Caravan residents in 'appalling conditions' fear homelessness before Christmas


Some 40 motorhomes on Manor Park in St Austell, Cornwall, have allegedly fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair. Deborah Lendrum, who has been living in hers for three years, say the living conditions are compromising her health, and that of her son Alex who also lives on the site.

Deborah, who works as a cleaner for holiday rentals and pays £433 rent each month, told Cornwall Live: “In winter, I wake up with a wet mattress and sheets from the damp in my room, so I have to sleep in the living room area.

“You can see your own breath, it’s that cold. That can’t be good for anyone’s health. My son suffers from depression and he is raising his 10-year-old daughter here. His caravan is worse than mine.

“I take a lot of pride in my home, and it’s one of the better ones, but you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle when the wallpaper keeps falling down due to mould.”

Others on the site have complained of condemned gas boilers, no insulation, extreme black mould, holes in single glazed windows and collapsing floors and walls.

The site was recently bought by Shadwell Parks Limited, who employed PLL Management in October to manage it on their behalf. The company is due to be inspecting all units this week.

But Deborah feels inspections should have been done sooner.

The grandmother added: “Everyone is living in fear. It is a very tense and worrying time. Not only have we been living in awful conditions but we now face being made homeless before Christmas.

“People have families, pets and responsibilities. It’s our whole lives.”

 

Any static homes that have deteriorated beyond reasonable repair will be condemned as unfit for private residence this week.

As a result, the residents in condemned properties will be served a 30 days’ notice to vacate. The company that now owns the site says it is in the process of acquiring more units.

A spokesman from PLL said: “We are seeking to resolve the issues Shadwell Park was inherited from the previous site owners.

“Unfortunately, due to the current post-Brexit climate, it is proving extremely challenging to secure reliable, professional and experienced contractors for emergency call-outs. Additionally, the industry is experiencing various shortages in unit and building materials.

“Shadwell Park is in the process of acquiring new second hand units for the site which should be available in December 2021.”

When contacted, the previous site owners, Hills Brothers Residential and Leisure Parks, said: “We have nothing to comment. The issues have nothing to do with us since we no longer own the site.”



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