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West Norfolk caravan site owner fined for letting 'sub-standard' accommodation

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A residential caravan site owner has been prosecuted by West Norfolk Council for letting substandard accommodation to tenants.

Officials say the owner of the caravan site, Ivy Buckley, of School Road, Tilney St Lawrence, had been letting leisure caravans as residential accommodation that did not meet the requirements of her licence at Springfield Caravan Park, Tilney St Lawrence.

The authority launched a prosecution for failure to comply with the conditions of a Compliance Notice under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.

King's Court. Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk.. (40512070)
King's Court. Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk.. (40512070)

Buckley pleaded guilty to the charge, which covered a period from December 2019 to June last year, during a hearing before Lynn magistrates last Wednesday.

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

A compliance notice was issued by the authority in November 2019, requiring replacement of unsuitable static caravans that did not meet British standards for residency.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the deadline for compliance was extended to June 15 last year.

However, a re-inspection of the site in August found there were still tenants living in some of the sub-standard original caravans.

Sam Sandell, the council’s cabinet member for people and communities, said after the hearing: “Everyone deserves to live in accommodation which is safe and warm.

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

“Council officers undertook a thorough investigation and issued a compliance notice.

“Mrs Buckley was given time to comply with this notice, including extra time due to the coronavirus pandemic, and when she failed to do so, a prosecution was launched.”

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

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