Site Licensing 2019
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SAY
THE RACE IS ON FOR SITE OWNERS TO OBTAIN NEW LICENCES AFTER THE DEADLINE OF 1 MAY 2019
Many residents on residential park home and lodge sites in Scotland do not realise that their site owners must have a new licence to operate their site by May 2019. This requirement has existed since 2017 with the two-year grace period expiring on 30 April 2019 and yet most site owners have yet to apply. This also applies to mixed holiday and residential sites where residents live permanently as their main or only home.
The licence requirements are stringent with personal and criminal record checks, police and fire authority reports plus checks on the record of running parks; where residents have notified shortcomings or breaches of licence conditions the licensing authority is bound to consider these. Equally and in fairness, praise for a park owner will also be considered.
Well run parks and enlightened owners are welcomed by SCOPHRA and we will work with them to assist their residents. Unfortunately, we mostly hear the bad news; failure to maintain the park, lack of lighting, potholes, excessive charges and just not sticking to the rules. Reports of harassment and intimidation are also regular with some residents actually frightened of park owners. Such incidents MUST be reported to the Police
The licensing legislation is designed to put a stop to unscrupulous or rogue owners and this licensing round will be your last chance to lodge complaints or compliments with your local Council.
If you have issues or complaints about the running of your park, make sure you write immediately to your Council before it is too late, setting out the issues; consider banding with your neighbours to send a joint letter. Involve your local councillors for support and also your MSP. Remember you only have a few weeks left.
If you want help, contact us at SCOPHRA now, using the feedback form (click here) and we will get back to you by return.
DO NOT DELAY!