Cornwall news Fears for year-round residents of holiday park ordered to move out UK news
MetiNews.Com - Some of the residents would be forced to travel home to shielding relatives
Breaking News ! Residents of a holiday park, some of whom are Covid-vulnerable and live there for 11 months of the year, are being asked to leave for a month - stranding some hundreds of miles from their alternative addresses. Oaklands Park, near Looe, is licensed for occupancy 11 months of the year and is planning to go ahead with its annual month-long closure for repairs and upgrades. However, some residents have said this could leave them stranded, homeless or forced to return home to immuno-compromised relatives in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Cornwall Council has said it will not penalise the park if people stayed beyond 11 months given the pandemic circumstances, but the site’s management has told residents they must leave. Ninety-five per cent of the 150 residents on the site are elderly, the BBC reports, and, according to Cornwall councillor for the area, Edwina Hannaford, they are more like permanent residents of Cornwall than they are holidaymakers. Cllr Hannaford said: “They have been asked to move out from 31st January - 1st March, which is in line with the site licence residents signed and their status as holiday home owners. “These residents stay onsite for 11 months of the year, which they are allowed to do, and in a normal year would return to their alternative address or take a holiday. “However, under the pandemic circumstances I fear that moving out and potentially returning to areas of the country that have even higher rates of infection and then returning on 1st March is just not safe, fair or right for them or the community of Pelynt and Looe area.” She said some of the residents voluntarily opt into council tax and are “embedded” into the local community. Cornwall Council has backed Cllr Hannaford, stating that it is not in the public interest to enforce a license breach. Councillor Edwina Hannaford is Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and climate change But despite the protest of council members, including Cabinet member for housing Cllr Andrew Mitchell, the site’s owners remain unmoved on the matter. Cllr Hannaford continued: “This is a humanitarian, common decency issue - it is not a site agreement issue which could easily be resolved by varying the site agreement in the exception of a killer global pandemic.
. “Some have had their holidays cancelled so cannot travel and some don’t want to put others at risk who are shielding at their alternative address. "Some residents are also concerned that, after March 1, they will not be allowed to return anyway because of lockdown restrictions. “I implore Oakland’s to reconsider their position as this is incredibly stressful for the mainly elderly residents. “I have tried to reason with the site owner MD Rachel Nation directly on the residents' behalf but unfortunately she is adamant these residents should vacate on 31st January.” With some residents having lived there for decades, and others being in tricky situations because of lockdown, being asked to leave could spell disaster. You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. Oaklands has, according to Cllr Mitchell, planned to invest a significant amount of money while it is closed. Speaking to the BBC, he added: "We are trying to sort this out with both the owner and the residents and things are progressing in a positive direction. It would be unreasonable with a horrific pandemic like we are facing at the moment to make these residents move.” Acorn Parks Ltd, which owns Oakland Park, said: "No holiday home owner should be living in their holiday caravan as their main or only residence at Oaklands Park. This is a breach of their licence agreement."
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