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ISSUE 15 2021-22

THE LEADING MAGAZINE FOR PARK HOME RESIDENTS AND BUYERS

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Service with a SMILE Whether you speak to Jenny, Luke, Jacquie or Paul - rain or shine, Monday or Friday, 9.00am or 4.55pm one thing is certain we’ll be friendly, understanding, patient, helpful and happy to chat and listen. And when the call ends we want you to think - what lovely people they are at Paul Baker Insurance Services - a pleasure to talk to, a pleasure to deal with - it’s reassuring to know my Park Home or Leisure Home insurance is in safe hands.

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Luke Experience the smile, experience personal and friendly customer service as it should be - with no answer machines, no engaged tones and no overseas call centres!

Call PBIS FREE on 0800 0385 094 for park home and leisure home insurance advice, guidance, a tailored quotation and, if you need it - immediate cover Paul Baker Insurance Services, a trading name of RK Shipman Ltd. Registered in England No: 575483. Registered office: 2nd Floor, 50 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3JY. 2 PARK HOME NEWS 2021 RK Shipman Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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WELCOME

Editor Alex Melvin introduces Issue 15 of Park Home News, pointing out some of the best things about our wonderful communities along the way…

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ell, that was a crazy year, wasn’t it? This time last year, most of us had barely heard the word ‘coronavirus’, let alone grappled with wide-reaching new realities like lockdowns, social distancing, mask wearing and the incessant washing of our hands. These new and unwanted changes to our way of life, our health, work and civil liberties have undoubtedly been hard to bear. Yet, for the tens of thousands of park home residents living on well-run and welcoming sites, the impact has been greatly reduced. Why? Put simply – and in the parlance of the day – it’s because the best parks act like one big social ‘bubble’ for those fortunate enough to live on them. I’ve long been extolling the virtues of our unique lifestyle to anybody who’ll listen but, during 2020, some of the core benefits have really revealed themselves. As an older person living in a park home, you will be in a quiet, detached home among a community of like-minded folk. This kind of perk is to be welcomed at the best of times, but during a worldwide health pandemic, it’s manna from heaven! You get to enjoy the ‘best of both worlds’ – the ability to keep a safe physical distance, when necessary, while also secure in the knowledge that there’s always a friendly neighbour or helpful member of staff to look out for you. Add in the fact that you may also be in a wardencontrolled, gated community and you and your family will be doubly reassured. The location of many parks is also a real boon. Living amid the natural world, tending a manageable but no-less beautiful garden, while listening to the birds singing is certainly good for your stress levels and mental health. The value-for-money that park homes offer also means that any

money worries brought on by the effects of the pandemic are successfully ameliorated. I’m glad to report that our PHN partners – Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS), Seekers Estate Agents and Park Home Chassis Services (PHCS) are all still flourishing too. At the heart of what all three offer customers is experience, expertise and fantastic service. But, as well as this, they also care about all the things that matter to you that I’ve touched on here – the need to feel secure and at one with nature within a great community. All of this is reflected in the raft of fascinating features inside Issue 15 of Park Home News. Look out for our Nicest Neighbour Awards (see page 22), Garden Photo Competition (page 20), Community News (page 10) and Residents’ News (page 36) for some lovely examples of these core benefits. It’s truly heart-warming to see so many residents’ associations, social clubs and park communities doing so well despite the testing times we’re living through. As well as the help and advice from our partners, covering specialist insurance, refurbishment and buying and selling a home, ensure you don’t miss out on how to access the Government’s Green Homes Grant cash that’s crucially also available to park home owners (see pages 8 and 94). As ever, we’ve also got lots of legally-based articles this year from the likes of Henriques Griffiths, Ibraheem Dulmeer at Normanton Chamber and the Leasehold Advisory Service’s park homes’ team, covering issues as wide-ranging and diverse as forming a Qualifying Residents’ Association, Written Agreements, Tribunals and the progress of the Fit and Proper Person Act (see pages 64, 74, 85). There’s more from residents’ groups the Park Homes Policy Forum, the Park Homes Justice Campaign and ParkHELP-Line too (pages 80, 66 and 26).

Finally, in case you’re locked down again in 2021, or just want to enjoy spending more time in your fabulous park home, we’ve got lifestyle features galore including nature, cookery, gardening, quizzes and puzzles. Enjoy! Alex Melvin, Editor Main cover image: Wyre Vale Residential Park, Lancashire (courtesy of Residential Parks www.resiparks.co.uk)

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World of Park & Leisure Homes Shows FREE ENTRY

FREE PARKING

FREE SHOWGUIDE

A massive display of Homes to view including the latest models and designs. Plus, information on hundreds of Sites around the UK and beyond, experts on hand to offer help and guidance and a range of selected companies providing the latest accessories, services and products for these wonderful homes. It’s your chance to discover this affordable and fabulous leisure lifestyle.

Don’t miss the South of Englands biggest Park and Leisure Home show

South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th August 2021 Trade preview day Thursday 12th August

NEW for 2021 World of Pods

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NAEC Stoneleigh, Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire, CV8 2TA

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th June 2021 Trade preview day Thursday 10th June

Don’t miss the UK’s biggest dedicated Park and Leisure Homes show

more homes, more traders, the best deals and they’re FREE to enter

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CONTENTS

70 SNUGGERFLOOR+

7 THE UK’S FAVOURITE

Seeker’s, the estate agent of choice for park home buyers and sellers.

8 GREEN HOMES GRANT

PHCS are accredited to carry out work as part of the new Green Homes Grant.

10 COMMUNITY NEWS

A look at competitions, fundraisers, celebrations and more at many parks.

12 PCS PARK HOME SPECIALISTS

A trusted name in the world of park home refurbishment.

13 TAKE THE TEST

Discover how your policy compares with Paul Baker Insurance Services’ policies.

16 PRESTIGE DEVELOPMENTS

This park home refurbishment company is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

18 BIRD’S EYE VIEW

A great selection of tips to help you attract more birds to your garden.

20 GREEN FINGERED GREATS

The beautiful highlights of this year’s Garden Photo competition.

22 FEELING NEIGHBOURLY

Find out who won last year’s Good Neighbours competition.

24 SELLING WITH SEEKERS

The specialist park home estate agent with the personal touch.

26 PARK HELP LINE

Helping hundreds of park home owners.

27 PHCS UNDERSIDE SURVEY

Find out the condition of the underside of your park home with a PHCS survey.

28 CHASSIS REFURBISHMENT

Prevention is better than cure for your chassis, as PHCS explains.

29 INSURING OLDER HOMES

Why insurers have changed their approach to insuring older park homes.

34 TIME TO RE-EVALUATE

73 RESITEX

35 GROUP SURVEY

74 WHAT IS THE FIRSTTIER TRIBUNAL?

Serenity Parks has the perfect solution for anyone seeking a new way of living.

Find out how a group survey by PHCS at your park can save you money.

36 RESIDENTS’ NEWS

News from around the country’s parks.

40 KEEP YOURSELF INFORMED Sign up for the Paul Baker Insurance Services newsletter for the latest news.

41 INSURED AGAINST VERMIN DAMAGE?

Ensure you are properly covered should your home be affected by vermin.

42 SERVICE FOR THE NEWER HOME

PHCS explain why it’s not just older homes that should be surveyed.

43 SEEKERS’ PROPERTY PAGES

Pages and pages of park homes for sale from Seekers Park Home Estate Agents.

46 HOMEWOOD BAIRD

Discover what solicitors can do for you when buying or selling a park home.

46 BLUE CHIP PARK HOMES

Offering park home maintenance from the roof to the chassis.

61 HOME SHIELD PARK HOME REFURBISHMENTS

Park home renovation specialists covering the whole of the UK.

61 NEW PRESIDENT

Meet the new president of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign.

Have peace of mind that you’re choosing the right policy with Paul Baker Insurance Services.

64 NEED PARK HOME LEGAL HELP?

Barrister Ibraheem Dulmeer answers three frequently asked legal questions.

66 QUEST FOR JUSTICE

32 CARL BOWLES PARK & HOLIDAY HOME SERVICES

68 PUZZLE CORNER

Carl Bowles completes repair and refurbishment projects on park homes.

Sonia McColl calls on park home residents to help her get Government action. Grab a cuppa and try you hand at these fun puzzles!

The UK’s leading manufacturer of park home coatings.

What it does and how it can help you resolve park home disputes…

76 REPAIR WITH CARE

When in need of maintenance work, why not turn to James Bowles.

77 COOKERY CORNER

Three delicious courses to impress your friends and park home neighbours.

79 A FINE LEGACY

A look back at the life of Lord Graham of Edmonton, who did much for park home residents’ rights.

80 WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2021?

A frank appraisal of park legislation by the Park Homes Policy Forum’s Tony Turner.

83 SUPERIOR HOME DEVELOPMENTS

Specialists in park home improvements including refurbishments and extensions.

85 FIT AND PROPER

Solicitor Samuel Mayer explains the new law ensuring sites are run properly.

86 BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL GARDENS

You can still think big even with a small garden…

89 PCB IMPROVEMENTS

A small park home refurbishment business providing big results.

90 LETTERS

63 PEACE OF MIND INDEED

30 STILL WORKING HARD Getting to know the Independent Park Home Advisory Service.

PHCS has introduced its new thermal technology SnuggerFLOOR+ insulation for the underside of your park home.

Park home owners share their experiences of Seekers, Paul Baker Insurance Services and PHCS.

94 GREEN HOMES

You could get the double benefit of a warmer home and cheaper energy bills with a Green Homes Grant.

96 PUZZLE SOLUTIONS

Finished the puzzle pages? Find the answers here.

97 THE PROOF IN THE PUDDING

PHCS share their customers’ feedback.

98 SURFING THE NET

Online resources for park home owners.

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Blue Chip Park Homes

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he majority of park home residents have moved into their homes to enjoy their retirement with the peace and tranquillity that the park provides. Although all park homes are built to the same BS3632 standards and look very similar to each other, the different materials and manufacturing methods are as varied as the people who live in them. Knowing your home is important when it comes to maintenance and repairs as no two homes are ever the same. Blue Chip Park Homes Limited has been solely surveying park homes for over 25 years and is the only registered park home surveying company to have been trained by both Europe’s largest manufacturer and the UK’s leading refurbishment companies. Whether you live in a newer home that has a valid structural warranty or an older home, prior to undertaking any refurbishment, a full independent structural survey enables you to make the right decision about maintenance and home improvements. Most existing warranties are only valid if the home is maintained and/or certain areas are inspected. Time and time again Blue Chip surveys homes that have had thousands of pounds

spent on them for work that doesn’t comply with fire regulations, comply with the park licence or have had products used that are not recommended for park homes. When work is carried out after a survey, Blue Chip re-inspect the home free of charge to ensure that the work has been carried out correctly and to a recommended standard.

SELLING YOUR PARK HOME

What makes your home better than the other homes on the park or the area that are up for sale? You may feel that if you are selling an older home the survey will reduce its sales potential; this is very rarely the case. A survey will alleviate concerns about its true condition. Whether you choose to market your home via an estate agent or privately, a full colour, structural survey presented in a professional binder complete with photos will enhance the sales potential. It will help prevent the risk of the sale falling through from either third parties questioning the condition of the home known as sales blocking - or from potential purchasers withdrawing through being unsure of the condition or costs of any works required.

BUYING A PARK HOME

When buying a park home the chances are it’s your first purchase of this type of home. Misleading information given out with the best of intentions can lead to costly mistakes. The most common phrase you may hear is “You don’t need a survey!” The question you should ask yourself is “Would I spend several thousand pounds on a car without a MOT?” A full structural survey is a must for all park homes of any age; it’s very common that homes are not the age they are purported to be. Make sure your purchase has no hidden surprises that may cost you a chunk of your savings.

ANNUAL INSPECTION

To ensure your 10 year warranty remains valid your home should be inspected. Blue Chip’s annual inspection covers the complete home and identifies faults with the home to enable you to make a valid claim under the warranty.

BLUE CHIP PARK HOMES Telephone 01327 844686 www.bluechipparkhomes.co.uk enquiries@bluechipparkhomes.co.uk

Would you rather have a new TV, a long weekend away or solicitor to manage your Park Home purchase? There are always things we’d prefer to spend our money on but, as anyone who has dabbled in the trickier aspects of DIY, sometimes paying a professional can save time, stress and money. You probably want to get in your new home as quickly as possible, put the kettle on then relax and enjoy. Here a good lawyer can really help. Their understanding and expertise will allow them to efficiently progress matters, allowing you to get the keys more quickly. They will also help you understand exactly what you have purchased, what you will be agreeing to and critically whether you are legally compliant and protected. This avoids any worry, confusion or future dispute; creating a better long term residency so you can relax and enjoy many a cup of tea. We have wealth of experience in the Park Home Industry and find that, following our advice, buyers are fundamentally better informed and protected. Quick

Friendly Here to Help Fully conversant with the 1983 and 2003 Mobile Homes Acts If you have any questions about buying or selling a park home, for free no obligation advice, please call Luke Humphries on 01843 594444 or email luke@homewoodbaird.co.uk. Please note, all legal services will be performed by Taylor Rose TTKW Limited. Taylor Rose TTKW Limited is a firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the Solicitors regulation Authority, SRA no 623604. See their website at www.taylor-rose.co.uk for more information.

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SEEKERS, THE UK’S FAVOURITE PARK HOME AGENT

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eekers have almost 40 years’ experience in selling park homes, lodge homes and holiday caravans. The owner, Keith Morgan, explains: “I personally go out to see all our customers at their homes. This sometimes surprises people that, as the owner of Seekers, I am the one they see, but there is nothing better than experience in guiding the customer.” Seekers deal with residential park homes in England and Wales, and over the years have developed an expertise in dealing with lodge homes and holiday homes. With business still growing Seekers benefits from national coverage. Keith went on to explain that they deal with between 300 - 400 sales in a typical year, covering the whole country from Cornwall to Cumbria and The Midlands, not forgetting Wales, the south of England and the north. There is no part of the country Keith will not travel to. The Seekers’ website is the busiest it has ever been, with people having more time at home making plans for downsizing and selling their house to buy that dream park home. Seekers use Zoopla and Prime Location, and so coverage on the Internet is very strong. In fact, a lot of buyers simply ‘Google’ park homes for sale, or park home estate agents and Seekers appears at the stop of any search.  When Keith and his staff - Zoe, Gina, Helen and Anna - speak to customers it is always an informed and friendly conversation as, unlike normal agents, park homes are Seekers’ main business.

▲ Keith and the friendly Seekers team are always happy to help buyers and sellers

As we are in the midst of recovery from Coronavirus, and Brexit draws to a close, it is good to know there is a company still growing and thriving. It is also good to know that if you need advice on surveys, conveyancing, fi nance and solicitors Seekers can help.

For more information from Seekers about selling your home, please complete the enquiry form below and send it to: 183 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1JU HOW TO SELL YOUR PARK HOME YOUR NAME ....................................................................................................................... ADDRESS .............................................................................................................................. ...................................................................................................................................................... COUNTY ................................................................................................................................. POST CODE ......................................................................................................................... TEL ............................................................................................................................................. EMAIL ......................................................................................................................................

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COMMUNITY NEWS

COMICAL SCARECROW COMPETITION

SAY HELLO TO PERCY! Here is the latest novel and hilarious competition to take place at Oak Tree Farm - making your own scarecrow. There were no rules other than the date it needed to be put in residents’ front gardens and to stay put for a week (which turned out to be a windy week!). There were three prizes up for grabs, with a top prize of £50. Every resident on the park had a vote, which were counted by the postman to make it fair. It ended up, as always, brilliant fun. Many residents joined in and every scarecrow was different with so many funny pictures, which are a ‘must see’.

All week families were walking round the park taking photos and laughing. Even vans and delivery drivers stopped and snapped as well. One resident, who walks his lovely little westie round daily, had such a fright when he saw Donald Trump sat in someone’s front garden! The poor dog was traumatised for weeks, as were some other residents too! The talent everyone showed was a credit to all. The park’s social secretary, Pete, created a policeman scarecrow with a flashing speed camera to slow the traffic down. In fact, it shocked the life out of the paperman at 5:00AM when he was delivering papers in the dark.

Residents on a park in East Sussex have been very fortunate to welcome a new and unusual visitor – a beautiful peacock who they have nicknamed Percy. He first appeared around 18 months ago and has been a visitor ever since, wandering around the park and getting endless breakfasts on the way. One of the residents, Dave, thought he had taken too many tablets when he woke up one morning and looked out of the window to see Percy sat on the roof opposite – a bit big for a pigeon he thought! Percy seems to have adopted Dave and Stella, sitting on their wall and sheltering in their open porch. Although he does create a bit of a mess, there is no doubt that he is quite a character. We would love to hear from you if you have any unusual visitors on your park. Send your stories and photos to alex.melvin@kelsey.co.uk.

HAPPY DAYS AT DEWLANDS

Despite the restrictions Dewland Park continued their fundraising efforts.

In what has been a strange old year, Dewlands Park was able to purchase a bench thanks to a donation from Paul Baker Insurance Services. The bench has been positioned near the park’s book and puzzle library. The Dorset park also managed to have a socially distanced Bank Holiday BBQ. There was no marquee or bunting, but there were

lots of bubbles, chat and laughter. Fundraising continued despite the restrictions in place, and the park raised £280 for breast cancer by having a garden tea party in July and, although they could not have the September coffee morning due to restrictions, they sent a newsletter out to residents and raised £325 for the Macmillan local hospital. These donations were all given by the lovely park residents.

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It’s been an eventful year for the park home community. We look back at some of the highlights in 2020…

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government guidelines, meaning less passengers each trip and, sadly, no day trips. However, their usual shopping trips continued even through lockdown, putting a little sense of normality back into the community thanks to the brilliant volunteer drivers who, putting their masks on, never missed a chance to help the community. The residents sanitised, socially distanced and shopped for others with laughter and smiles on their faces. However, with fewer passengers, no day trips and the usual fundraising events cancelled, the revenue to keep the minibus on the road was hit and so they got to thinking of ways to raise the much needed funds. One idea, in coordination with government guidelines, was a Grand Christmas Prize Draw. They are very grateful to their sponsors and The Elms management

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for providing some lovely prizes - a £150 gift voucher and hamper. In addition, one of the minibus drivers is putting on his walking shoes and doing a sponsored 10km walk, with all money raised going to support the minibus. There’s also a 50/50 club, which is drawn monthly, and again run by volunteers. They are a dedicated bunch, determined to keep the minibus on the road! With all the new information and activities at The Elms, they have produced a monthly magazine. The Elms Advertiser is put together solely by volunteers and is a great way to keep up-to-date with what’s happening at the park. The Elm’s Sue Strangeway shares a final happy thought: “Let’s hope 2021 is a positive year for all, there is still so much to The Elms Minibus look forward too!”

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A special thanks to our sponsors and The Elms management for kindly providing some lovely prizes, a £150 gift voucher and hamper are up for grabs. One of our lovely drivers is putting on his walking shoes and doing a sponsored 10km walk, with all money raised going to

printing is paid for by its advertisers too. Finally, there is a 50/50 club, which is drawn monthly, and again run by volunteers.

We are a dedicated bunch, determined to keep our Minibus on the road. So, from all of us volunteers, passenger, residents, management and advertisers, we wish you all good fortune. Let’s hope 2021 is a positive year for all, there is still so much to look 2021 PARK HOME NEWS 11 forward too! 19/01/2021 13:47

Our Sponsors: Kinvena Homes Ltd 01427 718243 Paul Baker Insurance Services 0800 0385266


PCS are a familiar and trusted name when it comes to park home refurbishments.

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family run business, PCS has been working solely in the park home industry for the past 16 years, and is therefore an expert in the refurbishment of park homes both internally and externally. The business prides itself on the standard of workmanship and customer service it offers; by providing a bespoke service customers are able to advise PCS of their requirements. PCS will offer recommendations and guidance to give the customer the best experience and a completed

park home refurbishment that meets their expectations. PCS has many satisfied customers who have returned to them over the years for different projects as and when they wish to modernise/ upgrade/refurbish their homes. They also undertake insurance works and carry out jobs for a number of park owners. If you are interested in refurbishing your park home, be it one area or the complete home, you can look at work PCS has previously undertaken as well as read a full

 There are many options when it comes to choosing your new kitchen

 All bathroom works can be undertaken from the smallest repair to a full refurbishment

resume of the company at their website: www.pcs-parkhomes.co.uk. As PCS are based in Poole, Dorset, they only cover the southern part of England, so please contact them on 01202 267600 to find out if they work in your area.

“PCS has many satisfied customers who have returned to them over the years for different projects.”

PAUL AND LINDA COLEMAN Gas Safe Engineer - 25 years experience Gas Safe Register Number 215518 We do not use contracted labour on any of our works

Tel: 01202 267600 – Email: pc_s@hotmail.co.uk VAT Registration No: 865138507

Fast Efficient Reliable Service Quality Works at Reasonable Rates No job too big or too small Kitchens / Bathrooms Full Central Heating for your homes to include High Efficiency boilers and radiators All external pipes will be clipped beneath your home and insulated to current standards. Electrics and Plumbing undertaken by qualified and time served engineers Bedroom and Office Furniture Full Air Conditioning Unit installations undertaken External repairs and repaints undertaken New Rehau Oddleg Doors and Windows Insurance Work undertaken including Fire or Water Damage Fully Compliant with BS3632:2005

www.pcs-parkhomes.co.uk 46 Foxholes Road, Oakdale, Poole, Dorset, BH15 3NB

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TAKE THE TEST

Insurance is not just about the price – in fact it is more about peace of mind. So why not make a cup of coffee, select your favourite biscuit(s), put your feet up and use our checklist to see how your policy compares with the policies available from Paul Baker Insurance Services?

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aul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS) are a specialist park home insurance intermediary based in Cheltenham. They offer a choice of policies - ‘Select’ and ‘Economy’ - designed to meet your requirements and budget. The policies are underwritten by AXA Insurance UK plc but PBIS do all the work, from quotation to policy issue, from renewal to claim all in house with FREEPHONE numbers and real people, so there are no call centres, engaged tones or recorded messages. No insurance policy will cover every eventuality, but just how comprehensive is your park home insurance? Here we highlight four important elements in what we believe should be a fit for purpose policy:

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POLICY EXCESSES

VERMIN

Most policies EXCLUDE loss or damage caused by vermin such as mice and rats, the latter especially can cause significant damage. Indeed, in 2018 PBIS dealt with a claim for rat infestation which resulted in the home being considered a total loss. Most park home policies would have repudiated this claim, and the home owner may well have ended up homeless. The ‘Select’ policy covers vermin damage, the ‘Economy’ policy does not. How does your policy compare – is it fit for purpose?

Most policies will have an excess, the amount you have to pay in the event of a claim. They are designed to help reduce the cost of the policy; in practice they also deter people from making a claim. Most people will accept a modest excess, perhaps £50 or £100, but some policies have significantly higher excesses, for example £500 for water damage claims, the most frequent type of claim. This is a sizeable amount that you will have to find in the event of a claim. The ‘Select’ policy from PBIS has NO EXCESSES, while the ‘Economy’ policy has a standard £100 excess for most claims at the time of writing, but additional excesses are being considered on older homes. Do you know what excesses apply on your policy?

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NO POLICY EXCESSES

PBIS

YOUR POLICY ECONOMY POLICY COVER & BENEFITS

NEW FOR OLD COVER ON EVERYTHING ✓ (INCLUDING CLOTHING & LINEN) BLANKET SUMS INSURED ✓ PARK HOME UP TO £600,000 CONTENTS UP TO £65,000 ✓

£100 POLICY EXCESS ON MOST CLAIMS

additional excesses may apply on older homes

NEW FOR OLD COVER ON EVERYTHING (EXCEPT CLOTHING & LINEN) BLANKET SUMS INSURED PARK HOME UP TO £300,000 CONTENTS UP TO £40,000

OUTBUILDINGS, SKIRTINGS, EXTENSIONS PORCHES ALL INCLUDED

✓ ✓

SITE CLEARANCE, RE-SITING AND DELIVERY FEES ALL INCLUDED

✓ ✓

VERMIN DAMAGE

24 HOUR LEGAL ADVICE HELPLINE

✓ ✓

LEGAL EXPENSES UP TO £50,000 PER CLAIM

✓ ✗

CERTAIN SITE OWNER DISPUTES INCLUDED

✓ ✗

24 HOUR HOME EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

✓ ✓

UP TO 3 CALL OUTS PER YEAR

(Includes central heating or boiler failure, boiler must be less than 15 years old and annually serviced)

UP TO £1000 PER CALL OUT UP TO £250 PER CALL OUT FREEZER CONTENTS - UNLIMITED COVER

✓ UP TO £100

KEYS STOLEN - UP TO £1,000 TO ✓ UP TO £100 REPLACE LOCKS CONTENTS IN THE OPEN UP TO £1,500

e.g. garden furniture

✓ UP TO £250

GARDEN PLANTS UP TO £1,000 ✓ UP TO £250 e.g shrubs, trees, rockeries PROPERTY OWNERS’ LIABILITY UP TO £5M

✓ ✓

TEMPORARY ALTERNATIVE ACCOMODATION UP TO £133,000

✓ UP TO £68,000

(if the home is made uninhabitable by an insured peril such as fire)

✓ ✗ LOSS OF METERED WATER & OIL UP TO £2,000 ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE INCLUDED ✓ LIMITED TO SANITARY WARE, e.g. damage to carpets, furniture, ornaments, sanitary ware GLASS AND ENTERTAINMENT , glass and entertainment equipment EQUIPMENT ONLY BUSINESS EQUIPMENT UP TO £5,000

VALUABLES LIMIT IN THE HOME £20,000

✓ £7,500

SINGLE ITEM VALUABLE LIMIT IN THE HOME £5,000

✓ £1,500

CASH IN THE HOME £500 IN HOUSE PERSONAL CLAIMS HANDLING

✓ £150

WORLDWIDE PERSONAL POSSESSIONS -

Optional extra – e.g. jewellery, cameras, lap tops, spectacles

UP TO 60 CONSECUTIVE DAYS ✓ UP TO 30 CONSECUTIVE DAYS UNOCCUPANCY ALLOWED EMERGENCY ENTRY

✓ ✓

SHOPPING IN TRANSIT UP TO £350

✓ ✗

PAYMENT CARD LIABILITY UP TO £1,000

✓ ✗

LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY STORM, FLOOD, ESCAPE OF WATER OR OIL, THEFT OR ATTEMPTED THEFT, IMPACT BY ROAD VEHICLES, FALLING TREES/BRANCHES, MALICIOUS DAMAGE

LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY SUBSIDENCE OR HEAVE OF THE SITE ON WHICH THE HOME STANDS EXCLUDES THE BASE (OWNED BY THE SITE )

This is a summary of features and benefits, inevitably terms and conditions may apply so please contact PBIS FREE on 0800 0385 093 for more information.

SELECT POLICY COVER & BENEFITS

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This is a summary of features and benefits, inevitably terms and conditions may apply so please contact PBIS FREE on 0800 0385 093 for more information.

NEW FOR OLD REPLACEMENT Most, if not all, park home policies provide cover on a replacement as new basis meaning that in the unlikely event of a total loss the home and contents are replaced as new. This should include the cost of site clearance, re-siting and delivery fees, the replacement of outbuildings such as sheds and garages and the replacement of additions such as porches, skirting, decking and extensions. The contents in the home and the outbuildings should also be replaced on a similar basis, although clothing and linen is often replaced on an indemnity or market value basis. The question to ask is ‘Are my sums insured adequate?’. Many polices offer what are described as ‘blanket’ sums insured. These are reassuringly high sums insured, which should ensure that in the unlikely event of a total loss you do not need to worry. However, some policies offer cover based on a specified sum insured agreed by you, which may have been appropriate when the policy was first issued but it is likely that over the years these sums insured will not have kept pace with the increasing costs of a new home, and the result could be that in the event of a total loss the sum insured may not be adequate, you are under insured and the policy will not be able to replace your home with a new one. The ‘Select’ policy from PBIS offers a home sum insured of up to £600k and contents of up to £65k (including new for old on clothing and linen), the ‘Economy’ policy sums insured are up to £300k and up to £40k on contents (market value on clothing and linen). Are your sums insured fit for purpose?

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4 HOME EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE 24 hours a day – 365 days of the year – sadly there are many unscrupulous rogue traders preying upon older members of our community, charging crazy amounts which they demand in cash and often doing a very poor job as well. Many park home residents are elderly and vulnerable and many residential parks are in isolated rural locations where it is often difficult to find a competent tradesman. This is when a policy which includes a 24 hour Home Emergency Assistance Service really comes into its own. Not only does it locate a reliable, reputable and competent tradesman for you, at any time of the day or night, it also covers an element of the cost as well. That really is fantastic peace of mind. The ‘Select’ policy from PBIS includes this service. It can be used up to three times a year and the first £1,000 of the call out, labour, parts and materials, including VAT, to carry out an emergency temporary or permanent repair are included. The ‘Economy’ policy includes a reduced benefit of up to £250 per call out. Does your policy include this valuable benefit ?

SO HOW DOES YOUR POLICY COMPARE? IS IT FIT FOR PURPOSE? FOR YOUR PERSONAL QUOTATION AND ADVICE CALL

FREE 0800 0385 093

Typical costs (at the time of going to print) for the ‘Select’ policy start at £325.44, reducing to £244.46 for the ‘Economy’ policy for homes manufactured after 1994, higher premiums apply for older homes. Prices include a £20 policy fee and Insurance Premium Tax at 12% and take into account a 15% discount for members of a local or national residents’ association (e.g. IPHAS ) or residents who live on one of our ‘Select’ parks, which include parks owned by Turners Group, Birch’s, Tingdene Parks and Michael Ward. PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO OUR USUAL UNDERWRITING CRITERIA (note we are unable to insure homes with solid fuel heating – log/wood burners).

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30 YEARS AT NUMBER 1 This year Prestige Developments, the UK’s leading park home refurbishment company, celebrate their 30th Anniversary.

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fter cutting their teeth and learning their trade at Tingdene Homes in the 1980s, partners Mick Todd, Keith Hanger and Silvano Geranio decided it was the right time to ‘go it alone’, and Prestige was launched on 2nd April, 1991 (1st April was just too risky!). The goal was simply to create the UK’s most comprehensive service to park home owners, providing them with structural work in line with the BS3632 standards and materials used in the manufacturing sector. The ethos was, and remains to this day, to employ highly skilled specialist engineers and admin staff, and to look after them. Alongside their story you will see classic examples of their work which, whilst fundamentally the same as 30 years ago, sees the specification continually altered and improved as new products and standards come along. Prestige Developments’ growth has always been steady and controlled, never losing sight of the original goals and ethos that formed the basis of the business.

Ray’s original Lisset home before its transformation

 Below left: Ray’s home after its 1991 refurbishment. Below right: In 2017 Ray’s home received another fantastic external makeover

The refurbishment company is very proud and grateful to its amazing employees, both those who have already passed 25 years of service and those that have joined them along the way, building the future of the company. They can even boast that their very first engineer, whilst no longer out in the field (it’s hard graft!), is still employed by the Prestige

Group in its hugely successful manufacturing company!

LOYAL CUSTOMERS

Prestige Developments’ loyal customers, who come back time and again, often moving to a different part of the country or even on the same park but in a different home, will call them in to bring their home up to today’s standards.

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Probably the most unusual story is that of Ray Garwood from Kings Langley, who lived in a 1970 Lissett 40’ x 10’ and was one of Prestige’s ‘full refurb’ clients in the summer of 1991. Prestige’s Keith Hanger explains: “I would drive past on many occasions, until 10 - 15 years ago when it ‘disappeared’, and I assumed that it had gone to that park home estate in the sky, and a shiny new home was in its place. “However, three years ago I had a call from Ray. He was still on the park AND in the same home, which had been moved as part of a regeneration of the park’s layout. As he was about to retire, he wanted us to carry out the latest external makeover, which we, of course, were very happy and proud to do. “So, a 1970 home was brought up to 1991 standards; and a 1991 home was brought up to 2017 standards, without the homeowner ever having to move out - a 47 year history of park life!”

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A GROWING BUSINESS

As park home living grew in popularity, new estates were always breaking new ground in providing luxury lifestyle, coupled with ongoing Government legislation to protect residents’ investment and security, and Prestige moved to keep up with the times. In 2001 they opened their own UPVC window and door manufacturing company to ensure all their clients were receiving the very highest standards set by BS3632. Today the company produces in excess of 20 complete sets of park home windows and doors every week. 2002 saw another first. Always looking for new products, they carried out the very first installation of the German ‘Vinylit’ cladding system to a park home in the UK, accompanied by technical advisors flown over specifically to assist and witness another milestone for Prestige. 18 years and 2,000 installations later, the first home still looks as good as the last. The only maintenance needed being a chemical spray clean to rid it of tree algae every four to five years. 2007 was another huge year as the Prestige brand built its first new park home, growing swiftly to become a major player in the manufacturing sector. In 2013 acquired the Homeseeker brand and state-of-

Some clients transform the whole exterior to match that of a new home

the-art manufacturing, sales and administrating facility, just four miles from where it all started in 1991! Today the manufacturing company is the largest in the UK, and expanding even as we go to press.The last 10 years has seen specifications for refurbishment literally go through the roof. As

“30 years at Number 1, and with a complete restructure in 2020, Prestige are geared up to stay there for the next generation of park owners!”

the value of new homes increases, especially in areas where traditional housing costs are astronomical, so the discerning buyer of an existing home on a developed plot demands the very highest standards. It is not uncommon for clients to totally transform the whole exterior to match that of a new home, and then employ local trades to do the same inside. The results are incredible and hugely increase the value of the property, creating a beautiful, warm home, bespoke to their own tastes. So, 30 years at Number 1, and with a complete restructure in 2020, Prestige are geared up to stay there for the next generation of park owners!

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW As the nation turns to their gardens for inspiration and comfort, Jenny Shelton shares some tips on how to attract garden birds and enjoy nature on your doorstep.

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ur lives have become smaller and more contained, so we’re turning to the simpler things in life to find joy and comfort. For those of us lucky enough to have them, our gardens can be a wonderful source of pleasure in difficult times. As spring bursts into life, just being outside, with the sun on our faces and living things growing all around us, can really lift the spirits. And though we may not be able to invite friends and family round for Sunday lunch, there are some visitors we can still engage with – our garden birds.

 Jenny had blue tits set up their home in a nestbox in her garden

ATTRACTING BIRDS

Birds look for three main things when deciding whether to visit a garden. Here are some tips on how to be the perfect garden bird host or hostess.

BUSIER THAN EVER

At this time of year, birds are busier than ever, zipping about finding food for hungry, helpless chicks. I am really getting to know my resident starlings, which visit my feeders each morning and again just before dusk. There’s a flock of around four or five of them, all adults at the moment. The males are gorgeous and glossy in their full breeding plumage. The females look a little browner overall, with more white flecks. If you are looking through binoculars, you might be able to tell them apart by their bills; males have blue at the base while females have pink. I have also had a pair of blue tits set up home in our north-facing nestbox. By the end of May into early June the chicks should be fledging. Personally, since I was a child, I have taken great joy in making lists of the birds I see in my garden. It is a lovely activity to focus on and helps me really notice and appreciate my birds, instead of taking them for granted. Plus, over time it helps me build up a picture of what I see and when, and spot patterns. This is also a great time of year to enjoy one of nature’s best gifts: birdsong. Just take a moment, if you can, to stand or sit outside with your eyes closed. Drink in those sounds. A crow, a wood pigeon… it does not have to be exotic to make you feel rested and at peace.

Putting out food will help attract birds to your garden

Tipping its head back allows the water to run down the bird’s throat

Food Peanuts and suet balls (not the ones in mesh) are my go-to foods. Running low? There are plenty of other foodstuffs which you can put out safely for birds, including many of the things you normally throw away. Grated mild cheese, cooked potato, cooked rice, porridge oats (uncooked), dried fruit and pastry (cooked or uncooked) all make tasty meals. Just avoid anything salty, and remember that too much bread can simply fill birds up without providing them with necessary nutrients. And dried fruit can be harmful to dogs and cats.

Water A shallow dish of water topped up regularly will provide a place for birds to drink and bathe, especially during dry spells when birds don’t have access to puddles! Did you know that birds can’t slurp? If you watch them, you’ll see they dip their bills in water and tip their heads back to let the water run down their throats. Shelter If you’ve put out food, but your garden is still being avoided, it may be because there is not enough shelter for them. Birds like trees and big shrubs to hide in: blue tits for example will grab a bit of peanut, then fly away to eat it in a more private, sheltered spot. You could also try moving your feeders to a different part of the garden to find out what works best. Birds can be fussy!

Spring is a busy time of year for birds

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GREEN FINGE RED Entries for this year’s Garden Photo competition were better than ever! Here we take a look through some of the highlights and explain how you can get your garden featured in next year’s issue of Park Home News…

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f there was one good thing about last year’s lockdown it was the glorious sunshine, which many of us made the most of by spending our free time enjoying our gardens. For some that was the simple pleasure of relaxing with a cup of tea and a magazine, while for others many hours were spent creating and caring for stunning gardens. Sadly, during the first lockdown we were unable to visit garden centres, but fortunately many did offer online buying. Although not ideal when it comes to buying plants – you really want to be able to browse and choose for yourself – it was certainly better than nothing. When garden centres finally re-opened we flocked to them in our socially distanced numbers, eager to be able to add to the spring work we had already completed in our gardens. Not surprisingly, the way we used our gardens in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 has had a direct impact on many of the trends we are now seeing in 2021… We all spent more time at home last year, which meant we made more use of our gardens and made them an extension of our indoor spaces. So, one of the big trends is a continuation of the inside/outside concept and creating a natural flow between the two whether it’s flooring, choice of plants or creating another ‘room’ in your garden with outdoor sofas, garden rugs and outdoor cushions. Some plants, like geraniums, work both indoors and outdoors too, helping to add to the connection between the two. Another popular theme is wild gardens full of long, wild grasses along paths or fences with lots of flowers that will encourage wildlife and insects. We love our wildlife and so making havens for bees, birds, butterflies and hedgehogs is incredibly important. So, what else will we be seeing more of in 2021? Continuing the indoor/outdoor theme, balconies and decking can be made to feel really homely with comfy furnishings and lovely smelling plants like jasmine and lavender. Raised beds are another big trend that help to make small spaces seem bigger and can help zone a garden, but even if you aren’t interested in a big gardening project you could opt for a simple windowsill garden. Some great plants to consider include those you might use in your cooking like herbs, chilli, baby beetroot and onion. The simple rule of gardening, though, is to follow your heart and choose the style that best reflects you!

This is incredible transformation is by June and Dave Bowers. What started out as an overgrown and unused area of their garden has been transformed to reveal a surprisingly large area, which now offers the couple a fantastic, low maintenance seating area. It was hard work to complete, but well worth it. We love the countryside views they can now enjoy from their raised seating area. June and Dave Bowers St James Park, Baddesley, Warwickshire

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GE RED GREATS! The great thing about gardening is that you really can do what makes you happy, and we love this idea from Denise Ryall. She planted a bra for the Breast Cancer Haven garden in Hereford, which Denise helps to maintain so that people can enjoy a rest or a chat over a cup of tea.Denise also planted pink shoes with alpines so that they last into the winter months too. As Denise says: “Anything is possible, just do it!”. Denise also said she “hopes these pictures makes you smile” and we can certainly say that it does! Thank you Denise. Denise Ryall Yew Tree Park, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Christine Didier sent in these photos of her wonderfully colourful garden. Christine explained: “We have lived here for four years. The soil is very clay and the garden needed a lot of work: we replaced the hedge, re-designed and filled the borders and built lots of retaining walls.” Well, we think the hard work has clearly paid off – your garden is beautiful! Christine Didier Parkfoot Lodges, North Yorkshire

Sue Brunsdon has sent in some lovely photos of her garden. Photo 1 shows off her beautiful South African Honey Plant, which she planted two years ago when it was 12in high. Sue’s Buddha is nestled between the plants. Photo 2 shows the tranquil area where Sue loves to sit during the day with a cappuccino, or in the evening with a glass of wine! Lastly, photo 3 is of Sue’s very first Buddha, which she bought over five years ago, one of seven that now surround her park home making her feel very safe. Thank you Sue for sharing your photos! Sue Brunsdon Beacon Heights, Walsall, West Midlands

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We have loved seeing all your park home garden photos, and if you want to share your garden in the 2022 issue of Park Home News simply send in a selection of your best garden photos. Post your photos, with your name, address, daytime telephone number and email to: Park Home News, Garden Photo Competition, c/o Alex Melvin, Kelsey Media, Cudham Tithe Barn, Berry’s Hill, Cudham, Kent TN16 3AG. Or, email your images to alex.melvin@ kelsey.co.uk. Please include a description of each photo and a general overview of your garden.

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FEELING

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ne of the biggest positives of park home living has always been the sense of community that is prevalent on so many residential parks across the country, and the response to these awards is evidence of that.  Every nomination deserves a mention and because all the nominees have made, and continue to make, a very real difference to people’s lives, every nomination has been included in our ‘thank you’ roll of honour. In addition every nominator and every nominee will be able to claim a £20 discount on their insurance premium if they are insured with PBIS – either against their next renewal or against a new policy being issued.  

AND THE WINNER IS...

Pride of place goes to TREVOR SALT of UPTON GLEN PARK, who was nominated by JANE OFFER. Trevor really has made a tremendous difference to Jane during a challenging time when her husband was in hospital, making many journeys with very early starts. He has also helped deal with some tricky Council Tax issues, made numerous trips to

In the 2020 issue Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS) launched their Good Neighbour Awards with prizes of £100 for the winning neighbour and £100 for the person making the winning nomination. The response, as you will see here, was fantastic!  local supermarkets and the post office, shared his home grown apples and pears and spent many hours dealing with a water leak. In Jane’s own words Trevor: “Really does go above and beyond, is always willing to share what he has and is very kind hearted.” Congratulations to Trevor, a truly deserving winner, and to Jane for making such a compelling nomination. We hope that they will enjoy spending their prize money! Sadly, due to Covid, we were unable to present the prizes in person, which was a great shame.  

SPECIAL MENTIONS

The late Dave Hannam - We do want to make a special mention for the nomination from PETER GILL of ORGANFORD MANOR COUNTRY PARK who nominated DAVE HANNAM, who sadly died very suddenly last year. Dave was a larger than life character who made a very real difference to the community organising events, ensuring nobody was ever left out and embracing the challenge of Covid keeping everyone engaged and sane! His friendship and kindness, his willingness to help, his amusing anecdotes, his home baking, his home grown potatoes and his smiling face will never be forgotten. Peter, thank you for your lovely nomination. Caroline Foster - Thanks to LESLEY EVE of DEWLANDS PARK for nominating her neighbour CAROLINE FOSTER who she describes as ‘an angel’. Caroline set up the residents’ association, since when the whole atmosphere of the park has changed. “We have so much fun and laughter,” she says. Caroline knows the name of everyone on the park and helps lots of residents in a

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variety of ways, arranging social activities as well as a defibrillator kiosk full of books, DVDs, cds and jigsaws. Congratulations Caroline, keep up of the good work! Karen Roberts - Welcoming new residents to their home is really important, so we are delighted to mention KAREN ROBERTS of SUNNINGDALE PARK, nominated by her neighbour LESLEY BRICE. When Lesley moved in she felt lonely and isolated, not knowing the area and unable to drive. Karen and Lesley met whilst dog walking, following which Karen encouraged Lesley to join her creative writing class. Since then they have written three books together, Karen introduced Lesley to events going on at the village hall and helped looked after the two blind dogs that Lesley fosters for Blind Dog Rescue UK. Thank you Karen.   Marg Hobbs - Lastly we have MARG HOBBS of PLANET PARK who was nominated by SYLVIA ‘PAT’ STONE. Sylvia wrote a lovely nomination, sadly a little too long to replicate here! Nevertheless it is very apparent that Marg has been, and remains, a wonderful friend and neighbour with, as Marg says, “a heart of gold, she is an angel of a carer, she’s always there to help in sickness and health.” She concludes by saying Marg is “my treasure, my angel, my best friend.” What a lovely nomination. Congratulations Marg.   We would have liked to mention each nomination individually but there are just too many. Choosing a winner was so difficult because everyone deserved to win.

NOMINATE YOUR NEIGHBOUR!

THANK YOU ROLL OF HONOUR A big thank you to all our other nominees and nominators. n JO and ROB CADBY of SILVER LAKES nominated by COLIN and PATRICIA BROOKER n ZENA FRENCH of HILLTOP PARK nominated by GLYN and SHEENA THOMAS n SUE & PHIL of WYRE VALE PARK nominated by SUSAN THORNTON n SUSAN HEYES of ASHBURTON PARK nominated by CAROLYNNE WILLIAMSON n GRAHAM FIELD of HAM MANOR PARK nominated by MARTHA ROY n DAWN, MELVIN, JEZ, MARIE and IRIS of ALVASTON PARK nominated by HOLLY MOWBRAY n BARBARA RICHARDS of BRIAR BANK PARK nominated by ANNIE BARTON n PETER OWEN of HARTHURSTFIELD PARK nominated by DAPHNE KNIGHT n DONALD ROBINSON of WARFIELD PARK nominated by IVY PROWSE n JIM and SYLVIA CHAMBERS of THE ELMS nominated by PAT and IAN THOMPSON n JIM and CAROL WINDSOR of MILLFIELD PARK nominated by CAROL MATTHEWMAN n CAROL and MIKE KENNERK of SOUTHWAITE GREEN MILL nominated by BRENDA LEA n TONY BALL of HALL PARK nominated by JACK DEARDEN n LIZ MAGUIRE of WOODCOT PARK nominated by MRS G ARMSTRONG n NORMA VINEY of ELMSTEAD PARK nominated by LINDA ASHMAN

NICEST NEIGHBOUR AWARDS ENTRY FORM YOUR NAME: ADDRESS:

If you would like to nominate your neighbour for the 2021 Nicest Neighbour awards please write to Paul Baker, PBIS, 16 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6AA or email paul.baker@pbinsurance.co.uk. We simply need your name and contact details, the name of your nominee and the reasons for your nomination. Please be aware that both the nominator and nominee are likely to be mentioned in the magazine. There will be three prizes this time of £200, £100 and £50 to the winning nominees only.

TEL: EMAIL: YOUR NEIGHBOUR’S NAME: WHY YOU ARE NOMINATING YOUR NEIGHBOUR:

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“Seekers offer a specialist service as they focus on sales of park homes, lodges and holiday homes..”

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ARE YOU THINKING OF BUYING A PARK HOME? Not sure how to proceed? Then why not let the experts help you! It’s not the same as buying bricks and mortar. The legal side of things is totally different. Your future in your new park home will be idyllic …….but only if you follow the advice of experts on procedures to follow and the pitfalls to avoid. Before paying out hundreds of thousands of pounds on your ‘dream’ park home, you should first consult a lawyer or take advice from INDEPENDENT PARK HOME ADVISORY SERVICE This organisation offers a comprehensive information pack to potential first-time park home buyers which can be obtained from the address below. If you are already a resident, but experiencing some difficulties, IPHAS’s knowledgeable advisors will be happy to offer advice and support to members. Annual membership is just £6 per home. For further information, please contact: Membership 19 College Close Probus TRURO Cornwall TR2 4LW 0800 612 8938 or visit www.iphas.co.uk

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answer is ‘no’. If you have bought or sold a house or a flat, you will ling with the paperwork. With a park home sale or purchase, u generally wouldn’t undertake “searches” and there usually won’t e Land Registry. mobile and park home owners benefit from an industry that has gislation now provides buyers and sellers with better guidance, a nd unprecedented protection. obligation to take legal advice, buying, selling or renting a park home n that generates serious fi nancial, legal and emotional consequences

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SEEKERS, THE UK’S FAVOURITE PARK HOME AGENT

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nlike ordinary estate agents, Seekers offer a specialist service as they focus on sales of park homes, lodges and holiday homes. They have a national coverage with Keith Morgan, the owner of the business, coming out to see the customer personally at their home. Keith says: “People are often surprised to see me, but as the owner of Seekers and with almost 40 years’ experience I am the best person for advice and help.” Seekers have a large specialist website – www.seekersparkhomes. co.uk - and with many customers using Google to search for this, it can be found very quickly. They also use property portals Zoopla and Prime Location, so both buyers and sellers can fi nd them easily. Park Home News

magazine is, of course, another way people get in contact with Seekers, and the traditional ways of phoning or visiting their high street office in Aldershot still work well too. They would love to help you sell your lodge or holiday home!

HOW TO SELL YOUR PARK HOME YOUR NAME ................................................................................................ ADDRESS ....................................................................................................... COUNTY .......................................................................................................... POST CODE .................................................................................................. TEL ...................................................................................................................... EMAIL ............................................................................................................... Send it to: 183 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1JU

CONTACT SEEKERS

EMAIL: office@seekersestateagents.com TELEPHONE: 01252 313554 WEBSITE: www.seekersparkhomes.co.uk

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Park-HELP-Line is the free voluntary help line that makes no charge to residents and receives no government handout.

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his friendly and “The Council have the site-owner in and confidential out of court for breaking planning regs and service has moved now he is at it again. Taking gardens, tel:success 02038 466601 from to success altering road layouts, threatening thanks to the generosity residents. Police are not interested, nor the of Paul Baker of PB PARK-HELP-LINE isMP or Council. Interestingly, the Council Insurance Service for its will only go on site with a Police escort, but a Free, Friendly, telephones, Sam Mayer, and have told a resident who was threatened that solicitor at Henriqueshelp itline was nothing to do with them….” Confidential Griffiths, for a free initial   and its Operators will“Someone try to is having problems with their legal consultation and last, certainly not Owners Residents’ Association, which is demanding getbut Park Home least, the amazing that all social club monies are given talking to those who can Park-HELP-Line operators who are all park to them…” home residents givingproperly their time to help   assist with all others. As Sonia McColl OBE, who initiated “Lady, whose brother had acted as live-in matters related to Park the help line, says, “They are unsung heroes.” carer for their late grandma, is now being Park-HELP-Line consistently helps the told by the site owner that he has seven Home Living. many hundreds of park home residents who weeks to get out as he is under 50. He is next OPERATORS call. Usually, they are PLEASE at theirNOTE: wits’PARK-HELP-LINE end, and of kin so would inherit…” ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO GIVE ADVICE. the thanks that the Help Line receives clearly    demonstrates how important it is to have a “Lady caller says all residents have received PARK-HELP-LINE has been friendly operator who knows first-hand the letters from the site owner banning them initiated by Sonia McColl OBE of the problems experienced in the park home sector.   from doing any DIY or having any work done Here are just a few Park of theHome diverseOwners problems JUSTICE on their homes. The owner has also stolen Campaign and byof various plots to site a new home…” the Help Line has been asked about... is sponsored part

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The list of residents’ problems are endless and, sadly, they have now lost one of their wonderful operators. Therefore, Park-HELP-Line is desperate for more volunteer operators to join their happy team - they currently have six operators working from different parts of the country. They are part of a very friendly team who constantly keep in touch with each other.  The new operator would work from home and a telephone would be supplied along with Park-HELP-Line guidelines.  If you feel that you have a little spare time that you could give to help other park home residents, please contact Sonia on 0790 302 4612 or send an email to phojc1sm@gmail.com.

If you have a problem, don’t delay, call Park-HELP-Line 02038 466601

Paul Baker Insurance Services: 0800 0385 033 www.pbinsurance.co.uk

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PARK-HELP-LINE has been initiated by Sonia McColl OBE of the Park HomeOwners JUSTICE Campaign and is sponsored by Paul Baker Insurance Services: 0800 0385 033 why not call them for a park home insurance quotation? www.pbinsurance.co.uk Further informationand the PARK-HELP-LINE disclaimer can be viewed on the website at:

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INSURING OLDER HOMES In recent years many insurers have reviewed the cost and terms they apply for insuring older homes. Paul Baker of Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS) takes a look at the market and explains the reasons behind this change of approach.

We have carried out a very thorough analysis of all the claims we have dealt with in the last five years, some 1,500 claims in total and more than enough to enable us to understand the cause of claims and whether or not the age of the home is a significant factor. There is clear evidence that older homes are more susceptible to claims and the average cost of those claims is higher too. A particular problem appears to be loss or damage caused by the escape of water, so it is well worth checking all your water connections or getting a plumber to check them to avoid the upheaval and potential damage of a claim for water damage. Park homes, of course, are primarily constructed out of wood, and wood and water are not a great mix.    

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n the last few years many specialist park home insurers have changed their approach to the insurance of older homes based primarily upon their own claims experience. Sadly they have all come to the same conclusion, that older homes generate on average more claims than newer homes and the individual cost of those claims is often higher.  

WHAT'S AN OLDER HOME?

The definition of an older home will vary amongst insurers, but typically it will refer to homes manufactured more than 25 years ago. The approach taken by insurers will vary though, both in terms of the age of the home and their underwriting approach. Some simply will not quote on older homes, some will require a lot more information including photographs, details of any refurbishment which may have taken place and perhaps a copy of a survey if available. If you are considering the

OUR APPROACH purchase of an older home you should definitely arrange a survey from a specialist park home surveyor; it will certainly save problems further down the line. In terms of the underwriting approach, some insurers will charge a higher premium rate and some will apply higher policy excesses, so it is well worth shopping around to try and get the best cover you can at the best possible price. Here at PBIS we now charge a higher premium rate for homes manufactured before 1995 and we are also reviewing the policy excesses that apply, but we will consider homes of any age.  

WHAT'S THE EVIDENCE?

We can only speak for the evidence that we have experienced, although it is clear from actions that have previously been taken by some of our competitors that older homes warrant a more careful approach.

Older homes are subject to more claims, with the average cost of those claims higher too

Previously we have not charged a higher premium rate for older homes but based on the evidence, with effect from 1st October 2020, homes built before 1995 are subject to a 10% higher premium than homes built after that. This applied to all renewals from that date and all new quotes. Further terms may be considered in the future. When quoting on older homes we will require exterior and interior photos of the home, a copy of any survey undertaken and full details of any works carried out to the home. Essentially we are looking to ensure that the homes we arrange insurance for are in good condition and have been, and will be, well maintained.

Pre-1995 home? It’s worth giving us a call, but we will need photos – you don’t need to be David Bailey though!

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WORKING HARD FOR YOU Here’s what the Independent Park Home Advisory Service is doing for you. JOINING IPHAS

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he Independent Park Home Advisory Service was established 27 years ago by its current president Joan Aylott and her husband Ernie, together with Beryl and Roy Waite. Since that time IPHAS has built a solid nationwide reputation for offering comprehensive advice to thousands of people who either live in park homes or are contemplating the purchase of one. Although four of the most senior members of the IPHAS advisory and administrative team have retired, the organisation has re-grouped with the intention of building on the good work and excellent services for which it has always been known.

ADVISORY SERVICE

IPHAS is not a national residents’ association; it is an ‘independent advisory service’ and, as its name suggests, has always sought to provide independent advice to its members and other interested parties on any questions about the park home lifestyle. IPHAS team members are all volunteers and, although they are not lawyers and lack legal training, they have made extensive studies of the relevant legislation and how it is applied. This knowledge enables them to offer advice and/or make recommendations to park home residents with IPHAS membership. As well as advising residents, IPHAS has hitherto attended Government meetings, providing input into the development of park home legislation and regulation. It is the team’s intention to do more of this work in future, as circumstances allow.

HOW IPHAS WORKS

A large proportion of park owners operate their parks well and demonstrate a caring attitude towards their residents. An indication of IPHAS’s reputation for independence and fairness to all is the fact that, in the past, some park owners have asked IPHAS for guidance on changes to the law and how they should apply them in dealing with their residents.

IPHAS membership is open to any resident on a licensed park home site. The annual membership fee is £6 per home. Applications may be made through the IPHAS website, email or by post. Some parks (with a minimum of five IPHAS registrations) have a volunteer IPHAS agent or ‘distributor’, who collects fees and distributes renewed member However, in the event of a dispute certificates. Those ‘block’ members receive between a resident and the owner, the a discount over individual membership inquirer is first advised about the legal (i.e. £5 as opposed to £6). position and then guided through ways of Further information can be obtained on handling the dispute without going to the the IPHAS Facebook page (www. First Tier Property Tribunal for resolution. facebook.com/iphasfb), the website (iphas. If a tribunal is unavoidable, an IPHAS co.uk), by email (membership@iphas.co. team member will be able to assist the uk), telephoning 0800 612 6273 or by resident with the complexities of the writing to: Membership, 19 College Close, procedures and paperwork. Probus, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 4LW.

“A large proportion of park owners operate their parks well and demonstrate a caring attitude towards their residents.” THINKING OF MOVING TO A PARK HOME? Have you got a park in mind? If so, the IPHAS team suggests that you ask yourself the following questions before making that final decision:  If moving to a new area, do you know it well and really like it?  Does the park have a full residential licence providing you with security of tenure?  When visiting the park, have you chatted to any residents to find out if they think the park is well run and a ‘happy environment’?  Is the park owner a member of the BH&HPA or NCC?  Will the property be accessible in the event of a future disability?  Do you know your rights under the current Mobile Homes Act legislation?  Have you seen a copy of the park rules? Are dogs and cats allowed and can a pet be replaced on its demise?  Is the annual rent affordable and does it include electricity, mains or LP gas, and water and sewerage charges?  Is there enough car parking for your needs?  Is there provision for landline telephones and good broadband connection?  Will the park be accessible in the event of heavy rain or snowfall?  Are there shops selling basic foodstuffs within walking distance?  Is the nearest town with supermarkets, department stores etc... easily accessible by car or public transport?  Is the doctor’s surgery, dentist, optician etc… within easy reach?  Is the nearest hospital within easy distance using either a car or public transport?  If you’ve answered ‘no’ to any of the above questions, you may find it helpful to seek advice from an IPHAS advisor: info@iphas.co.uk / 0800 612 8938

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Carl Bowles Park & Holiday Home Services carries out numerous repair and refurbishment projects for park home owners, and here we take a closer look at the sometimes neglected, but vitally important, roof maintenance.

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oofs are probably the most overlooked areas of any property and often don’t get thought about until they leak or get damaged. Some roofs, like Welsh slate, can have a life expectancy in excess of 100 years. Other types of roof material can be composite, concrete, felt, fibreglass, plastic or steel. The list is long, but whatever the roof material every choice has one thing in common and that is a finite lifespan. With some materials, like felt and concrete, the lifespan cannot be extended. Let’s take concrete for instance. Concrete, from the time it’s set, will get harder for around 50 years, then go off for 50 years, so 100 years is its lifespan and that cannot be extended. Slate can last hundreds of years in itself; its limitations depend on what it’s fixed to and what it’s fixed with. Next we come to steel. This material is used in many types of industrial roofing from factories and warehouses to supermarkets and farm buildings and, last but not least, park homes. The park home tile is a very clever piece of manufacturing: it’s pressed into the shape of a concrete tile and finished with a coloured, granulated surface to make the image complete. Indeed, many people think it is actually concrete and have no idea it’s steel. So, the tiles on your home are pressed mild steel with a primer paint coat, which is then coated with coloured paint and finished with granules in a colour. The coating is pretty tough and durable and not easily damaged through normal exposure. The enemy is moss, algae lichen or anything that is growing on the tile.

WATER DAMAGE

The pitch on most park home roofs is approximately 15/18 degrees, which is quite shallow and water runs away slowly. Therefore when there is a build-up of moss the water is much

slower, and the moss retains this moisture making the protective coating almost permanently damp, if not wet. If you were to place one of your roof tiles in a bath of water for weeks on end the protective coating wouldn’t last very long and you would be down to bare steel and a rusty tile. So, to a lesser degree, this is the condition existing on a roof covered in moss. Once that coating DAY FIVE/SIX starts to lift all you’ve got is the

 What a difference - this photo shows a roof half covered in moss while the other half has been cleaned

primer and after that the bare steel and, when rust sets in, it will be too late to recover. Resitex has developed a roof coating dedicated to steel roof tiles and, coming from a market leader in the park home industry, it’s a top quality product. But, as with all paints or maintenance, preparation is the most important part, because with this type of work if it’s not carried out properly you will be wasting your time and money.

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Carl Bowles says: “We have been applying Roof Coat for some time now and have found the biggest challenge is cleaning the roof tiles. At first we were reluctant to use a pressure washer due to damaging the coating further than has been done by the moss and obviously the mess around the home. However, as with all types of work you learn and adapt so that you can do your best.

 Half of this roof has been cleaned and the other half has been painted giving it a new lease of life

“The first thing we do when coating a roof is to set up a staging the length of the home (access is everything), and then we set up a debris mesh in the gutter. We then pressure wash the roof with a washer that can be set on low pressure using a rotating nozzle, which puts less stress on the tiles. “Once we are happy that the tiles are completely clean, everything is rinsed down and left to dry. Before

coating, the roof is blown down with a leaf blower and then coated.”

GET IN TOUCH

So, there it is. If you want to give your roof a new lease of life and avoid a very costly re-tile, have it done properly, by one of the most trusted and experienced people in the industry. Just give Carl a ring 0778 5272933 or email carlbowlesphhs@gmail.com.

“If you want to give your roof a new lease of life and avoid a very costly re-tile, have it done properly.”

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TAKE TIME TO RE-EVALUATE For many of us, recent times have provided an opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate our lives, and for those seeking a new way of living Serenity Parks has the perfect solution at Kingsdown Meadow park. SO MANY BENEFITS!

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020 was a funny year; a time like no other in our lifetime. And, whilst there have been some challenges, there have been lots of positives and happy memories made too. Many people have had time to reflect on what they have been doing, where they see themselves and how they want to live their lives and, as a result, we’ve seen an increased number of people making changes, or planning to do so in the future. For those who are able, early retirement has become a very appealing prospect. The lockdown has inspired people to seize the moment and adopt the ‘work to live’ not ‘live to work’ mentality. Coupled with this has been an increased desire to escape the 24/7 nature of work in 2020, downsize their properties and live a simpler life in a rural corner of the country.

PERFECT SOLUTION

If you have been able to take early retirement, or are exploring the possibility of doing so in the near future, Kingsdown Meadow park has provided the perfect solution for many residents who are now enjoying the lifestyle that you are dreaming of. Moving to a stylish, smaller property in a gated community can bring a whole new way of life. A choice of park homes from different manufacturers, with varying layouts and interior options, means buyers can find a home that suits their needs with ease. All have rear outdoor spaces, are part of a friendly, welcoming community and, at Kingsdown Meadow park, are close to beautiful countryside. Plus the nearby town of Sevenoaks in the lovely county of Kent is just 25 minutes by train from the hustle and bustle of London.

“The lockdown has inspired people to seize the moment and adopt the ‘work to live’ not ‘live to work’ mentality.”

 Kingsdown Meadow offers park homes for all tastes

Marie Hanby, marketing manager, Serenity Parks commented: “Downsizing to one of our lovely luxury park homes is very appealing to many people including those that are seeking early retirement options or just a home that is easy to maintain and is located with like-minded people in a picturesque, gated setting. “From a practical point of view, all the homes at Serenity Parks are exempt from stamp duty and there is an assisted sale package available for those who have a home to sell, giving interested parties lots of options to make their dreams come true as they re-evaluate and engineer a simpler, more relaxing lifestyle.” Details of homes that are currently available can be found by visiting serenityparks.co.uk/developments/ kingsdown-meadow

 Park home living offers a simpler, more relaxing lifestyle

 What could be better than downsizing to a luxury park home?

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RESIDENTS’ NEWS

STAYING TOGETHER!

How a family owned park in Lincolnshire overcame the national coronavirus lockdown by bringing residents together… While they may be more used to coffee mornings with the neighbours and summer fetes, the residents at a pretty Lincolnshire park managed to stay sociable while staying safe indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to a new social media platform set up for residents of The Elms, in Torksey, by the site’s owners, the community spiritedness on-site remained intact. The Elms’ director, Tracey Coulson, explained that Facebook has proved very popular, enabling people to keep in touch, and get vital advice and support. Resourceful residents proffered advice and ideas on crafts and hobbies, traded happy memories and posted their favourite photos.

The Facebook page is not all that the helpful site owners have provided their residents though. The park minibus has been repurposed for shopping trips rather than the usual leisure outings. Residents even helped stage the park’s annual open day in April, despite the park being closed to outside visitors. Tracey said: “We have always been a very close community, but now I think there’s a fantastic spirit of togetherness in which everyone is reaching out to each other.” The park also helped residents get extra help during the crisis by flagging up various resources including a volunteer network organised by the local council. Owned by the Kinch family for more 35 years, the 340-home site is set in 65 acres of countryside. For more information see www.elmsretirementpark.co.uk.

FANTASTIC WORK!

A resident at an award-winning Scottish park rallied round for coronavirus victims in her community. Kind-hearted Veronica, of Red Deer Park, in Steppes, near Glasgow, collected toiletries for patients suffering from Covid-19 in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. A park spokesperson described the response to Veronica’s efforts so far as “fantastic”. Red Deer Village is a well-established retirement village for the over 50s and is a multiple gold award winner of the David Bellamy Conservation award. For more information about the park, please visit www.reddeervillage.co.uk where you can enjoy a 360 degree tour of the properties on the park, or call on 0141 779 2973 to find out more.

A WHEELY GOOD EFFORT RICHARD

Here’s how you can help support a fantastic charity endeavour from one of the Omar team…

A director at the Omar Group cycled 100 miles in a bid to raise vital cash for a 12-year-old girl who had her hand amputated after a freak trampoline accident. Vienna Hayers, from Bedford, suffered an horrific injury to her arm after performing a flip which

meant blood could not flow to her hand. Vienna underwent several operations in a bid to save her hand before the amputation. Omar Group’s Richard Sigsworth set up a charity fundraising page to raise money for Vienna, who attends the same dance school as his daughter. Yorkshireman Richard completed the charity cycle along The Cinder Track, between Scarborough and

Whitby. The 100-mile course is a popular off-road route through the North York Moors National Park, just inland from the stunning North Yorkshire coast. Richard said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has donated.” At the time of going to press, Richard raised £4,550 – £2,550 more than his target. If you would like to contribute, please visit https://gf.me/u/ysx496

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GETTING MOBILE A PHN reader with a talent for arts and crafts and a passion for mobile homes put his time in lockdown to good use…

Stephen Jarvis, of Bridgend, South Wales, decided to get creative with all the extra free time he had by building his own mini mobile home. Stephen crafted a wonderful model of an early 1970s Nene Valley Tyne MKII, as these images show. Stephen explained: “Back in the early 1970s, Nene Valley Homes, of Rushden, Northamptonshire, produced many leading models in mobile

homes. We lived in a Tyne MKII for many years at Middletown Residential Park, near Welshpool. So, since Nene Valley Homes is no longer around, I decided to start production again, albeit on a rather smaller scale! “I made this model from various art materials I already had at home.” Well, we think your unique creation looks fantastic Stephen! If you’ve been putting your own period of enforced isolation to equally good use, let us know. Send your stories and images to alex.melvin@ kelsey.co.uk

BOOM TIME Dr Hilary Jones predicts a boom in park home living as older generations crave a community feel.

Two-thirds of park home owners would never go back to bricks-and-mortar, while the majority would move away from friends and family to find their dream home, a study has shown. The comments come from a report by park and holiday home manufacturer Willerby, which surveyed 2,000 UK residential park home owners. Commenting on the study, celebrity GP Dr Hilary Jones, said: “With many older people spending such a long period of time alone during the

GOODBYE FRED

Frederick Barr, who established Barr’s Parks & Fortitudine Homes, sadly passed away last year. We look back on his life and achievements in the industry. Known as ‘Fred’ throughout the park home industry, Frederick’s interest in caravans dated back to the 1960s. Fred’s first park was Cherry Tree Park, at Holbeach, Lincolnshire. He went on to buy many more parks and, as his family grew and matured, they were all introduced to the business. Eldest son, Ian, along with his brothers, Jason and Frederick Jnr., worked closely with their dad in the early days as the business expanded. Ian helped with administration and initially Jason and Frederick Jnr. had roles in the

coronavirus lockdown, I think we’ll see a real spike in people craving the community feel that park home living offers. It’s no surprise then that a third of residents surveyed by Willerby said having a friendly community around them was the main benefit of park life. A staggering 77% also confessed they have moved away from family and friends to find their little piece of heaven, while 65% of park home owners said they would never go back to bricks and mortar. To discover the full findings of Willerby’s ‘Great British Break Off’ report, go to willerby.com/ greatbritishbreakoff

development of Fred’s parks, along with their sister Fredericka. Subsequently, they went on to purchase parks of their own. Jason and Charmaine bought their first park in 2000, Yew Tree Park at Ross-on-Wye, which had a residential licence for 30 homes. From that smallish beginning, their business expanded and they now own and operate 10 parks and a marina, the ‘jewel in the crown’ being the lovely Norton Manor Estate near Presteingne in Powys, which is licensed for both residential and holiday use. Frederick Jnr. and his wife, Donna, own and operate a residential park in Cheshire. Fred was said to ‘always have a smile on his face and a joke on his lips’. Rest easy, Fred. Your life was a very full one, your hard work was crowned with success and your legacy is the array of beautiful parks and happy residents (and holiday home owners) which your family will continue to cherish and care for.

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KEEP INFORMED It’s easy to stay informed with the latest relevant and interesting park home news with the PBIS e-newsletter.

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f you would like to stay up-to-date with topical and interesting park home related news why not sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletters from Paul Baker? You do not have to be insured with Paul Baker Insurance Services to receive these, but we are confident you will fi nd them of interest, and if not you can easily unsubscribe! The newsletters are only available via email and are issued each month. Typically they will feature four stories relating to park home living, they will be topical, informative and relevant and you can even suggest topics for future issues. We will also be introducing guest articles in the future, all park home related of course.

In the past 12 months the newsletters have covered a wide range of subjects including: ■ INSURING OLDER HOMES ■ OWNERSHIP CHANGES ON RESIDENTIAL PARKS ■ INHERITANCE RULES FOR PARK HOMES ■ UPDATES FROM THE PARK HOME OWNERS’ JUSTICE CAMPAIGN ■ USEFUL PARK HOME RELATED WEBSITE LINKS ■ PARK HOME SURVEYS – PROBABLY YOUR WISEST DECISION ■ CONSIDERING THERMAL INSULATION/CLADDING ■ SELLING IN LOCKDOWN ■ WORKING FROM HOME ■ GOOD NEIGHBOUR AWARDS ■ HOME MAINTENANCE – EXTERIOR FINISHES ■ UNOCCUPIED HOMES AND COVID ■ HOW SECURE IS YOUR PARK HOME?

HOW TO SIGN UP

If you would like to receive our newsletters, by email, simply email paul.baker@pbinsurance.co.uk, confirming the park you live on or if you are considering buying a park home. We WILL NOT pass your email address to anyone else and we will not bombard you with anything other than our newsletters. Of course, if you would like a park home insurance quote from us you only have to ask!

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ARE YOU INSURED AGAINST

VERMIN DAMAGE? Ensure peace of mind against vermin with insurance cover from Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS).

PEACE OF MIND

Every year PBIS deal with claims for damage caused by vermin, and mostly they are easily resolved with the attendance of a pest controller, modest repairs to wiring, plasterboard or insulation or the removal of a wasps’ nest. For most of us insurance is about peace of mind and, whilst the ‘Select’ policy is certainly not the cheapest on the market, it does provide very comprehensive cover and, we believe, ‘peace of mind’.

HELP IN AN EMERGENCY

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hey say you are never more than six feet away from a rat and it is estimated that there are around 10 million of them in the UK. That is a lot of rats, but surprisingly we rarely see them because they are largely nocturnal and very secretive. They can, however, be incredibly destructive if they get into your home and are very difficult to get rid of, as well as spreading disease and contaminating food and pet feed. Mice and, indeed, squirrels can also be quite destructive, whilst wasp and hornet nests in your home are not generally to be encouraged either! It is a fact of life that every year park home residents will be affected by vermin. It might be a wasp nest in the roof space, which can be removed fairly easily, mice in and around the home leaving droppings and nibbling through wiring and, in the worst case scenario, rats living in or under your home causing all sorts of damage to cables, wiring, insulation and walls.  

A TRUE STORY

In 2018 Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS) dealt with a claim for extensive damage caused by rats.

The impact vermin can have on your home can be devastating, but having the right insurance can ensure you are covered should the worst happen

They were everywhere - in the roof, the walls and under the floor - but from the outside the home still looked immaculate. Such was the extent of the damage, including the appalling smell and risk of disease, it was decided that the home had been damaged beyond safe and economical repair. It was declared a total loss and was replaced at a cost of around £200,000. This was, of course, an exceptional incident, but it did happen, causing upset and distress to the owner. Fortunately she was insured with PBIS, whose ‘Select’ policy is one of very few that includes loss or damage caused by vermin such as rats. We can only speculate about what would have happened to the owner had she been insured with an insurer who did not include vermin damage in their policy.

Both policies offered by PBIS include a 24 hour Home Emergency Assistance service which can be used up to three times a year in the event of an emergency. This covers a number of emergency situations which are defined as ‘sudden or unforeseen incidents’ that expose the occupier to a risk to their health, creates a risk of loss or damage to the home and/ or belongings or renders the home uninhabitable. This includes damage caused by vermin, so if you are having a problem with vermin which presents a risk to your health or could result in damage to your home call the Home Emergency Assistance service who will arrange for a pest controller to visit your home to deal with the emergency situation at no cost to you. Under the ‘Economy’ policy the first £250 of the call out is covered, this increases to £1000 under the ‘Select’ policy and no excess applies under either policy.

ACTION

Does my policy include vermin damage? Call PBIS for a quote FREEPHONE

0800 0385 093

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SEEKERS PROPERTY SECTION

WE HAVE MORE CHOICE

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eekers, the largest specialist agent for park, lodge and holiday homes, features a fantastic choice of properties in the following pages. With 40 years’ experience and £8 million worth of

sales last year, you are in good hands with Seekers whether you are looking to buy or sell a park or leisure home.

HOW TO USE THE SEEKERS PROPERTY SECTION

Use our ORANGE section for holiday homes and lodges for sale. Use our BLUE section for residential park homes that owners can live in all year round.

In these property pages you will find hundreds of homes we have for sale. Remember to visit our website for an even larger choice of homes. www.seekersparkhomes.co.uk

“In the current financial climate, it is vital to get the right estate agent to sell your home. Savvy sellers are looking to get their home sold for a good price, but they also want to save on the cost of selling their homes. With a range of fees, Seekers charge less than high street agents but does a lot more.”

IF YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR PARK HOME CALL SEEKERS ON 01252 313 554, EMAIL OFFICE@SEEKERSESTATEAGENTS.COM OR FILL IN THE FORM BELOW AND SEND IN THE POST TO: SEEKERS ESTATE AGENTS, 183 VICTORIA ROAD, ALDERSHOT, HAMPSHIRE, GU11 1JU

YOUR NAME ....................................................................................................................... ADDRESS .............................................................................................................................. ...................................................................................................................................................... COUNTY ................................................................................................................................. POST CODE ......................................................................................................................... TEL ............................................................................................................................................. EMAIL ......................................................................................................................................

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LEISURE HOMES Saddlebrook Park, Sheerness, Kent

£42,000

1 bed, 36 x 20, 2014, Kingsbrook, electric central heating, modern kitchen, en-suite, 10 month open leisure park, parking adjacent home, family park, available furnished, no chain

REF 6578

Solent Breezes, Southampton, Hampshire

£50,000 OIEO

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2012, Delta Desire, 10 ¼ month open leisure park, en-suite, own drive, large decked area, no council tax, sought after beach location

REF 6491

Hornbeam Country Park, Dunkeswell, Devon

2 bed, Omar Linnett 40 x 20 2008, available furnished, 40 year lease, 2 bathrooms, own drive, garden with decked area, attractive park, 12 month open leisure park

£74,000 REF 5895

New Beach Park, Romney Marsh, Kent

3 bed, 40 x 20, 2015 Delta Evesham, long licence, available part furnished, coastal/ beach location, own drive, 11 ½ month open leisure park

£85,000 REF 6501

Pilgrims Retreat, Maidstone, Kent

2 bed park home, 40 x 20 Stately Albion Goodwood, 2013, LPG central heating, fitted kitchen, utility room, en-suite, large drive, 12 month open leisure park, age limit over 50+

£155,000 REF 5996

Cherry Bird Country Park, Newbury, Berks

Luxury 3 bed, 50 x 22, 2016 Dream Lodge La Grand Casa, 12 month leisure park, 50 yr licence from 2017, en-suites, available furnished, decked area with hot tub

£180,000 REF 6495

Bentley Country Park, Colchester, Essex

£47,950

1 bed, 36 x 20, 2014, Kingsbrook, electric c/heating, modern kitchen, en-suite, 10 month open leisure park, parking adjacent home, family park, available furnished, no chain

REF 6466

Hornbeam Country Park, Dunkeswell, Devon

£60,000 ‘ONO’

3 bed, 45 x 20, kingfisher, storage heating, 12 month open leisure park, long licence, fitted kitchen, own drive, gated entry, no chain

REF 6281

Coghurst Hall Park, Hastings, East Sussex

Luxury 2 bed, 43 x 14, 2019, villa deluxe model, 11.5 month open leisure park, fitted kitchen, en-suites, available furnished, large decked area, no chain

£75,000 REF 6280

Hornbeam Park, Dunkeswell, Devon

£89,950

Luxury 2 bed, 40 x 20, 2014 Prestige/Homeseeker Casa-di-Luso, electric c/heating, utility, 12 month open leisure park, own drive, large decked area with hot tub, no chain

REF 6420

Capel Gardens Park, Ashford, Kent

£150,000 ‘OIEO’

Luxury 2 bed, 50 x 20, 2015, Stately Albion Chatsworth Contemporary, luxury kitchen, 12 month leisure park, large drive, gated entrance

REF 6355

Pilgrims Retreat, Maidstone, Kent

Luxury 2 bed, 45 x 20, 2012, Stately Albion Pembroke, fitted kitchen, study, en-suite, own drive for ample parking, no chain 12 month leisure park, age limit over 50+

£179,995 REF 6387

Saddlebrook Park, Sheerness, Kent

2 bed chalet, 28 x 16, 2006 brick built model, mains gas c/heating, modern kitchen & bathroom, own drive, use of clubhouse, 5 minutes from beach, 10 month open leisure park

£49,995 REF 6549

Hornbeam Country Park, Dunkeswell, Devon

£70,000

Luxury 2 bed, 45 x 22, 2014, Pathfinder “La Belle Maison”, electric c/heating, fitted kitchen, en-suites to both bedrooms, 12 month open leisure REF 6207 park, own drive (Offers Considered)

Hornbeam Country Park, Dunkeswell, Devon

2 bed, 36 x 20, 2014, Pathfinder Tuscany, central heating, en-suite, furnished, 12 month open leisure park, own drive, large decked area & hot tub, gated entry, no chain

£80,000 REF 6187

Bulmer Farm Lodges, Malton, North Yorkshire

2-3 bed lodge, 50 x 22 Lodge of Distinction, 2012, LPG central heating, fully fitted kitchen, utility room, en-suite, study, own drive, 12 month open leisure park

£99,950 REF 4942

Hoburn Cotswold, South Cerney, Glouc

Luxury 2 bed, 40 x 20, 2018, Pathfinder Retreat, 11+ month open leisure park, long licence to 2043, en-suite, own drive, family park, no chain

£165,000 REF 6397

Pilgrims Retreat, Maidstone, Kent

Luxury 2 bed, 46 x 20, 2017, Stately Albion Chatsworth Platinum, 12 month leisure park, en-suite, own drive, available furnished, no chain, age limit over 50+

£189,950 REF 6313

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LEISURE HOMES Pilgrims Retreat, Maidstone, Kent

2 bedrooms, 45 x 20, Stately Albion Cardigan Cottage, 2013, LPG gas, double glazing, en-suite, study, fitted kitchen & utility, 12 month open leisure park, age limit over 50+

£189,900 REF 5661

Pilgrims Retreat, Harrietsham, Kent

Luxury as new 2 bed, 50 x 20 Stately Albion Raglan, 2015, fitted kitchen & utility room, en-suite, 12 month open leisure park, own drive, viewing recommended, age limit over 50+

Pilgrims Retreat, Maidstone, Kent

Luxury 2+ bed, 50 x 20, 2018, Stately Albion, Ragland, fitted kitchen, study, en-suite, large drive, 12 month leisure park with pool & gym, over 50’s park

£205,000 REF 6428

£285,995 REF 6403

REF 5430

Luxury 2 bed, 50 x 22, 2015, Omar Anniversary, fitted kitchen, en-suite, study, sun room, ample parking on drive, long 50 year lease, 11 month open leisure park

Pilgrims Retreat, Maidstone, Kent

£230,000 ‘ONO’

Luxury 2+ bed, 48 x 20, 2017, Stately Albion, Chatsworth Gold, 12 month leisure park, fitted kitchen & utility, study, en-suite, own drive, attractive views, age limit over 50+

Padstow Park, Padstow, Cornwall

2 bed, 45 x 22, new Prestige Casa Di Lusso model, 30 year lease, 12 month leisure plot

£199,995

Willow Park, Evesham, Worcestershire

REF 6214

£199,950 REF 6409

Stately Park, Maidstone, Kent

2 bed, 40 x 20 Stately Albion Chatsworth Gold, good sized rooms, large corner plot, sought after village, 12 month open leisure park, LPG central heating

£180,000 REF 5870

Padstow Park, Padstow, Cornwall

2 bed holiday lodge, 42 x 20, Prestige Glass House, double glazing, fitted kitchen with island breakfast bar, own garden with decking, furnished, 12 month leisure plot

£290,000

PARK HOMES SPECIALIST ESTATE AGENT, SEEKERS ARE THE UK’S NUMBER 1 WWW.SEEKERSPARKHOMES.CO.UK

REF 6402

FIND YOUR PERFECT HOME ON THE SEEKERS WEBSITE 1

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Each search will provide a list of homes that

Once you have found a home you are interested in simply fill in the enquiry form on each property or call us on 01252 313554

match your search requirements. By clicking on each home you will be able to get more

information and a handy map to show you where the park is located.

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made searching easy! Using our site you can

Each home will have an easy to understand

other home requirements

see if a home meets your needs

filter your search by town, county, price and

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“Thank you to everyone at Seekers for your help in selling my park home. You made the formalities of selling a property much easier and stress free. I had a viewer within weeks of putting my property with you, and sold it smoothly and quickly. I have recommended you to others.” — Miss V

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What have those solicitors ever done for us? We find out...

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ell, to be entirely upfront with you, when buying or selling a park home, you do not need a solicitor. You can legally manage the transaction yourself, potentially, saving on legal fees. That’s the good news. However, as most of us know, DIY doesn’t always mean you save time, stress or indeed money. You’re not just buying a car; this is a very expensive asset that you’ll live in 24/7. So, perhaps it’s worth looking at what exactly a solicitor would do for you.

IF YOU ARE BUYING THEY WILL

■ review the pack provided by the seller, ensuring that the Written Statement is legally sound and that the seller truly has the right to sell the property. ■ review the tenure of the pitch (meaning they can tell you whether you really do have the right to ownership in line with the terms of the Written Statement). ■ ensure payment of the commission to the site owner in-line with the agreement for assignment. ■ provide you a full report on the transaction, which will be yours to keep and refer to if ever needed.

IF YOU ARE SELLING THEY WILL

■ provide you with a comprehensive, yet easy to understand, list of the documents you legally need to provide the buyer. ■ talk you through the process of selling, including the very limited involvement the Site Owner is permitted (given recent legislation). ■ liaise with your buyer as to the funding of the transaction and, with their knowledge of the open market, ensure that you are ready to complete your transaction when your buyers are feasibly ready to complete any related transaction they might have. ■ take the matter through to completion, ensuring full compliance with the Act and meeting the Site Owner requirements in

order to provide a satisfactory conclusion for all parties. So while there is no obligation to take legal advice, you are entering into a legally binding contract on a tangible asset, and although current protection has improved, buying or selling a park home can still, at best, prove confusing and, at worst, costly. This significant transaction generates serious financial, legal and emotional consequences. A helping hand may therefore be wise.

If you have any questions or concerns about the legal aspects of buying or selling a park home, please contact luke@homewoodbaird.co.uk.

Park Home Maintenance Services

Blue Chip Park Homes can assist with your park home maintenance from your roof down to your chassis.

ROOF CLEANING AND RE-COATING

Moss and lichen growing on roof tiles can damage the protective coating leaving bare patches on the tiles. We have seen numerous times where pressure washers have been used to clean the tiles. Pressure washers will damage the protective coating and can cause water ingress. Damage to the tiles also occurs where they have been walked upon incorrectly causing dents. Using a brush to remove loose moss and lichen from the tiles is a gentle process that will not damage the tiles. The roof is then sprayed with a special formula that kills all remaining moss and lichen and helps reduce re-growth. After two weeks, if required the tiles can then be re-coated. The tiles are re-coated with special formulated paint that will ensure the roof remains water tight and has the appearance of a new tiled roof.

Examples of before and after work on roofs

Please contact Blue Chip Park Homes for further advice and quotations 01327 844686 enquiries@bluechipparkhomes.co.uk www.bluechipparkhomes.co.uk

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THANK YOU SEEKERS! Throughout the year, we hear from many happy sellers letting us know about their experience with Seekers and thanking us for our help with the sale of their home. Here is a small selection of the letters we have received in 2020.

Dear Seekers, I am pleased to let you know that the sale of my mother’s park home at Handborough Park has been completed. I would like to thank you for your assistance in arranging the marketing of the property and arranging for the solicitors to help with the sale process. Yours sincerely, David Charlton Handborough Park, Dorset

Dear Seekers, Thank you for your excellent service in selling my park home on Riverview Park in Essex. I used you previously in 2018 when you sold my first park home. I instructed you again in August and you found a buyer within weeks. I would like to particularly thank Keith for his much valued help with the government schedule forms that needed to be filled out prior to completion of sale. All this was done in the midst of the world pandemic of Covid-19, so I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Seekers to anyone wishing to sell their park home in the future. Yours sincerely, Richard Steadman Riverview Park, Essex

Dear Seekers, We are writing to express our complete satisfaction with your excellent service. Not only selling our home on Orchard Park in Bristol, but also in the purchase of our new home on St Michaels Park in Cinderford, Gloucestershire. We would also like to thank Seekers for helping us with the government schedule forms which needed to be completed. We would also like to add that this all happened during the Covid outbreak, which further impressed us with your service, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Seekers to anyone wishing to sell their park home. Yours sincerely, Donald & Maureen Pearce Orchard Park, Bristol St Michaels Park, Gloucestershire

Dear Seekers, Thank you so much for helping me sell my park home in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Zoe, Gina and Helen were so helpful and Keith came out to assist with sales paperwork which I couldn’t do by myself. I would recommend you to anyone wanting to sell a park home and looking for a professional, specialist estate agent. Yours sincerely, Rita Linford Highley Park, Shropshire In 2021, put the sale of your property in our hands, and become one of our happy sellers. Perhaps your letter will feature in next year’s issue, telling others of your experience with us! Telephone: 01252 313554 Email: office@seekersestateagents.com

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Wrekin View Park, Nr Newport, Shropshire

1 bedroom, 43 x 12, modernised home, LPG gas, externally re-clad, car port parking, on site shop, Adult park, no children permitted, attractive rural location

£35,000 REF:6155

Hillview Park, Malborough, Wiltshire

2 bed, 40 x 10 model, externally reclad, d/glazing, garden, sought after village location, no chain, viewing recommended, semi retirement park 50 +

£49,950 PRICE NEGOTIABLE

REF:6141

The Vicarage Park, Flintshire, Wales

£59,950

1 bed, 34 x 10, 1991, Tingdene Mulso, new boiler & radiators 2017, new double glazing, externally reclad & insulated 2017, parking near home, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6344

Homestead Park, Wells, Somerset

1 bed, 32 x 10, Lissett Broadview, modern refitted kitchen & bathroom, modern Decra roof, externally reclad & reinsulated, semi retirement park 40 +

£69,999 REF:6378

Hoo Marina Park, Rochester, Kent

Hoo Marina, Nr Newport, Shropshire

39,950

2 bed, 44 x 12, 1988, Omar, would benefit from refurbishment, own garage and drive, no chain, sought after location

Dagley Farm Park, Guildford, Surrey

£49,995

1 bed, 41 x 13 extended & refurbished model, mains gas central heating, modern kitchen & bathroom, parking near home, no chain

£79,950 REF:6517

Lindow Court Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

£79,950

Extensively refurbished 1 bed, 40 x 10 Wonderland, new (2018) central heating, modern pitch tiled roof, new kitchen & bathroom, no chain, viewing recommended, semi retirement 45+

REF:6557

REF:6541

Redhouse Park, Doncaster, SouthYorkshire

£65,000

1 bed, 36 x 12, 1983, Stately Albion, modernised kitchen & bathroom, allocated parking, gated entry for added security, no chain

REF:6576

The Oaks, Dorking, Surrey

bed, 42 x 10, 1991, Wonderland, mains gas central heating, no chain, sought after location, semi retirement park

£74,950 REF:6385

£75,950

2 bed, 36 x 20, circa 1980’s, Tingdene, electric central heating, modernised kitchen & bathroom, 2 drives for ample parking, no chain, semi retirement park 55 +

REF:6575

Ascot Park, Ascot, Berkshire

1 bed, 32 x 10 model, pitched Decra roof, own drive, own garden plot, sought after Ascot location, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

2 bed, 28 x 20, circa 40 years old, own drive, convenient for local shops, etc, semi retirement park 55+, no chain

£45,000 REF:6528

Low Carrs Park, Durham, County Durham

£53,000 ‘ONO’

2 bed, 40 x 12, 1997, Omar Oulton Excel, convenient for local shops & facilities, own drive, own garden plot, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6407

Brookgate Park, Nr Ashford, Kent

£69,950

2 bed, 23 x 20 model, available part furnished, no chain, parking by home, large garden plot, attractive rural location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6579

The Oaks, Dorking, Surrey

Croft Park, Preston, Lancashire

SOLD

2 bed, 45 x 12, 1988 Homeseeker, oil fired central heating, own garage and drive, priced to sell, own garden plot, no chain, sought after coastal location

REF:6574

Fourwinds Park, Nr Telford, Shropshire

2 bed, 44 x 10, 1996 Stately Albion, parking near home, own garden plot, mains gas central heating, sought after Dorking area

£79,950 REF:6563

Love Lane Park, Rugeley, Staffordshire

£79,950

2 bed, 24 x 16 model, modern refitted kitchen and bathroom, parking near home, available furnished if required, convenient location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6569

Caravan Park, Albrighton, Shropshire

£79,950 REF:6496

1 bed modernised park home, 40 x 14 model, own garden, no chain, re decorated throughout, modern kitchen & bathroom, sought after village location

£80,000 REF:6507

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Dengrove Park, Canterbury, Kent

£74,000

2 bed, 36 x 12, 1986, Omar Waveney, mains gas central heating, no chain, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6446

Croft Park, Leyland, Lancashire

£79,950

2 bedrooms, Tingdene, 36 x 20, LPG gas, double glazing, own drive, garden, sought after location convenient to major motorway networks, semi retirement park 45+

REF:5957

Willow Park, Mancote, Deeside, North Wales

2 bed, 36 x 20, 1996 Tingdene, allocated parking space, own garden plot, price to sell, semi retirement park 50+

£85,000 REF:6564

Meadowside Park, Lingfield, Surrey

Attractive 1 bed, 32 x 10, Stately Albion (extended), modern kitchen & bathroom, parking by home, family park, no chain, family park

£85,000 REF:6349

Lydiaville Park, Wokingham, Berkshire

£89,950

2 bed, Omar, 20 x 20, LPG gas, modern kitchen & bathroom, own drive, garden, double glazing, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6130

Hillside Park, Baldock, Hertfordshire

£95,000 ‘OIEO’

Attractive 1 bed, 36 x 10, 1972, Stately Albion, REF:6547 mains central heating, chassis insulated & sealed, own drive, family park, attractive countryside views

Devon Close, Sandhurst, Berkshire

£79,950 ‘ONO’

2 bed, 36 x 12, 1997, Homeseeker Langdale, mains gas central heating, double glazing, available part furnished if required, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6368

Fell View Park, Gosforth, Cumbria

£79,000

2 bedrooms, 40 x 20, Omar ‘Tudor Elite’, 1995, Mains gas, double glazing, en-suite, large drive, good sized garden, sought after lake district location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:5433

Lea Park, Boston, Lincolnshire

REF:6561

Highley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

2 bed, 36 x 20, 2003, stately albion, pets and dogs welcome, mains gas, own drive, semi retirement park 50 +

£85,000 REF:6248

Nepgill Park, Workington, Cumbria

2 bed, 36 x 20 Wessex Orchard Cottage, 2005, Adult only park, own garage and drive, double glazing, LPG gas, attractive views over fields, adult park

£92,500 REF:5477

Barton Broads Park, Barton upon Humber

£90,000 OIEO

2 bed, 40 x 13, 2015, Tingdene Mackworth Lodge, available part furnished, no chain, own drive, convenient location for local shops etc, semi retirement 50+

£79,950

1-2 bedrooms, 36 x 10, Donnington, mains gas (new 2020), double glazing, modern conservatory, drive, garden, semi retirement park 50+, no chain

REF:5963

Templeton Park, Chelmsford, Essex

2 bed, 40 x 10, 1990, Omar, modern refitted kitchen & bathroom, parking near home, sought after location, semi retirement 45+

£79,950 REF:6485

Pool View Park, Telford, Shropshire

£85,950

2 bed, 36 x 20, 2000 Omar, own drive, own garden plot, pets and small dogs welcome, sought after Boston location, semi retirement park 50+

The Glen, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

REF:6450

£84,950

2 bed, 32 x 20, new boiler 2013, modern kitchen and bathroom, new roof, own garage and drive, semi retirement 55+

REF:6542

Home Farm Park, Nantwich, Cheshire

£87,495

Attractive 2 bed, 36 x 20, 1996, Stately Albion, modern kitchen and bathroom, parking by home, no chain, sought after village location, semi retirement 55 +

REF:6328

Horsepath Park, Horsepath, Oxfordshire

2 bed, 44 x 10, circa 2000, Stately Albion, modern kitchen and bathroom, own drive, sought after village location, semi retirement park 50+

£89,950 REF:6586

Stone Valley Court, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

2 bed, 36 x 20, 1994, Homeseeker, mains gas central heating, en-suite shower, own garage and drive, convenient location, semi retirement 55+

£90,000 REF:6523

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Sunningdale Park, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

£95,000

2 bed, 36 x 20, Homeseeker, Mains gas, double glazing, modern bathroom & kitchen, own drive, attractive view, convenient location, semi retirement park

REF:4293

Shirkoak Park, Ashford, Kent

REF:6537

Rockbridge Park, Presteigne, Powys, Wales

£99,950

Attractive 2 bed, 42 x 20, 2000, Homeseeker, Pendle Lodge, 2 bathrooms with 1 en-suite, own garage and drive, no chain, priced to sell, semi retirement 50 +

REF:6525

Bedwell Park, Ely, Cambridgeshire

£100,000 ‘OIEO’

2 bed, 40 x 20, 1988, Tingdene Alpine Lodge, mains gas central heating, 2 bathrooms; 1 en-suite, own drive, priced to sell, semi retirement 45 +

REF:6520

Hatch Park, Basingstoke, Hampshire

£110,000

2 bed, 31 x 20, 1983, Stately Albion, Weybourne model, own drive, own garden plot, no chain, semi retirement park 50 +

REF:6458

Seaview Park, Hartlepool, County Durham

£110,000 ‘ONO’

2 bed, 40 x 20 Omar Regency, 2011, mains gas, double glazing, en-suite, own drive, semi retirement park 45+

£99,950

2 bed, 32 x 20, 2004, Omar, mains gas central heating, available part furnished, own drive, convenient for local shops, etc, good size garden, semi retirement 50+

REF:6484

Meadowside Park, Lingfield, Surrey

£99,950

Attractive 1 bed, 36 x 12, 2004, Cathedral, mains gas central heating (new boiler 2020), own drive to front, no chain, semi retirement park50+

Lynwood Park, Preston, Lancashire

REF:5955

£99,950

1-2 bed, 38 x 10, Tingdene, LPG gas, double glazing, parking near home, garden, family park, children welcome, no chain, priced to sell, family park

REF:5930

Blue Sky Close, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

£100,000 ‘OIRO’

Modernised 2 bed, 40 x 10, Omar Ranchouse, extensively refurbished by current owner, new kitchen & bathroom, parking by home to front

REF:6434

Woodlands Park, Mid Glamorgan, Wales

“As new” 2 bed, 30 x 20, 2017, Stately Albion, mains gas, available part furnished, own drive, priced to sell, semi retirement park 50+

£105,000 REF:6121

Highley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

£110,000

2 bed, 40 x 20, Tingdene, 2004, mains gas, en-suite, own drive, attractive semi rural location, semi retirement park 50 +

REF:5291

St Michaels Park, Ruspidge, Gloucestershire

£112,000

2 bed, 36 x 17, 2008, Stately Albion Tredegar, externally re-clad & insulated, d/glazing, parking nearby, no chain, priced to sell, semi retirement 45+

REF:6276

Lower Lodge Park, Rugeley, Staffordshire

2 bed, 36 x 20, circa 1994, Stately Albion, parking by home, own garden plot, priced to sell, no chain, semi retirement park 50 +

£99,000 REF:6502

Woodbine Close, Waltham Abbey, Essex

2 bed, 38 x 12, 2007, Omar Oulton Excel, own drive, no chain, viewing recommended, semi retirement park 50 +

£99,950 REF:6582

Beechfield Park, Chichester, West Sussex

£100,000

2 bed, 40 x 12, 1985, Sunseeker Chiltern, newly (2019) refitted kitchen & bathroom, own drive, own garden plot, semi retirement

REF:6583

Gattington Park, Conningsby, Lincolnshire

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2016, Omar, en-suite, own drive, double glazing, own garden plot, viewing recommended, semi retirement 50+

£107,000 REF:6217

Fell View Park, Seascale, Cumbria

£110,000 ‘ONO’

2 bed, 40 x 20 Omar Berkeley Plus, 1998, mains gas, en-suite, double glazing, superb views, semi retirement park 50+, situated in lake district

REF:5695

Woodbine Close, Waltham Abbey, Essex

£115,000

Attractive 1 bed, 32 x 10, 2003, Stately Albion, modern kitchen with appliances, parking by home, viewing recommended, no chain, semi retirement park 50 +

REF:6498

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Rickwood Park, Dorking, Surrey

£115,000

2 bed, 42 x 10, 2003 Omar, mains gas central heating, parking in car park, own garden plot, no chain, semi retirement 40+

REF:6587

Warren Park, Godalming, Surrey

£115,000

3 bed, 40 x 20 model, would benefit from modernisation, study/utility room, own drive, own garden with woodland views, no chain, semi retirement park 50 +

REF:6540

Garden of England, Maidstone, Kent

£115,000

2 bed, 40 x 12, 2002, Omar, modernised kitchen & bathroom, new gas c/heating boiler (2016), sought after location, own garage & drive, attractive views, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6524

Devon Close, Sandhurst, Berkshire

2 bed, 42 x 14, 2004, Tingdene, mains gas central heating, no chain, own drive, sought after location, semi retirement park 50 +

£115,000 REF:6444

Belindas Park, Coleford, Gloucestershire

2 bed, 36 x 20, 2003 Stately Albion, en-suite, own drive, own garden plot, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

£119,950 REF:6570

Dales View Park, Barnoldswick, Lancs

£119,950

2 bed, 40 x 20, 1991, Lissett Applewood Lodge, no chain, own drive to side of home, Yorkshire Dales view, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6451

The Hawthornes, Newark, Nottinghamshire

£115,000

2 bed, 36 x 20, circa 1991 Omar, electric storage heating, own garage and drive, attractive garden with view over fields, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6552

Knowle Sands Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

£115,000

Modern 2 bed, 40 x 16, 2012, Tingdene, fantastic views over Severn Valley, park is run as joint freehold by park home owners, priced to sell

REF:6522

Shirkoak Park, Ashford, Kent

REF:6534

Strande Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire

2 bed, 26 x 20, 1968 model, mains gas central heating, available furnished, family park, priced to sell, no chain

£115,000 REF:6448

Oakfield Park, Llay, Nr Wrexham, Wales

£119,995

Luxury 2 bed, 46 x 14, 2016, Stately Albion Chatsworth Crystal, mains gas central heaitng, en-suite, large drive, sought after village location, no chain

REF:6539

Exonia Park, Exeter, Devon

REF:5476

Hillcorner Farm Park, Farnborough, Hants

2 bed, 44 x 12, 1990, Wonderland, own drive, good size kitchen/dining room, convenient location, own garden plot, semi retirement park 55+

£115,000 REF:6514

2 bed, 36 x 20, Stately Albion, own drive, own garden plot, no chain, semi retirement park

£115,000 REF:6513

Fairoaks Park, Guildford, Surrey

£116,950

Modernised 2 bed, 36 x 10, joint freehold, no 10% commission, mains gas, d/glazing, refurbed throughout, new kitchen & bathroom, garden, family park children welcome

REF:6075

Crookham Park, Newbury, Berkshire

£120,000

2 bed, 32 x 20, 1988, Omar Suburban, new boiler 2018, 2 reception rooms, air con in lounge, attractive view of fields to rear, parking near home, no chain

REF:6499

Greenhollows Park, Carlisle, Cumbria

£120,000

2 bed, 32 x 20, 2008, Pathfinder Silkwood Cottage, mains gas central heating, convenient location for shops & amenities, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

118,500

2 bed, 46 x 20, Wessex Cranbourne, electric central heating, d/glazing, garage & drive, attractive garden, adult only park, lake district location

Mill Gardens Park, Blackpill, Swansea

£115,000

2 bed, 42 x 12, 2008, Tingdene, mains gas, vacant - no chain, garage & drive, sought after semi rural location, semi retirement park 50+

Nepgill Park, Bridgefoot, Cumbria

REF:6423

£125,000

2 bed, 46 x 20, Tingdene Barnwell, 2014, LPG gas, double glazing, own drive, garden plot, no age restriction on this park, no chain

REF:6396

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Cannisland Park, Swansea, Wales

£125,000

2 bed, 40 x 20, Stately Albion, recently modernised, feature wood flooring, double glazing, own drive, no chain, close to local shops, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6359

Dagley Farm Park, Guilford, Surrey

£120,000

2 bed, 42 x 10 plus extension, Donnington, mains gas, d/glazing, new windows, new roof, re-clad, modern kitchen & bathroom, garden area, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6062

Oaklands Park, Hook, Hampshire

£127,500

2 bed, 44 x 12, Omar, externally re-clad & insulated in 2018, new roof, modernised refitted kitchen & bathroom, under chassis insulation, double length drive, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6476

The Paddock, Keston, Kent

REF:6039

The Oaks Park, Dorking, Surrey

£134,950

2 bed, 25 x 20, 1991, Wonderland, mains gas, double glazing, parking near home, garden, sought after location, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6052

Blue Ridges Park, Ockley, Surrey

2 bed, 28 x 20, 2004, Stately Albion, Tredegar, parking by home, attractive location, no chain, viewing recommended, semi retirement 50+

2 bed, 29 x 20, Omar, externally reclad & insulated, LPG gas, double glazing, parking near home, viewing recommended, semi retirement park 50+

£125,000 REF:6335

Rickwood Park, Dorking, Surrey

£120,000

2 bed, 28 x 20, 1992, Country Homes Cottage Special, mains gas central heating, en-suite, sought after Dorking location, semi retirement 45+

REF:6413

Abridge Park, Romford, Essex

£129,950

2 bed, 30 x 20, 1976, Lissett Super Lodge, under floor refurbished & insulated, externally re-walled & insulated, available part furnished, no chain, semi retirement park 50 +

REF:6453

£139,950 REF:6232

£130,000

2 bed, 28 x 20, 1978, Stately Albion, own drive, double glazing, own garden plot, no chain, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6243

Ascot Park, Ascot, Berkshire

REF:6463

Breach Barnes Park, Waltham Abbey, Essex

£139,995

2 bed, 30 x 20, circa 1970’s, Lissett, modern Decra roof, modern kitchen and bathroom, available furnished, attractive garden plot, semi retirement park 55+

£125,000

2 bed, Omar, 40 x 20, LPG gas (new 2017), own drive, attractively presented, viewing recommended, sought after location, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6064

Kingsmead Park, Godalming, Surrey

£125,000

2 bed, 38 x 12 Omar Oulton Excel, 2002, LPG gas, d/glazing, own drive, garden backs onto woodland, semi retirement park 50+, no chain, sought after location

REF:5905

£129,950

2+ bed, 37 x 20, 2000, Omar, Oulton Excel, study, en-suite, double length drive, no chain, convenient for shops, etc, semi retirement park 50 +

REF:6585

Crabtree Park, Bridgwater, Somerset

£132,000

“As new” luxury 2 bed, 40 x 14, 2017, parking near home, backing onto golf course, sought after location, priced to sell, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6343

Hill Top Park, Rugby, Warwickshire

£135,000 ‘ONO’

2 bed, 34 x 12, 2008, Homeseeker, no chain, own drive, own garden plot, sought after location, semi retirement park 50 +

Kings Copse Park, Garsington, Oxfordshire

Grange Farm Park, Colchester, Essex

Breach Barnes Park, Waltham Abbey, Essex

£129,950

1 bed, 40 x 10, 1988 Omar, mains gas, d/glazing, own drive, garden, small park, no chain, semi retirement park 45+, sought after semi rural location

Surrey Hills Park, Guildford, Surrey

REF:6218

£135,000 ‘ONO’

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2009, Manor Park, modern fitted kitchen, utility, en-suite, own drive, viewing recommended, semi retirement 45 +

REF:6268

Marina View, Conningsby, Lincolnshire

£139,950

2 bed, 46 x 20, 2002, Tingdene Addington, en-suite, externally reclad in 2017, own garage and drive, priced to sell, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6171

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Caerwon Park, Powys, Wales

Gwealmayowe Park, Helston, Cornwall

£137,950

2 bed, 45 x 20, 2005, sought after Powys location, garage and drive, attractive garden, beautifully presented, pets and dogs welcome, semi retirement 55 +

REF:6509

Whitehill Park, Bordon, Hampshire

£139,950

2 bed, 36 x 20, 1980, Omar, Colorado, own drive, sought after location, convenient for local shops and amenities, semi retirement park 55 +

REF:6426

Lakeview Residential Park, Romford, Essex

£140,000

1 bed, Omar 1990, 36 x 12, mains gas, double glazing, garden, parking in car park, semi retirement park 50+, no chain, available furnished, viewing recommended

REF:5825

Broadway Park, Evesham, Worcestershire

£144,950

2 bed, 28 x 20, Omar Domek, mains gas c/heating, re-decorated, re-flooring, re-clad & insulated, new kitchen & bathroom, available furnished, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6452

Kingsmead Park, Rushden, Northamptonshire

£145,000

2 bed, 42 x 20, 2007, Homeseeker Pennine model, mains gas central heating, double glazing, en-suite, own drive, attractively presented, semi retirement 50+

REF:6369

Mayfield Park, West Drayton, Middlesex

£150,000

2 bed, 30 x 20 model, mains gas central heating, new (2019) double glazing, conservatory, own drive, own garden plot with attractive views to rear, no chain, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6555

£139,950

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2006, new boiler October 2020, Homeseeker Langdale Plus, own garage and drive, own garden plot, sought after Helston location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6511

Ascot Park, Ascot, Berkshire

Luxury 1 bed, 36 x 12, modern fitted kitchen & bathroom, own drive, no chain, sought after Ascot location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6486

East Hill Farm Park, Sevenoaks, Kent

£140,000 REF:6250

Wessex Park, Winchester, Hampshire

2+ bed, 44 x 20, 1999, Stately Albion Windsor Special, utility, study, own drive, no chain, semi retirement park 45 +

£144,950 REF:6431

Fangrove Park, Chertsey, Surrey

£149,950

1 bed, 40 x 12 Omar, no chain, parking in car park, attractive garden area, priced to sell, family park – children welcome

REF:6544

Berkeley Vale Park, Berkeley, Glocester

bed, 36 x 20, 1999, Tingdene Goodwood, en-suite, parking near home, own garden plot, no chain, semi retirement park 55+

2 bed, 36 x 20, stately albion, modern boiler, garage & drive, attractive views over fields, no chain, semi retirement park 45 +

£139,950 REF:6538

Homestead Park, Wells, Somerset

£140,000

2 bed, 25 x 20, 1987, Stately Albion Blenheim, double glazing, parking near home, own garden plot, semi retirement park 55+

Cudworth Park, Dorking, Surrey

£150,000 REF:6475

£140,000

2 bed, 36 x 20, 1983, Stately Albion Broadlands, double glazing, attractive garden area, no chain, sought after village location, semi retirement 50+

REF:6310

Praa Sands Park, Penzance, Cornwall

£144,950

2 bed, 36 x 20, 1991 Omar Colorado, residential plot situated on a leisure park with full use of facilities, own drive, family park, available part furnished if required

REF:6554

DodwellPark,StratforduponAvon,Warwickshire

£145,000

Attractive 2 bed, 36 x 20, available part furnished if required, own drive, own garden plot, sought after location, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6427

Linton Park, Bromyard, Herefordshire

2 bed, Tingdene, 1997, 40 x 20, mains gas, double glazing, own drive, garden, viewing recommended, semi retirement park 45+

£149,950 REF:5739

Brownfield Gardens, Maidenhead, Berkshire

£150,000

2 bed, 40 x 10 (plus extension), mains gas central heating, ample parking, own garden plot, no chain, sought after location, family park, children welcome

REF:6461

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Chilton Farm Park, Farnborough, Hampshire

£150,000

2 bed, 32 x 20, 1993, Wonderland Shaftesbury, mains gas central heating, parking in car park, own garden plot, no chain for prompt sale, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6414

Appleacre Park, Royston, Hertfordshire

£152,000

2 bed, 24 x 20, 2011, Tingdene, oil fired central heating, security gate entry, own drive, no chain, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6571

Golden Leas Park, Minster, Kent

£155,800

New 2 bed lodge, 36 x 20, 2019, Atlas Lilac, en-suite, own drive, double glazing, LPG gas, fully residential plot on a leisure park, no chain

REF:6390

Beech Park, Wigginton, Hertfordshire

£159,950

2 bed, 45 x 20, 1978, Tingdene Villa, mains gas central heating, study, good size rooms, own drive, sought after location

REF:6577

Surrey Hills Park, Guildford, Surrey

£159,950

2 bed, 24’5 X 20’5, Tingdene, externally re-clad & insulated, modern kitchen & bathroom, own drive, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6559

Mereoak Park, Reading, Berkshire

£164,500

2-3 bed, Tingdene, 40 x 20, LPG gas, double glazing, modern kitchen & bathroom, en-suite, study/ bedroom 3, garage, garden, semi retirement park 48+

REF:5891

Meadowlands Park, Addlestone, Surrey

£150,000

1 bed, 23 x 20, 2004, Omar, newly refitted kitchen and bathroom, parking in car park, own garden plot, sought after location, semi retirement park

REF:6405

Star Meadow Park, Fakenham, Norfolk

£154,995

2 bed, 36 x 20, 2017, Omar Regency, mains gas central heating, en-suite, large drive, sought after village location, semi retirement 45+

REF:6515

Dales View Park, Barnoldswick, Lancashire

£157,950

As new 2 bed, 2001, 48 x 20, Linden Cottage, fully alarmed, fitted kitchen, utility room, study, en-suite, large drive & garden, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:5843

CotswoldManorPark,Tewkesbury,Gloucestershire

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2013, Omar Regency, double glazing, en-suite, own drive, own garden plot, priced to sell, semi retirement park 45+

£159,950 REF:6308

Surrey Hills Park, Guildford, Surrey

£160,000

2 bed, 38 x 20, 2004, Omar Colorado, en-suite, available furnished, double length drive, sought after Normandy location, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6272

Dolleys Hill Park, Guildford, Surrey

£164,950

2 bed, 1990, 22 x 20 Primrose, mains gas, double glazing, modern kitchen & bathroom, own drive & garage, semi retirement park 45+, sought after Normandy area

REF:6013

Fangrove Park, Chertsey, Surrey

£150,000

Superb 1 bed, 40 x 10, 1970’s Omar, mains gas central heating, modernised by current owner, en-suite, own drive, no chain, available part furnished, family park

REF:6358

Heath Farm Park, Salisbury, Wiltshire

£155,000

2 bed, 42 x 20, 2008, Tingdene Villa, externally re-clad & re-insulated, modern kitchen and bathroom, en-suite, study, drive for two cars, no chain, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6249

Shirkoak Park, Ashford, Kent

£159,950

2 bed, 36 x 20, 1999, mains gas, modern double glazed conservatory, own garage and drive, attractive views, no chain, priced to sell, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6226

Surrey Hills Park, Guildford, Surrey

£159,950

2 bed, 40 x 13, Omar circa 1992, externally re-clad & insulated, own drive, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6558

Yew Tree Park, Ashford, Kent

2 bed, 40 x 20, 1990, Tingdene, mains gas central heating, 2 bathrooms; 1 en-suite, own drive, own garden plot, semi retirement 55+

£162,000 REF:6568

Flagship Park, Colchester, Essex

£167,950

2 bed, 42 x 20, 2009, Homeseeker, reburbished with new flooring, new kitchen appliances, new bathrooms, new boiler, en-suite, large drive, sought after location

REF:6459

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Merrywood Park, Boxhill, Surrey

£169,950

2 bed, 36 x 20, 1986, Omar, Ashdale model, mains gas central heating, modern kitchen & bathroom, down garage and drive, sought after Boxhill area

REF:6456

Oaklands Park, Hook, Hampshire

£174,950

2 bed, 36 x 20, Omar Colorado, oil fired c/heating, modernised inside & out, modern kitchen & bathroom, study, externally re-clad & insulated, own drive, semi retirement park 40+

REF:6468

Beechwood Park, Dawlish Warren, Devon

£175,000 ‘OIRO’

Attractive 3 bed, 48 x 20, 1998, Manor Park, mains gas central heating, en-suite, detached garage with drive, sought REF:6437 after sea and village location, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

Flagship Park, Colchester, Essex

2+ bed, 45 x 20, circa 2008, air conditioning, study, en-suite, own drive, attractive garden area, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

£179,950 REF:6460

Beech Park, Tring, Hertfordshire

£185,000

Renovated 2 bed, Omar, 1997, 32 x 20, mains gas, new karndean flooring, new kitchen & bathroom, own drive & garden, semi retirement park 50+ no chain

REF:6015

Badger Hill Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

£190,000

Luxury 2+ bed, 40 x 20, 2013 Homeseeker Reprise, mains gas, study, fitted kitchen, utility room, en-suite, large drive, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:5844

Hickstead Park, Hickstead, West Sussex

£170,000

2 bed, 38 x 20, 1997, Barra model, electric storage heating, own drive, no chain, sought after West Sussex location, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6345

Shirkoak Park, Ashford, Kent

REF:5982

Elmstead Park, Andover, Hampshire

£175,950

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2015, Omar Regency, fitted kitchen includes integral appliances, 2 bathrooms; 1 en-suite, own drive, attractive location, viewing recommended, semi retirement 55+

REF:6521

Wheatfield Park, Worcester, Worcestershire

£180,000

Luxury 2 bed, 42 x 20, 2007, Omar Heritage model, mains gas central heating, study, en-suite, gated entry, own drive, available furnished, priced to sell, semi retirement park 52+

REF:6580

Western Park, Sandbach, Cheshire

As new 2+ bed, 45 x 20, 2018, Prestige Residence, fitted kitchen, study, own drive, low outgoings, no chain, available furnished, semi retirement park

£189,995 REF:6350

Denmead Park, Waterlooville, Hampshire

£190,000 ‘OIRO’

2 bed, 2010, 36 x 20, Normandy Helm Lodge, LPG gas, extensively re-clad, en-suite, large garden, attractively presented, semi retirement

£170,000 OIEO

Luxury 2 bed, 2017, 50 x 22, fitted kitchen, en-suite, own drive & garden, magnificent views, priced to sell, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6293

Warren Park, Dorking, Surrey

£175,000

2+ bed, 48 x 22, Prestige, 2011, mains gas, double glazing, study, en-suite, own garage & drive, semi retirement park 50+, sought after location

Leven View Park, Yarm on Tees, Cleveland

REF:5878

£175,000 OIEO

1 bed, 42 x 12, 2012 Prestige Minuet, mains gas, double glazing, fitted kitchen, garden, parking near home, semi retirement park 50+

REF:5442

Sandy Balls Park, Fordingbridge, Hampshire

£179,950

2 bed, 36 x 20, electric central heating, extensively modernised, re-decorated throughout, new kitchen & bathroom, use of leisure facilities, own drive, no chain, semi retirement 55+

REF:6535

Highgrove Close Park, Lowestoft, Suffolk

£180,000 ‘OIEO’

Luxury 2 bed, 45 x 20, 2016, Omar Sandringham, fitted kitchen with appliances, en-suite, large drive with detached garage, REF:6467 convenient location for local shops, etc, semi retirement 55+

Westbrook Green Park, Evesham, Worcs.

£189,950

2 bed, 33 x 20, 2014, Homeseeker Olympia, fitted kitchen, no chain, own drivel, large garden with decked area, available furnished if required, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6566

Cudworth Park, Dorking, Surrey

£190,000

2 bed, 40 x 20, 1989 Stately Albion, mains gas central heating, separate cloakroom, own garage & drive, priced to sell, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6000

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Fordbridge Park, Sunbury on Thames, Surrey

£190,000

Luxury 1 bed, 36 x 12, 2012, Homeseeker, own drive, own garden plot, family park, sought after location, convenient for local shop and station, family park

REF:6412

Grovelands Park, Wokingham, Berkshire

£198,000 ‘ONO’

2 bed, 44 x 20, 1993, Omar extended home, mains gas central heating, available part furnished, own large drive, family park, sought after location

REF:6532

Capel Gardens, Ashford, Kent

REF:6436

The High Pines, Bracknell, Berkshire

£219,950

2 bed, 40 x 20, Omar, mains gas, garage & drive, attractive garden, sought after village location, semi retirement park 55+, viewing recommended

REF:5929

Scatterdell Park, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire

£220,000

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2008, Tingdene Mackworth Lodge, good sized kitchen, en-suite bathroom, attractive garden area, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6334

Green Valley Park, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

£225,000

2 bed, 42 x 20, 1999, Omar, mains gas, en-suite, own drive, sought after location overlooking fields & countryside, semi retirement park 55+

Collinswood Park, Caddington, Beds

£194,950

Newly refurbished 2 bed, 44 x 12, 1996, Stately Albion Tredegar, new LPG central heating, new double glazing, new kitchen & bathroom, residents club, own drive, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6406

Wessex Park, Winchester, Hampshire

FROM £199,500

Various 40 x 20 homes, fully furnished, semi retirement park, enquire for more info

REF:6158

Fangrove Park, Chertsey, Surrey

£210,000

Large 4+ bed, 60 x 24 model, fully residential plot on leisure park, oil fired central heating, luxury fitted kitchen, study, ample parking on drive, no chain, semi retirement park

Penton Park, Chertsey, Surrey

REF:6506

£210,000

Large 2+ bed, 48 x 20, 1996, Lissett, study, utility, en-suite, parking near home, large garden plot, no chain, family park

REF:6493

Fangrove Park, Chertsey, Surrey

£219,950

2 bed, 38 x 20, 2006 Lissett Forest Lodge model, en-suite, allocated parking space, nice garden area, Family Park – children welcome, sought after Lyne location

REF:6562

Surrey Hills Park, Guildford, Surrey

£220,000

2+ bed, 45 x 20, circa 1995, Omar Heritage, externally re-clad & insulated, study, large conservatory, ample parking, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6560

Shirmart Park, Braunton, Devon

£230,000

Luxury 2 bed, 46 x 20, 2015, Tingdene Classic, fitted kitchen, en-suite, very spacious main bedroom, own garage & drive, decked area, summer house, gated entry, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6422

£195,000

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2016, Tingdene Barnwell, fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, en-suite, own drive, convenient village location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6489

Mill Farm Park, Bognor Regis, W. Sussex

£209,000

2 bed, 36 x 20, 1999, Homeseeker Quantock, mains gas central heating, cloakroom, own drive, own garden plot, sought after location, semi retirement park 40+

REF:6573

Penton Park, Chertsey, Surrey

2 bed, 44 x 11, Tingdene Hayden Classic, LPG gas, double glazing, fitted kitchen, own drive & garden, semi retirement park 50+, no chain

£218,000 REF:5931

Bushey Hall Park, Bushey, Hertfordshire

£220,000

2 bed, 27 x 20, 2010, Tingdene, mains gas, fitted kitchen includes integral appliances, own drive, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6139

Willows Riverside Park, Windsor, Berkshire

£225,000

2 bed, 36 x 20, Tingdene Hayden, LPG gas, own drive, family park, children welcome, sought after riverside location, viewing recommended, no chain

REF:5880

Bluebell Woods Park, Cambridgeshire

£230,000 ‘ONO’

Luxury 2 bed, 52 x 20, 2010, Omar Oulton Excel, mains gas, fitted kitchen & utility, en-suite, available furnished, gated access, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6177

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Surrey Hills Park, Boxhill, Surrey

£230,000

2 bed, 28 x 20 Hayden Classic, own drive for off street parking, sough village location, Family park children welcome, mains gas

REF:6505

Meadowlands Park, Addlestone, Surrey

£235,000

2 bed park home, 36 x 20, 1995 Omar Oulton Excel, externally re-clad & insulated, own drive, vacant, no chain, semi retirement

REF:6593

Brockham Hill Park, Tadworth, Surrey

£239,950 ‘ONO’

2-3 bed, 40 x 20, 1991, Tingdene Villa, mains gas central heating, double glazing, parking near home, study/bedroom 3, family park, no chain

REF:6454

Brownfield Gardens, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Attractive 2 bed, 40 x 20, 2010, Homeseeker Lodge, mains gas, en-suite, own drive, no chain, convenient location, family park

£245,000 REF:6367

Harveys Nurseries, Reading, Berkshire

£249,950

Luxury 2 bed, 40 x 20, 2016, Oakgrove Clarendon, fitted kitchen with integral appliances, utility room, en-suite, own drived, sought after location, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6478

Riverhill Estate, Surbiton, Surrey

2 bed, 42 x 20, 1989, Omar Sherringham, en-suite, own drive, attractively presented, no chain, semi retirement park 55+

£265,000 REF:6264

Loddon Court Farm, Reading, Berkshire

£235,000

Luxury 2 bed, 42 x 20, Regency Classis, 2016, LPG central heating, double glazing, fitted kitchen, garage & drive, sought after village location, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6504

Three Counties Park, Upper Pendock, Worcs

£235,000

Luxury 2+ bed, 48 x 22, 2018, Stately Albion, Cardigan Cottage, study, fitted kitchen & utility, en-suite, double length drive, sought after location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6588

Yarwell Mill Park, Yarwell, Northamptonshire

£240,000

2 bed, 45 x 20, 2016, Stately Albion Woburn, en-suite, own drive, own garden plot, attractive millside river location, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6156

Sun Haven Valley Park, Mawgan, Cornwall

New 2 bed lodge, Prestige Burleigh, 40 x 20, vaulted ceiling, French doors, decking, high gloss fitted kitchen & bedroom furniture, full residential plot

£249,995 REF:6374

Luckista Grove, Ashington, West Sussex

£250,000

Luxury 2 bed, 40 x 16, 2018, Stately Albion Wentwood, fitted kitchen, en-suite, own drive, attractive outlook, fully residential licence, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6365

Penton Park, Chertsey, Surrey

£235,000

2 bed, 40 x 20, 2017, private gated security entrance, fitted kitchen & utility, en-suite, available furnished turn key ready, own drive, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:5762

Wessex Park, Winchester, Hampshire

£237,000

As new 2 bed, 40 x 20, 2017, Tingdene Hayden Classic, fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, en-suite, own drive, sought after location, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6160

Beech Park, Wigginton, Hertfordshre

£242,995

2 bed, 32 x 20, mains gas, double glazing, new carpets and kitchen floor, large secluded garden, semi retirement 55+

REF:5770

Sun Haven Valley Park, Mawgan, Cornwall

£249,995

New 2 bed lodge, 40 x 20 Willerby Forest Grove, central heating, double glazing, off street parking, garden, balcony, rural/ secluded, fully residential plot

REF:6375

Meadowlands Park, Addlestone, Surrey

£250,000

2 bed, 36 x 20, 2002, Homeseeker Langdale Plus, externally re-clad & insulated in 2017, en-suite, own drive, convenient location for shops, station, etc, family park

REF:6527

Willows Riverside Park, Windsor, Berkshire

£274,950

Attractive 2 bed, 45 x 11, 2014 Kingsbridge, fully fitted kitchen includes appliances, own drive to side of home, attractive garden with view of fields beyond, semi retirement park 50+

Duvall Park, Bicester, Oxfordshire

REF:6543

£275,000

2 bed, 36 x 20, Tingdene Hayden Special, LPG gas, double glazing, own drive, garden with riverside outlook, family park, children welcome, viewing recommended

REF:5900

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RESIDENTIAL HOMES Yarwell Mill Country Park, Peterborough, Northants

£255,000

Luxury 2 bed, 45 x 20, 2017, Stately Albion Harvard, fitted kitchen, en-suite, own drive, large decked area, fantastic outlook over lake, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6179

Lone Pine Park, Ferndown, Dorset

REF:6545

Heyford Leys Park, Oxon, Oxfordshire

REF:6553

£320,000

Luxury 2 bed, 48 x 20, 2018, Prestige Residence, fitted kitchen, en-suite, own drive, LPG central heating, double glazing, no chain, viewing recommended, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6240

Bushey Hall Park, Bushey, Hertfordshire

£335,000

Luxury “as new” 2 bed, 44 x 20, 2017, Stately Albion Windsor Special, fitted kitchen & utility, en-suite, own drive, attractively presented, semi retirement park 50+

£289,995

Luxury 2 bed, 28 x 26 refurbished Willerby, oil fired central heating, newly refitted kitchen, viewing recommended, attractive garden with large decked area, semi retirement park 40+

Oaklands Park, Brook Green Nr Horsham, West Sussex

£305,000

Luxury 2 bed, 40 x 20, 2015, Prestige Anthem Special, fitted kitchen, en-suite, own drive, sought after location, viewing recommended, semi retirement park 55+

Hurley Riverside Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire

REF:6204

£339,000

Luxury 3 bed, 50 x 22, 2011, Tingdene, mains gas, double glazing, en-suite, available furnished, park for over 50’s, close to transport links

REF:6157

Green Valley Park, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

£295,000

2 bed, 45 x 20 Omar, mains gas, conservatory, en-suite, study, large drive, garden with views over Woodland, viewing recommended, semi retirement park 50+

REF:5911

Mobile Home Park, St Albans, Hertfordshire

£325,000

Luxury 2 bed, 46 x 17, Sonatta Prestige Special, mains gas, own drive, large garden, separate out building with light & power, family park, low outgoings, no chain

REF:6031

Duvall Park, Bicester, Oxfordshire

£340,000

Luxury 2 bed, 50 x 22, Stately Albion Kensington, gated security entrance, fitted kitchen, en-suite, drive & garden, available furnished turn key ready, semi retirement park 50+

REF:5761

SEEKERS, THE UK’S FAVOURITE PARK HOME AGENT

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nlike ordinary estate agents, Seekers offer a specialist service as they focus on sales of park homes, lodges and holiday homes. They have a national coverage with Keith Morgan, the owner of the business, coming out to see the customer personally at their home. Keith says: “People are often surprised to see me, but as the owner of Seekers and with almost 40 years’ experience I am the best person for advice and help.” Seekers have a large specialist website – www.seekersparkhomes. co.uk - and with many customers using Google to search for this, it can be found very quickly. They also use property portals Zoopla and Prime Location, so both buyers and sellers can fi nd them easily. Park Home News

magazine is, of course, another way people get in contact with Seekers, and the traditional ways of phoning or visiting their high street office in Aldershot still work well too. They would love to help you sell your lodge or holiday home!

HOW TO SELL YOUR PARK HOME YOUR NAME ................................................................................................ ADDRESS ....................................................................................................... COUNTY .......................................................................................................... POST CODE .................................................................................................. TEL ...................................................................................................................... EMAIL ............................................................................................................... Send it to: 183 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1JU

CONTACT SEEKERS

EMAIL: office@seekersestateagents.com TELEPHONE: 01252 313554 WEBSITE: www.seekersparkhomes.co.uk

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HOW TO SELL YOUR PARK HOME If you are looking to sell your park home, look no further than Seekers, the industry’s longest established specialist agent

SELLING SERVICE

WEBSITE SERVICE

Seekers offers a specialist estate agency service for Park Homes. It doesn’t matter if you live in Cornwall, the Midlands, Wales or Newcastle – Seekers has a comprehensive selling service. We will come out to see you, provide a valuation, take photographs, and then market your home on our specialist website www. seekersparkhomes.co.uk along with Zoopla, Prime location, and our Park Home News Magazine. Unlike most estate agents Seekers can offer a choice of fees rather then one fi xed cost. With over 39 years of experience in Park Home Estate agency and over £7.1 million worth of sales achieved last year, why put your home in the hands of less experienced companies.

Some companies offer a website only service, which may appear to be a good idea. However this does not give a comprehensive service or in-depth advice. It is useful to remember that Seekers offers a FREE website listing as part of our normal service. That’s right – you do not have to pay extra to advertise your home on the internet. This also included expert help and advice you simply cannot get from a computer.

SOLICITOR BACKED CONVEYANCING SERVICE In light of the Mobile Home Act 2013, Seekers have developed a low cost fi xed fee solicitor service that can help with the legal paperwork for purchasing & selling.

24 HOUR ESTATE AGENCY

Finally when you want to speak to a human voice, not an answer phone, Seekers have a UK based call centra to deal with ‘out of hours’ calls that are dealt with by trained staff until normal office hours open again. You never have to speak to a machine, and the reply is dealt with quickly and efficiently.

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For more information from Seekers about selling your home, please complete the enquiry form below and send it to: 183 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1JU

We come out to you for advice & valuation

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HOME SHIELD

PARK HOME REFURBISHMENTS We check out park home renovation specialist Home Shield Park Home Refurbishments, to see how its team of experts can transform an old park home, to make it as good as new.

W

ith the continuing slump in the property market, it seems that there’s a growing group of park home buyers who are choosing to buy older park homes, often in need of renovation work, rather than choosing brand new homes. Once you look at the figures, this can be a good way to end up with your ideal home, but at a relatively low price. Another benefit of a full exterior renovation like this is that you can increase your home’s insulation levels. Doing this is said to reduce a park home’s energy consumption and fuel bills by up to 30 per cent. With all-new insulation in place a maintenance free cladding system, which carries a 30 year guarantee, can be fitted by Home Shield with a choice of 12 colours to select from.

COUNTRYWIDE SERVICE

With its main base located in Nottingham, Home Shield Park Home Refurbishments also has a depot in Edinburgh, so the renovation company is able to cover the whole of the UK when it comes to park home renovations. After a customer’s initial enquiry, a representative from the company will call round and put together a quote for all the work required. If the home owner is happy to go ahead, Home Shield will come out to measure up and, usually within six weeks, the work can be carried out.  An impressive before and after park home renovation project completed by Home Shield Park Home Refurbishments

New president for Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign Sonia McColl OBE, the founder of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign (PHOJC) and Park-HELPLine, reveals more about the new president of the PHOJC… Following the sad passing in 2020 of our loyal President, Lord Ted Graham of Edmonton, we have looked very carefully for the right person to hold this position. Lord Ted was a true friend of the park home community and left some very large shoes to fill. This was a very daunting task, but I feel sure that Lord Ted would share our pleasure as PHOJC welcomes - Father of the House of Commons - Sir Peter Bottomley as its new president. Sir Peter, who is the MP for Worthing, has been an MP since 1975 and is also the Vice Chairman of the APPG (all party parliamentary group for park homes). Our JUSTICE Campaign has always recognised the need to have a good relationship with those within the walls of

Westminster, and we have been fortunate to have had the ear of many MPs when we succeeded in changing the law to stop “sale blocking”.

We are now very proud to announce officially that the ‘Father of the House of Commons’ is our president and Sir Peter, we thank and welcome you.

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STOP PRESS

STOP PRESS

Willow Park, Mancote, North Wales

2 bed, 36 x 20 model, mains gas, double glazing, conservatory, own garage, parking to front, semi retirement park 50+,

£55,000 REF:6592

Doddington Heights, Kidderminster, Shropshire

2+ bed, 40 x 20, 1988, LPG gas, study, own garden, attractive location, double glazing, semi retirement 50+

£110,000 REF:6025

Mytchett Farm Park, Mytchett, Surrey

£155,000

2 bedroom park home, 36 x 20, 2002 Homeseeker Homedene model, en-suite, available part furnished if required, own drive, no chain, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6594

Mytchett Farm Park, Mytchett, Surrey

2 bed park home, 36 x 20, 1996 Omar, available part furnished if required, own drive, own garden plot, no chain, semi retirement park 45+

£150,000 REF:6598

Gracelands Park, Market Harborough, Leicester

Shirkoak Park, Ashford, Kent

2 bed, 36 x 20 model, mains gas, double glazing, conservatory, own garage, parking to front, semi retirement park 50+,

£104,000 REF:6332

Ashley Wood Park, Blandford Forum, Dorset

£115,000

2 bed, 28 x 20, 2000, Wessex Hardy, conservatory, attractive woodland to rear, own drive, no cats permitted, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

REF:6589

Orchard Park, Yeovil, Somerset

£199,950

2 bed park home, 46 x 20, 2016 Stately Albion, study, 2 bathrooms; 1 en-suite, own double length drive, own garden plot, semi retirement park 45+

REF:6596

£110,000

1 bed, 45 x 10 model, mains gas central heating, double drive to rear, no chain for prompt sale, pets/dogs welcome (max 1) semi retirement park 55+

REF:6591

Hillcrest Park, Boxhill, Surrey

£155,000

2 bed, 25 x 20, Wessex, 2000, parking nearby, mains gas, garden plot, sought after Boxhill location, semi retirement 50 years +

REF:6503

Garden of England, Maidstone, Kent

£50,000

1 bed park home, 40 x 10, 1996 Omar, en-suite shower in bedroom, parking by home with rental garage possible, no chain, semi retirement park 55+

REF:6597

Meriden Hall Park, Coventry, Warwickshire

2 bed park home, 30 x 20, 1993 Tingdene, mains gas central heating, Parking in allocated space, no chain, semi retirement park 50+

£135,000

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REF:6599

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PEACE OF MIND INDEED Whether you are looking for an insurance policy for the first time or in search of an improved policy, Paul Baker Insurance Services (PBIS) can give you the peace of mind that you are choosing the right policy for your needs.

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nsurance is a peace of mind purchase designed to protect your hard earned assets against a wide range of perils. Insurance policies are not all the same and certainly park home policies are not all the same, so here we take a look at some of the key ingredients which should go some way to ensuring you sleep well at night.

NEW FOR OLD REPLACEMENT

Your policy should ensure that your home is insured on a new for old basis, so that in the unlikely event of a total loss you have the certainty of knowing it will be replaced with a brand new equivalent home, including additions such as conservatories, decking and garages. It should also cover the cost of site clearance, re-siting and delivery. Most policies now provide for a ‘blanket’ sum insured because, to be honest, how can anyone really know how much it will cost to replace their home? Blanket sums insured will vary widely, so it is important to choose a policy with a sum insured that will comfortably replace the home otherwise you could find yourself having to find the difference. The ‘Select’ policy from PBIS provides for a blanket sum insured of up to £600,000, peace of mind indeed.

POLICIES FROM PBIS COVER: ✓

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Plumbing problems related to leaking pipes, blocked drains or leaking radiators Blockages in toilet waste pipes Broken or damaged windows, doors and locks presenting a security risk to the home Complete electricity failure Hot water failure Animals or insects that are destructive in their natural behaviour or considered as pests or nuisances: brown rats, black rats, house mice, field mice, squirrels, wasps’ nests and hornets’ nests only.

LEGAL ADVICE AND EXPENSES

Most policies include legal advice specifically related to park homes, but not all, and most include legal expenses which cover certain disputes with park owners, but not all. Park home legislation is a very specialist area of law that is best handled by lawyers who are conversant with it. Disputes with park owners are not unheard of, they can be distressing and they can be expensive. For peace of mind choose a policy that includes park home specific legal advice and legal expenses, which includes disputes with park owners. The ‘Select’ policy from PBIS includes both, peace of mind indeed.

24 HOUR HOME EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Some policies include a 24 hour Home Emergency Assistance Service, which means that you can call a dedicated number to get a qualified and reputable tradesman. Some policies include the cost of the call out, usually subject to a maximum

The peace of mind that help is only a phonecall away is invaluable

figure, but some include no financial benefit. The peace of mind of this cover cannot be understated; there are many rogue traders preying upon the elderly and vulnerable, can you afford the out of hours charges, can you even find someone who will come out and deal with your emergency? The ‘Select’ policy from PBIS includes a 24 hour Home Emergency Assistance Service that you can use up to three times a year and which covers up to £1,000 of the call out charges including parts and labour. Peace of mind indeed.

PEACE OF MIND

So if you are looking for complete peace of mind why not give PBIS a call on

FREEPHONE 0800 0385 093

and check whether your current park home insurer includes these valuable policy features

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AUTIFUL LOCATIONS

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NEED PARK HOME LEGA Barrister and mediator Ibraheem Dulmeer helps residents, site owners and local authority officers, offering legal advice to anyone who is in the park homes world, including buying or selling your park home. Here Ibraheem provides the answers to three frequently asked questions. 1. We are having problems getting the park owner to properly maintain the park site. The road ways are badly maintained and street lights are often not working. How would you approach these issues? There are three broad approaches: (a) Try to negotiate with the site owner. As Churchill famously said: “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war”. In Ibraheem’s experience he has come across many park owners who are reasonable, understanding and helpful. Therefore, you may wish to have a discussion with the park owner about the issues that you are facing. (b) Complain first. If an informal chat hasn’t worked or it has passed that stage, you may wish to invoke a complaint with the site owner directly or through their agent’s complaints process before thinking of taking legal action.

If there is no formal complaints process, you could address a letter to the site owner outlining your concerns regarding the park site.

‘To maintain in a clean and tidy condition those parts of the protected site, including access ways, site boundary fences and trees, which are not the responsibility of any occupier of park home stationed on the park site.’

The Local Authority may be able to assist in certain circumstances, for example, if there is a breach of the site licence conditions. You may wish to make contact with the licensing officer or environmental officer who deals with park homes. Obtaining specific legal advice at this stage may be prudent to understand your legal position and whether you have grounds to complain.Additionally, that specific legal advice may give a fresh view on matters and provide you with the necessary information to make your complaint clear. Be aware of your legal position - who is responsible for what on the park site? Please be aware in relation to the maintenance the site, the implied DAY of FIVE/SIX terms provide that the site owner is:

 Ibraheem Dulmeer is a barrister and mediator at Normanton Chambers

The implied terms outline what the park home resident is responsible for: Maintaining (i) the outside of the park home and (ii) the pitch, including all fences and outbuildings belonging to, or enjoyed with, it and the park home, in a clean and tidy condition.

RECOMMENDED BY… “I have worked professionally with Ibraheem for approaching seven years, having been in the park homes world for over 15 years. Ibraheem has helped many residents up and down the country as a barrister. His knowledge of park homes law is excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending any park home resident to contact him for expert legal advice.” Alex Melvin, Editor of Park Home News

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OME LEGAL HELP? RECOMMENDED BY… “Our Residents’ Association is delighted to recommend Ibraheem. We have been instructing Ibraheem for a while now and we are grateful for his cost-effective, succinct and easy to understand advice. We have found it particularly useful that Ibraheem offers video conferences to explain and discuss his legal advice with us. Overall, Ibraheem provides a calming approach when things are difficult. We cannot thank him enough as we really appreciate all his continued help, effort and support. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs park homes advice. We also seek legal advice from him on non-park home matters!” Mrs C, QRA Secretary  

(c) We have tried to resolve matters and outlined our legal position, do we consider tribunal or court action? The courts are the very last port of call. Most park home litigation is dealt with by the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in England and the Residential Property Tribunal in Wales. It is prudent to seek independent legal advice before making such an application. Ibraheem can assist with this. 2. What are the ‘implied terms’ under my Park Home Agreement and where can I find these? The implied terms are contractual terms which are implied by statute into the Agreement between a park home resident and a site owner which permits the resident to station his park home on the site and occupy it as a residence. The implied terms constitute the minimum rights and obligations that all residents of park homes in England

 With many years’ experience, Ibraheem Dulmeer offers legal advice to anyone in the park homes world

and Wales have. It is important to note that the implied terms cannot be excluded or waived, and if there is a conflict between an express term and implied term in the agreement it will be the implied term which applies. You can find a copy of these implied terms here: assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/ government/uploads/system/ uploads/attachment_data/ file/236493/Consolidated_implied_ terms_in_park_home_pitch_ agreements.pdf 3. We have an informal association and want to be ‘recognised’. What conditions does the association need to meet to become a QRA? The conditions for becoming a qualifying residents’ association are laid down in law and are as follows: ● The association must represent the owners of the homes on the particular site. ● At least 50% of the people living in the homes on the site must be members of the association. In working out the percentage of residents, each home is considered as having one person living there. If there is more than one person living in the home, the person whose name appears first on the written agreement is the one who would count in working out the 50%. ● The association must have no links to the site owner and they, or any of their agents or employees, cannot be members. ● Membership must be open to all residents who live in homes on the site, for example both a husband or wife or two partners can be members of the association as long as both jointly own and live in the home. ● The association must keep an up-to-date list of members which is open for the public to inspect, together with the rules and constitution of the association. ● The association must have a chair, secretary and treasurer who are elected by and from the members. ● Apart from administrative decisions taken by the chair, secretary and treasurer, decisions are taken by voting. In any ballot, only one vote can be allowed for each home (if there are two or more members living in the same home, they must decide between themselves how to use that vote).

About the Author

Ibraheem Dulmeer is a barrister and mediator at Normanton Chambers, 218 Strand, London, WC2R 1AT. Ibraheem accepts instructions directly from the public, as a public access barrister on any park home matter. This means you may instruct him directly. His fees can be fixed and have no hidden surprises. He can be contacted by telephone on: 07939 259 924 or by e-mail info@ibraheemdulmeer.com. You can also contact him using his website: www.parkhomeslaw.com

● The site owner must acknowledge, in writing, to the secretary that the association is a qualifying residents’ association. ● If the association has not been recognised by the site owner, a residential property tribunal may make an order that the association is a qualifying residents’ association. Ibraheem hopes that the answers to these frequently asked questions assists park home owners. Should you have a specific question and need advice on a different issue or the issues outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact Ibraheem for a quote for his legal services. The information provided in this article serves as a useful guidance. Please note that this is not intended to be comprehensive and should not be taken in place of legal advice. If in doubt, you could seek specific advice from Ibraheem Dulmeer, who specialises in this area of law. This material should not be replicated without the author’s consent. Ibraheem Dulmeer © 2020 – 2021

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QUEST FOR JUSTICE Sonia McColl OBE, founder of the Park Home Owners’ JUSTICE Campaign, is calling on park home residents to help her get action from the Government. “Why are we all still waiting and what can we do?” This is a question I am constantly being asked by residents across the UK who are fed up with the Government’s long delays on tackling these important issues. Since 2014, park home residents, Peers, MPs and friends of the JUSTICE Campaign have petitioned the Government, rallied at Westminster, attended The Three Nations Rally, delivered a petition of 30,000 plus to Downing Street, attended and voiced their opinions in the Palace of Westminster, eventually to be told that the annual increases in pitch fees currently based upon the Retail Price Index (RPI) would be changed to the lower Consumer Price Index (CPI) and that the Review of the 10% Commission Charge paid to park owners upon the private sale of park homes would take place. Many campaign members who have fought for six years now ask what our JUSTICE campaign can do to make the Government honour their promises. Well, Covid limits the options, but we can all write a letter to the Prime Minister with copies to The Housing Minister and your own MP. You are welcome to use the template here. I will also be writing to the Prime Minister on behalf of our JUSTICE Campaign to request a meeting. This, of course, may not be granted, but at the start of the year I am also sending a letter to all JUSTICE campaign members on the database and will publish it on the PHOJC website as well as the PHOJC and Park Homes Policy Forum Facebook pages. I will also ask IPHAS, NAPHR and PHRAA to publish it to their membership. So, if you want to see RPI to CPI brought in and a favourable change to the 10% Commission Charge, please inundate Downing Street Offices and your own MP’s office with letters and, if I may also suggest, please ask your own MP to bring up the delay in the 10% Commission Charge and the change from RPI to CPI in Prime Minister’s questions. Sonia McColl is the UK’s best known park home residents’ campaigner. In 2014, Sonia earned an OBE for her work as founder of the Park Home Owners’ JUSTICE Campaign, which helped change some of the laws surrounding our sector.

LETTER TEMPLATE Reference: Park Homes and Promised Legislation Dear Prime Minister I am a supporter of the Park Home Owners JUSTICE Campaign whose members have, since 2014. rallied in London, delivered petitions to Downing Street, had meetings in the Palace of Westminster and received your Government’s promise that RPI would be changed to CPI on the monthly pitch fee paid to the site owner. In addition, your Government promised an independent review of the 10% commission charge payable from the resident’s equity to the site owner on the sale of the resident’s park home. You will see evidence below that these problems have been addressed and promises made since 2014. 30th October 2014, Sale of Park Homes Debate. Annette Brooke MP said: “I beg to move that this house calls on Government to set up a review of the current fee of up to 10% of the price of a park home payable to the site owner. Question put and agreed to. Resolved: “That this House calls on the Government to set up a review of the current fee of up to 10% of the sale price of a park home payable to the site owner.” 22nd October 2018, The Requirement to Pay Commission. Policy Reviews. The Government’s response to the review, published on 22 October 2018, consequently confirmed that the Government will commission research to gather relevant data to enable a detailed assessment of the likely impacts of a change to the 10% commission charge on residents and site owners. The Government intends to commission the research later in 2019. 13th January 2020, Esther McVey MP said: “We made a commitment in October 2018 to change the pitch fee review inflationary index from the Retail Price Index (RPI) to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) having considered the responses of residents and site owners to our review of park homes legislation. The required primary legislation will be introduced when parliamentary time is available.” 3rd September 2020, House of Lords Hansard. Mobile Homes. Lord Teverson said: “Is the Government looking further at the 10% commission fee on the sale of mobile homes or park homes on these sites, which is still highly contentious?” Lord Greenhalgh said: “There is currently no data available to accurately measure any of those impacts, which is why the Government has committed to undertake research to gather the relevant data. We have undertaken some initial scoping work to identify gaps in the existing evidence base to ensure that the research is thorough and comprehensive.” May I respectfully ask if the magic words “WHEN PARLIAMENTARY TIME ALLOWS” is before or after the next General Election? I do appreciate that your Government is dealing with Brexit and Covid, however those magic words are wearing rather thin. Therefore, I would ask that you please direct your relevant Minister to implement the necessary primary legislation to allow the change from RPI to CPI on the pitch fee to become law and - whilst it may already have been started - may I respectfully ask that you inform me as to when the review of the 10% commission charge will be finished and explain what input I can have as a park home resident into the eventual findings of the review. Neither RPI to CPI or the findings of the 10% commission review will, of course, affect you personally, but it does and will continue to affect the lives of some 85,000 park home residents in the electorate. I think you must agree that six years has been a long time to wait and many park home residents are sadly no longer with us. Please Prime Minister, honour your Government’s decisions on these subjects and may I respectfully ask that you do not authorise a standardised letter on this subject to be sent from you or your MPs. Respectfully Insert Your Name

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Allow two hours for the coating to dry. Resitex products contain water based polymers which dry more efficiently on a mild spring/summer day with a light breeze. Find out if there is a handyman on your site if you’re not a DIY-er. Director Greg Burton advises: “We take a lot of orders from residents’ associations where there’s a handyman who can do lots of homes. We also offer discounts for bulk orders.” Try a specialist park home exterior decorator or a local decorator if you can’t get a neighbour to help.

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WHAT IS THE FIRST-TIER TRIBUNAL? The Leasehold Advisory Service explains more about what the First-tier Tribunal does and how it can help you resolve park home disputes…

This section gives wide powers to the Tribunal when considering park home matters. For instance, applications made in the Tribunal can address the following (non-exhaustive list): ● Disputing utility charges; ● Enforcement of site rules; ● Pitch fee reviews; ● Administration charges; ● Refusal of permission for improvement of a park home; ● Recognition of a residents’ association There is a fee of £100 payable for an application to the Tribunal, and, if required, an additional hearing fee of £200. Unless you qualify for a fee waiver or reduction, this is known as the fee remission system, outlined at: https://www.gov.uk/government/ collections/fees-and-help-withfees-forms  For Wales, the Tribunal application fees range from £155 to £515. Please carefully look at the fee structure contained in the application form you are to use – see https://parkhomes. lease-advice.org/forms/T

RETENTION OF THE JURISDICTION OF THE COUNTY COURT IN PARK HOME MATTERS

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he First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (“Tribunal”) deals with proceedings relating to park/mobile homes. Until 1 July 2013 such matters were dealt with by the Residential Property Tribunal who, in turn, had taken over jurisdiction for park home matters from the county courts on 30 April 2011.

THE TRIBUNAL

The Tribunal can determine the majority of applications in relation to park home matters. All of the application forms can be found on LEASE’s website at www.parkhomes. lease-advice.org/forms. LEASE lists all the forms necessary to make an application, numbered from Form PH1 to Form PH19. Before you complete and submit an application, it is important that you read the notes contained in these forms. The notes outline what documents need to accompany the completed application form to be sent to the appropriate

regional Tribunal office. On the back page of each application form, there is a helpful list of the addresses and contact details of all the regional Tribunal offices in England.

 First-tier Tribunals have been determining park home matters since 2013

When a Tribunal considers a case it will usually comprise a panel of two or three members, including a chairman. The Tribunal is made up of: 1. The chairman, who will usually be a lawyer or surveyor – they are usually responsible for the written reasons for the decision; and, 2. Other members who may be lawyers, surveyors, other professional people or lay people.

 The Tribunal’s chairman will usually be a lawyer or surveyor

It is interesting to note the County Court retains jurisdiction in cases where an application is made to terminate a park home agreement. Otherwise the Tribunal may have jurisdiction to deal with a termination where there is a pre-existing arbitration agreement to refer the issue to a Tribunal. Again, it is important to read the notes very carefully in Tribunal form PH12, which deals with an application by a site owner to terminate the agreement.

THE PROCEDURAL RULES The Tribunal procedure can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/ publications/property-chambertribunal-procedure-rules

Section 4 of the Mobile Homes Act 1983 states: “…a tribunal has jurisdiction: (a) to determine any question arising under this Act [Mobile Home Act 1983] or any agreement to which it applies; and (b) to entertain any proceedings broughtDAY underFIVE/SIX this Act or any such agreement.”

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In addition to these procedural rules for park home matters, Schedule 10, Supplemental to rule 26 of Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) rules 2013 provides the practice directions – see https://www.judiciary.uk/ wp-content/uploads/JCO/ Documents/Practice+Directions/ ftt-pd-forms-residentialproperty090913.pdf Generally, the rules are separated into six main parts: ● Part 1 sets out the overriding objective; ● Part 2 sets out the Tribunals case management powers; ● Part 3 contains provisions relating to the proceedings and responses; ● Part 4 deals with the hearing and the making and notification of the decisions reached; ● Part 5 deals with the rules about the special rules for various types of matters; ● Part 6 deals with the setting aside, reviewing and appealing against the Tribunal decisions The Practice Directions support relevant rules. In particular, they set out procedures intended to achieve uniformity in practice. The Practice Directions advise the parties what the Tribunal expects of them and what they should expect from the Tribunal. The Tribunal has also issued practice directions on applications by a site owner for a refusal order to prevent a sale or gift of a Mobile Home – see https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/ uploads/JCO/Documents/ Practice+Directions/ftt-pd-mobilehomes-act-pc-090913.pdf In brief, once the Tribunal receives the application, it will go on to assess the urgency and complexity of the matter. Accordingly, it may list urgent matters for hearing within days. For example, there is an application for an urgent sale or gift of a mobile home under Rule 45 of The Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013 – see https://www.legislation.gov. uk/uksi/2013/1169/article/45/made When an application form is sent to a Tribunal, it is allocated to a case officer. Administrative staff then manage the progress of the case and deal with any correspondence sent to or by the Tribunal. The case officer can speak to parties about the procedure that needs to be followed. For straightforward cases, the Tribunal can often deal with the matters

Any decision by the Tribunal may be appealed to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), the judicial body above the Tribunal. Permission to appeal must be sought from the Tribunal and if that is declined an application for permission can then be renewed to the Upper Tribunal.

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Tribunal has published updated guidance documents for new and existing applications. Where feasible, all communication should be via email and any payments by online banking. Hearings, where needed, will be held remotely by telephone, Skype or video conference such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Site visits are at the discretion of the tribunal.  Tribunal application fees vary, depending on where you live: please be aware of this!

considering the written evidence submitted by each party. However, each party has the right to request an oral hearing. Please note that court staff cannot provide legal advice.

Full details below: FTT (PC) (England): https://www. judiciary.uk/wp-content/ uploads/2020/09/Guidance-for-UsersSeptember-2020.pdf

You may wish to contact your regional Tribunal office and ask to speak to the case officer if you have any questions about the procedure. Alternatively, you can telephone or write to LEASE at https://clients.lease-advice.org/ EnquiryForm/EnquiryForm

Wales: The latest guidance is as follows: due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Tribunal has very limited, or no access, to items delivered by post. Please can you ensure that any documents (including applications forms and written submissions) that are required by the Tribunal are sent by e-mail to: rpt@gov.wales

CONSEQUENCES OF A TRIBUNAL DETERMINATION

Usually within six weeks of a decision/ determination, the Tribunal will issue a document containing its decision and the reasons for reaching its decision, unless a party makes a written request that this should not be done. Full determinations of all park homes cases can be found using the Tribunals Judiciary website. The decision of a Tribunal is binding upon the parties. The Tribunal has the power to award payments by way of compensation, damages or otherwise directed. For example it has the discretion to award payments for travelling expenses incurred by an Applicant in travelling to the Tribunal. As a general rule the Tribunal cannot order one party to pay another’s costs but it can order one party to reimburse any fees paid by another. Rule 13 of The Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013 shows that the Tribunal may make an order for costs if a party has acted unreasonably, for instance by way of unreasonable conduct during the Tribunal process or failure to comply with its directions.

The Tribunal will not be listing any hearings until June 2021 at the earliest, when the situation will be reviewed. For more details https://residentialpropertytribunal. gov.wales

CONCLUDING REMARKS

The Tribunal process is designed to make the process seamless and user-friendly. Rule 3 of The Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013 highlights that it is the overriding objective of the Tribunal process to deal with matters, fairly and justly, proportionately and to avoid delay. For more information, please contact LEASE by telephone on 0207 832 2525 between the hours of 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday). This article is not meant to describe or give a full interpretation of the law; only the courts can do that. If you are in any doubt about your rights and duties, please seek specific advice. The law discussed covers matters pertaining to English law only.

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Chorizo in Red Wine Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan and gently sauté 1 small chopped onion for a few minutes until softened. Add 2 chopped garlic cloves and cook for a few more minutes. Push the onion and garlic to the side of the pan and add 250g cooking chorizo, cut into chunks. Brown all over, then add 100ml wine and stir in 1tbsp runny honey. Cover and cook gently for 5 minutes or until the sausages are cooked through and coated with the sauce. Add a splash of water if the pan is looking dry. Serve scattered with a handful of chopped parsley and some crusty bread to mop up the spicy juices.

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Caramelised Pears In a large pan, combine 100g soft brown sugar, 50g cubed butter and ¼tsp ground cinnamon. Cook over a medium heat until the

Lamb Kleftiko Crush together 3 garlic cloves and 1tsp salt using a pestle and mortar. Add 1tbsp roughly chopped oregano, 1tsp roughly chopped rosemary, the zest of a lemon, ½tsp ground cinnamon, some black pepper, crush a little more, then stir through 2tbsp olive oil. Rub this paste all over 400g diced lamb. Transfer the lamb to a large food bag, pour in the juice of a lemon and marinate for at least two hours, but preferably overnight. Take the lamb out of the fridge an hour before you want to cook it. Heat oven to 160C. Lay 2 long pieces of baking parchment on top of 2 long pieces of foil – one widthways, the other lengthways to form a cross. Put 300g of waxy or salad potatoes (halved or quartered) in the centre and toss with 1tbsp olive oil and some seasoning. Bring up the sides of the foil, then pour the marinade from the lamb over the potatoes and throw in 2 bay leaves. Set the lamb on top of the potatoes and scrunch the foil together tightly to completely enclose the lamb. Lift into a roasting tray and roast for an hour-and-a-half until very tender. Remove tin from the oven and increase the temperature to 220C. Unwrap the parcel and scrunch the foil and parchment under the rim of the tin, baste the lamb with the juices and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes until browned. Remove the lamb from the tin, wrap in foil and rest. Turn the potatoes over and return to the oven for 30 minutes, then season with salt. Serve with some tzatziki and a Greek salad. Delicious!

sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Add 3 chopped and peeled pears, cook and stir for 10 minutes longer. Serve over ice cream.

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A FINE LEGACY It is with great sadness that we report on the death of Lord Graham of Edmonton, a politician who did much for park home residents’ rights.

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ark home residents throughout this country have reason to mourn the loss of a great man who worked tirelessly to improve their lives. That man was Lord Graham of Edmonton, known affectionately by many as ‘Lord Ted of Ed’ (a title he chose himself!), who died on 21 March, 2020. The son of a meat porter, Ted Graham was brought up in Newcastle and left school at 14. However, education was very important to him and he studied hard throughout his life, eventually gaining a BA from the Open University (the first MP to do so). Having always taken a keen interest in politics, he became a councillor in Enfield in 1960, going on to become its leader. He became the Labour MP for the constituency in 1974 and subsequently served as the Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Consumer Affairs. On his elevation to the peerage, he served as a Lords Commissioner to the Treasury (Senior Whip), Opposition frontbench spokesman on Sport, Defence and Northern Ireland and Opposition Chief Whip from 1990-1997.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Lord Graham first became involved with park homes when the 1983 Mobile Homes Act went through its various parliamentary stages. At the time, Lord Graham was deputy to Gerard Kaufman MP, Shadow Environment Secretary, and was alerted to the problems in the park homes sector. Residents’ lives did improve as a result of the 1983 legislation, but there was still more to be done.

Lord Graham continually worked to improve the lives of park home residents

In 1998, the Government took significant action to address abuses on mobile home parks and, appreciating the need to review this sector on a regular basis, Lord Graham set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Welfare of Park Home Owners (APPG). This group comprised MPs from all parties, representatives from the park homes industry and national residents’ associations. It met regularly to discuss the various problems that were arising on parks, but it wasn’t until 2010 when Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP attended an APPG meeting that he subsequently announced his intention to introduce secondary legislation. Peter Aldous MP was successful in the private members’ bill ballot and the legislation went ahead rapidly. Although Lord Ted was the driving force in the APPG, he was, in fact, the secretary. The chairman was initially Hilton Dawson MP who was then followed by other MPs. A heart attack followed by a period of ill health resulted in Lord Graham handing over the reins of the APPG to Annette Brook MP, and when she retired, two elections ago, the APPG was taken over by Sir Christopher Chope MP. Even though he was no longer actively involved, Lord Ted continued to take a keen interest in the APPG and park homes generally.

FOND MEMORIES

Lord Graham’s final few years were spent happily in a care home where he particularly enjoyed tending the plants in the greenhouse. Our sincere condolences go to Lord Graham’s family, many friends and former colleagues. IPHAS team members have their own personal memories of Lord Ted, who was the organisation’s vice-president. IPHAS president, Joan Aylott, and her husband Ernie, have particularly fond memories of Lord Ted’s help and enthusiasm. Joan and Ernie’s son, Rus (also an IPHAS team member) expressed sincere condolences on the loss of a great man who had contributed so much. Senior consultant, Alan Savory had enjoyed more contact with Lord Ted than most of the IPHAS team through attendance at various London meetings, and he always found him helpful, courteous and full of ideas for ways in which residents’ lives could be improved. Lord Ted. Your contribution to life in this country has been immense.

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WHAT`S IN STORE FOR 2021? A frank appraisal of park home legislation by the Park Homes Policy Forum’s Tony Turner.

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t the time of putting this together it is late 2020 and once again we are delighted to contribute to this unique and informative publication. It goes without saying that 2020 has been, to say the least, a challenging year. Who knows what 2021 will bring, but in this article I will be focusing on the challenges facing park home residents, the industry and the government. Park homes are undoubtedly continuing to be a very popular home choice for many and there are some attractive new park home developments emerging across the UK, seemingly to meet the demand from those who look to downsize from bricks and mortar, release equity and move to more rural areas. The choices are there, and for many a move to a park home will be the best one they have ever made - but sadly for some that may not prove to be the case due to a lack of due diligence and/or research, not using a qualified solicitor, not getting a survey done, not checking the licence conditions and not checking out the park ownership.  Sadly the sector is still largely

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unregulated and many longstanding issues still need to be addressed.

LONG AWAITED CHANGES Many of us live in hope but equally many doubt the desire and commitment of government to introduce the long awaited changes to legislation in what it describes as an important housing sector.

The inevitable conflict between the encouragement of business on the one hand and dealing with outdated and unfair laws on the other can be a difficult one to address - but difficult challenges must not be swept under the carpet. We may finally see the long awaited change of the applied inflationary index for pitch fees in England from the Retail Price Index to the lower Consumer Price Index and new clarification of what the pitch fee is for, whether we agree with the definitions or not. We also hope to see the introduction of the proposed Fit and Proper person management criteria. But then and yet again, its effect will be dependent upon the resources available to and the commitment of the local authorities to whom such responsibilities are to be delegated. Sadly the response of local authorities to site licence enforcement, for example, has been mixed to say the least.  The real commitment should have been the scrapping of the Mobile Homes Act and a properly considered replacement rather than the endless tinkering we have witnessed in recent years, although it has to be said much of which has been warmly welcomed by park home campaigners.

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CHAMPIONING CHANGE

The Park Homes Policy Forum, largely formed to example what is NOT revealed in the glossy brochures and glamorous websites has consistently championed the need for fundamental changes. These have included the requirement for park owners to allocate a fixed percentage of the pitch fee income to ring-fenced sinking funds for maintenance and repairs with the expenditure being overseen by the home owners who pay those fees. We have argued that the annual burden of pitch fee reviews should be three yearly, using the aggregate of the previous years’ inflationary index. We have highlighted the need for better financial transparency and the need for proper consequences for non-compliance.  And we have demanded radical changes to address the behaviour of the unscrupulous park owners, which will only be achieved through actively pursued prosecutions, where the benefits of repeated malpractice become heavily outweighed by the subsequent penalties imposed. There is little doubt that government initiatives are well meaning, but they are also tokenistic, the policies devised by invisible civil servants paying lip service to representation because they have not experienced or understood the impact inadequate legislation is having on people’s lives. Asking a committee who has never seen or ridden a bicycle to design one is likely to put the riders at risk. The sad fact is that this year or next we are unlikely to see major improvements, partly due to the impact of Covid and other government priorities. As many predicted, the review of the 2013 Act has not gone anywhere near far enough and there are none so deaf as those that decline to hear – or hear but decline to act.

HELP IS AVAILABLE

Park home life has much to offer. The vast majority of park home residents enjoy the lifestyle but sadly that is not the experience of everyone. Local authorities lack the resource to provide proper support and proper enforcement and with local government finance in a perilous state, that is unlikely to change any time soon. As a result, park home campaigners for change remain very much on our own. And whilst no-one retired to fight endless battles, the remedies that form the rhetoric are not readily available elsewhere. But it’s not all doom and gloom. There are many excellent parks

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 Park home legislation remains an emotive subject

and superb park operators, the build quality and the design of new homes seems to be getting better and better, more people now have a greater understanding of the legislation and the rules and there is an awful lot of help and advice available. You can join one of the national park home residents’ associations like IPHAS or NAPHR, or consider setting up your own Qualifying Residents’ Association, you can call the Park Home Owners Justice Campaign Park-HELP-Line, sponsored by Paul Baker Insurance, you can contact the Leasehold Advisory Service and many park home insurance policies now include specialist park home legal advice and legal expenses. And if you are looking for open appraisals of what can lie beneath the glossy surface, the Park Homes Policy Forum Facebook page can be found online.

STANDING TOGETHER

With all of this in mind, 2021 will be a year where everyone needs to stand together. No new buyers should enter the market unless the transaction is legally overseen, and those of us already committed must question and challenge everything that does not seem right. And in the absence of what is needed we must rely upon our own determination. Your writer, younger than many reading this, is 77, but I’m determined not to be flannelled and exploited by anyone and neither should any of us! Collectively, we are a largely unused resource and where the government delays in the park home sector whilst creating laws and regulations that are seldom enforced, we must all engage with one another. Hide behind the curtains and rely upon others and nothing but nothing will change.

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FIT AND PROPER A new law is coming into force to ensure sites are run properly.

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t may be trite to say that we all had a difficult year in 2020, but what will 2021 bring? As we hopefully return to some form of normality in the year ahead, in the park home world one long awaited development is the introduction of the ‘fit and proper person’ requirement, which was enacted some time ago in the Mobile Homes Act 2013. This legislative change was one of the most dramatic ones introduced by the 2013 Act, but lay dormant in England whilst the Government consulted on the issue last year, and now many residents will be pleased to hear the relevant regulations have now been passed to bring these provisions to life (in Wales similar provisions have been in place since 2014). From 1 July, 2021 Local Authorities will be required to keep and maintain a register of site owners who are fit and proper persons (and this register will be publicly available).From 1 October, 2021 a site owner may not cause or permit land to be used as a protected park home site unless the Local Authority is satisfied that the site owner (or their appointed manager) is a fit and proper person. Any site licence granted to a person who contravenes this provision is subject to being revoked and criminal sanctions may also follow.

What does fit and proper mean? Clearly the Local Authorities will have some considerable discretion in what constitutes fit and proper in this context, but the regulations

here are quite similar to existing wider licensing law. That is to say that if a site owner has been convicted of a serious criminal offence or has contravened legal provisions relating to caravan sites, planning or public health, or has been guilty of harassment, then they are

It is likely that further legislation will be needed in order to deal with the situation where a site owner/licence holder has been prohibited from managing a site. This will likely take the form of Local Authorities being granted the power to step in as manager as an interim remedy in order to allow sites to

“These provisions allow the Local Authority to take action where there is evidence that sites are being run poorly.” unlikely to be found to be fit and proper persons. Personal insolvency or disqualification from directorship are also relevant considerations. Clearly these provisions allow the Local Authority to take action where there is evidence that sites are being run poorly and further bolster the existing framework around site licences and enforcement of the conditions attached to them. Removal of problem owners It is to be hoped that the majority of current site owners are fit and proper and meet the required standards. However, in the worst cases, the regulations now give teeth to Local Authorities and allow problem site owners to be removed.

continue to be properly managed, for the benefit of residents. I’ve no doubt that this represents a positive development for residents and the park home industry as a whole, along with the many other positive developments we all hope for in 2021! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Samuel Mayer is a solicitor and partner at Henriques Griffiths LLP in Bristol and regularly advises on all matters concerning park home law as well as general civil litigation. Henriques Griffiths LLP can be contracted on0117 909 4000.

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BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL GARDENS Pocket handkerchief gardens are the norm for park homes, but don’t let that stop you from thinking big, says Benedict Vanheems…

Supporting structures like arches can play host to climbers too, offering further privacy and helping to divide the garden up into separate areas that add visual interest. Creating different levels to the garden – for example a raised deck or perhaps a sunken seating area – can also help distract from the modest dimensions.

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

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’s true: It’s not the size of your garden that matters, it’s what you do with it! Even the smallest outside spaces can offer big potential. The only limit is your imagination. Yes, you’ll need to be a little more creative to make the most of what you have, but with a little lateral (and vertical!) thinking, you can grow a beautiful garden.

THE ONLY WAY IS UP!

 Include a place where you can sit and admire your handy work

When you haven’t much space, it’s time to think skywards. Cloak fences or walls with greenery to blur the boundaries. Climbing plants supported on trellis are great for this, but consider other options as well, such as fencemounted planters packed with herbs and flowers, hanging baskets or thin, tightly clipped hedging.

COMPACT SHRUBS

Tricking the eye is a great way to create the illusion of space. Paving laid square-on to the back of your home can have the unintended effect of forestalling the eye, so one simple but effective technique is to offset paving at a 45-degree angle so the lines reach out to the corners. Continuing an inside flooring effect outside can also help bridge indoors and out, creating a seamless flow and a sense of unity. Thoughtfully placed mirrors are an ingenious way to give a sense that there’s more beyond. Frame the mirror with plants to obscure its edges and don’t make mirrors too large or

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All of these easy-care shrubs are evergreen, which means plenty of year-round interest…

Japanese aralia: Its large, glossy leaves add an exotic touch, and it copes well with shade.

Box: The classic and versatile box can be shaped or clipped into stunning topiary forms.

Rosemary: Rosemary flowers from early spring, making it a boon for the bees.

Daphne: Daphnes are incredibly fragrant. Try the pretty variegated D. odora ‘Aureomarginata’.

Mexican orange blossom: Masses of scented springtime flowers. Pair it with spring bulbs.

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DON’T FORGET THE WILDLIFE!

Wildlife needs a home too, and by doing what you can to attract it you’ll also create a more interesting garden. Pond life: Small gardens can still host a pond. Even a tiny pond made from, for example, an old washing up bowl will support frogs or toads, which will help to control slugs naturally.

Feathered friends: Install a bird box in a quiet corner, out of reach from the local cats. Keep bird feeders topped up for a constant display of avian antics.

Bug’s bonanza: Bug hotels take up very little room and can be set up in any sheltered spot. They needn’t look ramshackle – just take a look at this handsome hotel!

It’s a hog’s life: Help struggling hedgehogs by including a hedgehog home, and make sure they can pass from your garden to the next. Visit Hedgehog Street for more advice: www.hedgehogstreet.org

Compost crew: Open-sided compost heaps are a haven for beneficial insects such as ground beetles. You can keep it tidy by hemming in the contents using old pallets.

you may unwittingly fool birds too, which might then fly into it. It’s not just about keeping the eye second-guessing either. Sound and movement offer a further diversion for the senses. A simple fountain or pump-fed trickle can soothe the weary soul and invite the mind to drift. Include plants such as grasses to catch the wind and add to the soundscape as they swish and sway in the breeze.

SOMEWHERE TO SIT

The best way to make the most of your garden – no matter its size – is to spend time in it! That might seem an obvious thing to state, but without including space for a table and chairs you’re unlikely to linger for long. It doesn’t need to be big – a bistro set takes up minimal room but will encourage you to sit outside and soak up the rays, newspaper and coffee in hand. Surround seating with colour and scent by filling containers with an array of attractive annuals, herbs and decorative-but-delicious vegetables and fruits. Pots can be revamped, moved about and coddled to your heart’s content, so there’s always something to catch the eye and create that sense of intimacy.

Fruit and vegetables can offer a feast for both eye and stomach

the garden, and they look sublime to boot. Take a leaf out of the potager gardens by planting vegetables with attractive leaves: for example Swiss

EDIBLE OPTIONS

And yes, even small gardens have the scope for a taste of the good life. Go for edibles that offer two for one: good looks and unrivalled taste. Feature fruits like espalier-trained apples or a fan-shaped peach can liven up fences or break up areas of

 The gentle trickle of water is a soothing addition to any garden

chard, varieties of red loose-leaf lettuce or crops with filigree leaves like Florence fennel. Vining veg like beans and tomatoes look fantastic grown up tepees made of bamboo canes or rustic hazel poles, offering still more vertical interest while giving up their super-fresh and tasty rewards for your efforts. The quick grow time of vegetables means you can cultivate a constantly evolving tapestry of textures, colours and contrasts. Whatever your plot size, there’s a generous bag of tricks you can employ to defy the dimensions, so your garden can live up to your aspirations.

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Dear Seekers Thank you so much for helping me sell my park home in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Zoe, Gina and Helen were so helpful and Keith came out to assist with sales paperwork which I couldn’t do by myself. I would recommend you to anyone wanting to sell a park home and looking for a professional, specialist estate agent. Rita Linford Highley Park, Shropshire

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Dear Seekers We are writing to express our complete satisfaction with your excellent service. Not only selling our home on Orchard Park in Bristol but also in the purchase of our new home at St Michaels Park in Cinderford, Gloucestershire.

We would also like to thank Seekers for helping us with the government schedule forms which needed to be completed. Lastly, we would also like to add that this all happened during the Covid outbreak, which further impressed us with your service, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Seekers to anyone wishing to sell their park home. Yours sincerely, Donald and Maureen Pearce Orchard Park, Bristol St Michaels Park, Gloucestershire

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I would like to thank you for assistance in arranging the marketing of the property and arranging for the solicitors to help with the sale process. Regards David Charlton Handborough Park, Dorset

Dear Seekers I am pleased to let you know that the sale of my mother’s park home at Handborough Park has now been completed.

A HAPPY SELLER Dear Seekers Just to let you know that I wish to thank you for all the negotiations in the sale of my park home on Crouch Park in Essex and best wishes for the festive season. Sally MacEwan Crouch Park, Essex

RETURNING CUSTOMER

Dear Seekers Thank you for your excellent service in selling my park home on Riverview Park in Essex. I used you previously in 2018 when you sold my first park home. I instructed you again in August and you found a buyer within weeks. I would like to particularly thank Keith for his much valued help with the government schedule forms that needed to be filled out prior to completion of sale. All this was done in the midst of the world pandemic of Covid 19, so I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Seekers to anyone wishing to sell their park home in the future. Yours sincerely, Richard Steadman Riverview Park, Essex

ON THE BALL

Dear PHCS I just wanted to say many thanks for our recent chassis service. I was a little shocked at first when a young lady turned up; rather her than me going under with all those spiders! But what a thorough professional job

Lianne Johnson did for us. She also found a leak for us, which has taken two plumbers over a year... not to find! She’s to be congratulated for her professionalism and on the ball approach. Regards Claire and Clive Arnold Wickham Court, Hampshire

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You could get the double benefit of a warmer home and cheaper energy bills with a Green Homes Grant.

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This scheme is only available to home owners and residential landlords in England, but funding could be available from an alternative scheme if your property is located in either Wales, Scotland or  Northern Ireland. You will be eligible if you live in England and own your own park home on a residential site (including Gypsy and Traveller sites).

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To avoid any unnecessary expenditure it’s vital that you know what improvements the voucher covers and any required criteria. For example, at least one primary measure must be installed (there are ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ measures). Find out if you’re eligible for the Green Homes Grant

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Primary Measures - The following insulation measures are covered by the voucher: n solid wall insulation (internal or external) n cavity wall insulation n under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor) n loft insulation n flat roof insulation n pitched roof insulation n room in roof insulation n insulating a park home The following low carbon heating measures are covered by the voucher: n air source heat pump n ground source heat pump n solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector) n biomass boiler n hybrid heat pump Secondary Measures - By installing at least one of the primary measures, the grant can also be used to help cover the cost of any of these secondary measures, but the amount of money you receive for secondary measures can’t exceed what you get for primary measures. It’s also important to note that the primary measure must be installed and redeemed before you can redeem vouchers for secondary measures. The following window and door measures are covered by the voucher: n draught proofing n double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing) n secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing) n energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002) The following heating control and insulation measures are covered by the voucher: n hot water tank thermostat n hot water tank insulation n heating controls (such as, appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves)

GETTING STARTED

If a warmer home and lower bills sounds inviting you simply need to check your eligibility, find out what improvements would work for your home, find a certified installer(s) and then apply for the voucher. Any work on your home must be completed by a TrustMark-registered installer who is also registered for the scheme and can’t be carried out by you, a member of

A number of heating control measures are included in the grant

your household or your immediate family. You will need to provide a copy of the quote from a registered installer when you apply for the grant. You can use more than one installer to install different measures, but you only need to complete one application form. However, you will need to provide a separate quote for each measure. Take note, however, that vouchers will be valid for three months from the date they are issued or until 31 March 2022 (whichever is earlier). Don’t start the work until a voucher is issued; any work that was started before that date cannot be claimed.

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Head over to the Simple Energy Advice website to find out what energy efficiency or low carbon heating improvements may be best suited to your home. www.simpleenergyadvice.org. uk/energy-efficiency/homeimprovements

On completion your installer must provide you with a number of important pieces of paperwork including a dated copy of an invoice showing the supply and installation cost of your chosen measures (you must have one invoice per measure), any certification for energy efficiency improvement measures and a guarantee document.

HOW TO REDEEM YOUR VOUCHER

Once the work is complete you can redeem your voucher, and to do this you will need to include your voucher number, full cost of the measure and a digital copy of your dated invoice (one per measure). You’ll also need to confirm the work was completed satisfactorily, you have the required certification documents from the installer and that you have paid your share of the costs to the installer (if applicable). The grant will then be paid directly to the installer. You can then sit back and enjoy your warmer, cheaper and greener home... Apply: www.gov.uk/ apply-green-homes-grant *If you, or someone in your household, receive certain benefits you may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000.

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SURFING THE NET There are a huge number of park home resources available to you online.

■ Government Advice and Fact Sheets on Park Homes www.gov.uk/government/ collections/park-homes ■ LEASE - Leasehold Advisory Service (government funded, independent advice for park home residents and residential leaseholders) parkhomes.lease-advice.org ■ Park Homes Law (legal advice provided by a Barrister for the park home and holiday sector in England and Wales) www.parkhomeslaw.com ■ Citizens Advice Consumer Service Reporting to Trading Standards www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/ get-more-help/report-to-trading-standards ■ Citizens Advice Consumer Service Consumer Query  https://ssl.datamotion.com/form.aspx?co =3438&frm=general&to=flare.fromforms ■ Advice Direct Scotland Knowledge Centre consumeradvice.scot/knowledge-centre ■ Action Fraud (Reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) www.actionfraud.police.uk

■ Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman - How to Complain www.lgo.org.uk/make-a-complaint ■ WriteToThem - Email your Councillor, MP, MSP, MS, MLA or London Assembly Member for free  www.writetothem.com ■ Find your MP - MPs and Lords members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP ■ All-Party Parliamentary Group on Park Homes (brings together parliamentarians, park homeowners and industry representatives to discuss issues of common interest) www.parkhome.org.uk/appg ■ IPHAS - Independent Park Home Advisory Service (voluntary organisation offering advice and information to anyone contemplating mobile/park home living or is already living on a residential mobile home park in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) www.iphas.co.uk ■ NAPHR - National Association of Park Home Residents (voluntary organisation giving advice to park home owners) naphr.org

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