be no misunderstanding or denials of the powers that have been afforded to them.

Tony Turner
JBS Residents Action Alliance



7th October  2105  



AS WINTER APPROACHES
RESPONSIBILITY FOR TREES

The issue
of dangerous trees has previously been looked at by Nicolas 
Dyson and Aimee
Hutchinson from Blacks solicitors and by Ibraheem 
Dulmeer of the Leasehold
Advisory Service and, whilst each case will be 
subject to the details
contained with the Site Park Rules, in a recent 
case the Tribunals view was
that one should look at the responsibility 
of the Park Home Resident first.
Once established, the remaining 
responsibilities are with the Site
Owner.

The only mention of trees in the exampled implied Terms refers to the

Site Owner being obliged to keep the trees in a clean and tidy 
condition. In
this case, the Tribunal used this reasoning to explain 
that the obligation to
remove a dangerous tree would be the 
responsibility of the site owner, as the
pitch and importantly the 
tree, does not belong to the Park Home Resident –
but to the Site owner.

In conclusion, the Tribunal determined that any
ambiguity should be 
resolved in favour of the Park Home Resident because the
tree had been 
planted by the site owner or a predecessor in title and it would
be 
unreasonable to expect the park home owner to be responsible for 
removing
it.

If you do have an issue with a dangerous tree where your Site Owner is

attempting to pass the responsibility and costs over to you as the

home-owner, check the position with the Park Home Leasehold Advisory 
Service
who can be contacted on 020 7832 2525

[Contributed by Tony Turner with thanks
to the Park Home and Holiday 
Magazine]


25th August 2105  


If you live in the vicinity of West Sussex, you are invited to attend our
FREE roadshow for park home residents
hosted by Towergate Insurance at:
Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9NN on Thursday 17th September.
Doors open at 2pm for tea & coffee.
 The Start time is 3pm, finish at 5pm.
Places are limited, so book yours today. Numbers are strictly limited to 125 so it’s essential to register in advance to secure a seat.  Car parking is available on site. Upon registering , we’ll require your name, park home address and contact details of each attendee.

This will be the 16th Towergate roadshow and to date, they have been attended by over 2,000 park home residents. The event is designed to give  park home residents a unique opportunity to listen to and to question a leading panel of park home experts, and to hear about the recent changes in park home legislation contained in the Mobile Homes Act 2013.

Following a short presentation from our expert speakers, there will be a question and answer session.
To register, all you need to do is email lauren.mason@towergate.co.uk or call 01242 538445

The Panel are:

Adam Summersby   Adam is Head of Caravan and Park Homes at Towergate Insurance who launched the road shows in 2012 in a bid to raise awareness and understanding amongst park home residents of the impending Mobile Homes Act. Having worked alongside Paul Baker (former Park Home Account Director) Adam recognises the value in these events and the importance of providing a forum on which people can speak freely. Alongside the road shows Towergate are also the main sponsors of IPHAS.  Adam will chair the event.

Sonia McColl OBE   Sonia is the founder of the Park Home Owners’ JUSTICE Campaign which was instrumental in bringing forward new legislation to end sale blocking. She is now campaigning for a Government review of the 10% commission paid by park home residents to park owners upon the sale of their homes and supporting the Age UK campaign for dedicated insulation funding for park homes. Sonia received an OBE for her services to the park home community and is a leading park home campaigner.

Alan Savory MBE   Alan is a senior advisor with The Independent Park Home Advisory Service (IPHAS, He is an expert in park home legislation and has many years of experience advising and helping park home
residents. He has been involved in discussions with Government about park home legislation and attended meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group which considered the welfare of park home residents. Alan received an MBE for his services to IPHAS.

Neil Miller   Neil is a specialist park home lawyer with Park Home Legal Services (PHLS). He has many years of experience advising and helping park home residents with all aspects of park home legislation, from disputes with park owners to buying and selling. He is regular speaker at Towergate’s road shows and usually responds to the bulk of the questions!

Chris Humphreys    Chris has worked as an advisor at the Leasehold Advisory Service since 1998. He was seconded to the Government for a period between 2003 and 2010 to work on the introduction of legislation in the area of both park homes and residential leasehold. He is a new speaker at Towergate’s roadshows.


3rd May  2015


Pay dispute over homes leads builders to smash up walls
By Sarah Robinson

BUILDERS smashed up base walls around two homes at a Nethertown residential park after a pay dispute with the site’s owners.

It is understood the builders erected the walls around the two homes at Lakeland View, which is owned by Lifestyle Living.
Tony Nay, of the Lakeland View Residents’ Association, said: “They built the walls around two houses. On completion they put the bill in which was then disputed by Lifestyle Living, which led to the non-payment of the builders. In retribution they came back and knocked down the walls which they had built.”
He said residents saw the builders at the site last Wednesday breaking up the walls.
Lifestyle Living is now set to start legal proceedings against the builders on behalf of the property owner and Lifestyle Living Group.
Eric Burton and Mr Nay, of the residents’ association said, in the main, residents sympathised with the builders who would have been struggling to pay their costs.
Mr Burton said: “We couldn’t fault their work at all. They used the very best materials.”
The pair claim there is a number of issues that owners Lifestyle Living have not tackled at the site. They say there are problems with lights not working, potholes in the road which exits the site, a disused plot and other maintenance issues. The site has also been without rules since February.
Mr Burton said: “It’s a totally unsettled site caused by Lifestyle Living. People feel let down, disappointed and angry.” He said households pay up to £150 per month for the site management and maintenance.
Malcolm Buckingham, chairman of Lifestyle Living Group, said: “Following a dispute over inflated costs, we are currently in the process of starting legal proceedings on behalf of both the property owner in question and Lifestyle Living Group.
“When we completed the acquisition of the company and Lakeland View Park, there were many challenges that were inherited from the previous owners. We have been working closely with the Residents’ Association to reach a positive solution.”
Mr Buckingham added: “This has included the purchase of improved lighting for the park, which is being installed in the coming days, and the introduction of new site rules, which have been fully completed in line with the Residents Association’s request. These rules are currently in approval with the local authority, a process which can take up to 21 days.”
First published at 10:37, Thursday, 30 April 2015
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk

23rd March 2015


LORD GRAHAM OF EDMONTON'S  Speech in the House of Lords 25th March 2015


Lord Graham of Edmonton (Lab): 

My Lords, I am pleased to have the opportunity of speaking in this debate. Having asked the Minister to note that I intend to speak on my pet subject of mobile homes and the attention paid to it by the Government, I confess to him that I will not be able to stay here until the end of the debate because I am not well. But I am obligated to make one or two points.

I thought that there would be a fair bit in the Budget Statement on housing. Although the Government have lots of plans for housing, there is very little direct reference to it in the Statement. When I asked for the Treasury background papers, I found that a great deal has been put in train on housing by the Government, and that relaxed me a little bit.

In an earlier debate on mobile homes, I relied on information received that Mr Henry Morrison Junior had practised what was called “sales blocking” on his park at Welford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. This practice has disappeared, largely as a result of the 2013 Act. Mr Morrison wrote to me saying that he had never taken part in such actions. I immediately wrote to him, apologised and promised to express my withdrawal of any allegation of such a policy. He has my full approval to use this apology, and I reiterate my regrets and apologise unreservedly. I want to put that on the record.

Very often, parliamentarians are written to by interest groups with their point of view. There are one or two who do so in respect of park homes: Sonia McColl, who is very active in the JUSTICE campaign; Mr Tony Turner, who represents a group in Cornwall; and others. I rely completely on them. In the main, what they send to me has already been sent to the Minister. Therefore, all I want the Minister to do is give me an assurance that he will draw the attention of his parliamentary colleagues to what I have got to say.
The matter deserves attention. There was a phrase that was used by the Government some time ago: “We’re all in this together”. Well, some of us are more in it than others. I think that people who live in mobile homes are getting the short end of the stick. Most of them are aged; most of them are infirm; most of them rely on the good will of the site owner—and many of the site owners can be castigated. The mobile homes population is well looked after not only by the organisations that I have mentioned but by other people, too.

What strikes me is the gap between what the establishment says and what those representing residents experience. Let me illustrate that in the following way. From a small sample, the JUSTICE Campaign, so ably led by Sonia McColl, tells me that police were “wonderful” in Cornwall but that in Arun District Council they were not. The police were helpful in Bracknell, but action was not taken on complaints to the police in east Hertfordshire. No police action was taken in north Somerset, but it was taken in Maidstone. Police were helpful in Test Valley, but in Sevenoaks they said that it was a civil matter and not a criminal one.

That reminds me of a case that was investigated. Inspector Colquhoun of the West Mercia Police was instrumental in making inquiries. One night, a group of men deliberately set fire to two mobile homes on a site. They were caught and they were sentenced, eight of them, to 64 years in prison—so you can see the seriousness of the matter.

Sonia McColl provided a document known as the “name and shame” list—the Minister already has this information. Twenty site owners are on the list. One owner had 13 parks with 120 homes; another had three sites with 118 homes; another had four sites with 234 homes; another had eight sites with 417 homes; yet another had two sites with 67 homes; another had 17 sites with 1,000 homes; and yet another had 43 sites.
I have with me a newspaper cutting which draws attention to the fact that, in the matter of council house sales, a man and his wife in the Ashford area own 1,000 homes. They have bought them and are renting them out. They are thinking in terms of selling their portfolio, which is estimated to be worth millions of pounds. There is something wrong in the field of housing when that sort of situation can take place.

In the time that I have left, I will simply refer to what other councils are doing. In Cornwall, they issue a document to every resident of a park home. The Minister will know that there is a gap between the activities of the ministry concerned and the effective dissemination of the information to the residents. It is not easy, but it needs to be improved.
Last week, Sarah Wollaston, who is chair of the Health Committee in the other place, asked the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities had,
“revoked the licences of park home site owners who have breached their site licences more than three times in the last two years”.
The Minister had to say that the Government had no information about this activity. My point is that direct action needs to be taken against site owners who have been taken to court and dealt with, yet who refuse to comply. The written statement which governs these things lays down obligations and responsibilities for the site owner and the applicant. I see that the Whip on duty is smiling at me and he does not do that very often. I know what the smile means, so I will sit down.

Sonia McColl OBE 
Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign
7 Silent Woman Park
Coldharbour
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 7PE
Tel: 01929 553110



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