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Exeter park owners fined £10,000

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: July 17, 2009

The Ringswell Park residential park

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THE family that owns a residential park in the city have been fined and ordered to pay costs amounting to almost £10,000.
Elderly residents of Ringswell Park, near the Middlemoor roundabout, have welcomed the penalties imposed on the Small family.
And following the case at Exeter Magistrates Court, a solicitor revealed she will be recommending the city council revoke the park’s licence under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act.
Magistrates dealt with the case in the absence of Jeffery Small, 57, his wife Barbara and their son, Jeffery, 36, and no plea was entered.
Court summonses were served at  the family’s home at Midelney Place, Curry Rivel, near Langport in Somerset, but returned to the city council claiming it was not their address.
The case was adjourned from June 29 when the Smalls were again absent from court to answer counts of failing to comply with a condition of a caravan site licence, failing to comply with requirements of a notice served by the council and failing to carry out works required.
Elaine Kale, representing the city council, said the Smalls had not repaired a blocked sewer pipe which caused flooding at Ringswell Park, despite requests by the city council.
Signage which should have included details like a site plan, contact information of the owners or what to do in an emergency, was also absent.
Miss Kale said during a visit to the Smalls a council officer was told they were out for two hours.
She said park residents complained about the  sewer to the council and checks with cameras revealed they were blocked.
“The sewer pipe was still holding water and solids and no work carried out,” she said. “It has still not been carried out.”
Small senior and junior were fined £1,200 on each of three summonses. The mother was fined £800 apiece on the same number of summonses.
Each was also ordered to pay £109.58 in costs.
Magistrates’ chairman David Youngs said Mrs Small faced lesser fines due to her previous good character.
Miss Kale said: “I will be recommending to the city council their licence for Ringswell be revoked.”
Some residents of the park have welcomed the fines and said their residents’ association had constantly asked the owners to carry out work.
After the case one resident, who asked not to be named, said: “We are all overjoyed with the outcome of the court case.
“If maintenance work is carried out here then a lot of people would be made very happy.

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    Helen, Exeter  |  July 18 2009, 9:01AM

    Bill Surely the residents can claim gypsy status!! since they are in mobile homes anyway.

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    Bill, EXETER  |  July 18 2009, 8:10AM

    Hey,that's a good idea --Revoke their license!! OH! We now have lots of Local homeless people,with no planning permissions for Residential living, who're at the bottom of any lists for housing etc, dont forget, under European law, we have to give immigrants priority. Never mind, Its typical un-joined Council thinking.Where will our homeless residents end-up?