Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

16 DEC 2010

Steve speaks up for Park Home Owners

Local MP backs 'Justice' campaign during highly anticipated Commons debate.

Winchester MP Steve Brine has backed a Commons motion which seeks to give greater protection to people living in Park Homes.

Mr Brine spoke in the chamber on a dedicated Park Homes debate which followed a successful lobby of Parliament last month.

A legal loophole currently means a minority of mobile home owners are left distressed and upset by the actions of some unscrupulous site owners.

There are around 1800 park home sites in England and Wales, including several in Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, and it is alleged that some site owners deliberately block residents’ sales. One way to tackle this problem, which causes great distress to residents, would be to amend the Mobile Homes Act 1983.

The motion backs plans to pass secondary legislation to transfer jurisdiction for park homes to the Residential Property Tribunal Service.

The debate, on Thursday 16th December, welcomed the fact that the Government is currently looking into this matter. It also sought to call on them to review the case for establishing a 'fit and proper person' criterion for park home site owners and to bring forward relevant legislation at the earliest opportunity to prevent, in particular, park home site owners interfering with the sale of a park home without good reason.

The debate, called by Annette Brooke MP was held under new rules set down by the Back Bench Business Committee.

Steve Brine said: "I wanted to speak in this debate because park home owners are often among the poorest and most vulnerable people in my constituency. No-one is saying all site owners are bad, and we have some very good ones here in Winchester, but the same cannot be said across the country.

"I think we are pressing at an open door with the new coalition Government so hopefully this debate has helped us along.

"I reminded colleagues in the House that park home living should be quite idyllic and many people move to such homes with high hopes for the sense of community and affordable living they provide. It is vital that we not only bring unsuitable park owners to heel but we improve the image of park homes so people aren't put off completely. We have so many problems with affordable home provision locally and we should be seeing new sites appear if anything.”

Pictured; Steve recently discussed the Park Home Owners’ Justice Campaign at Flowerdown Park

More information...

View the Hansard record of debate, and Steve’s contribution via http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101216/debtext/101216-0002.htm#10121650000001

 

 

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