Caravan site owners fined for conditions

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A caravan site was allowed to fall into such disrepair its owners were taken to court.

Starglade Park Developments Ltd which operates the Vines site at Warton, Preston must pay £1,646 in fines and costs after the company admitted seven offences under the Caravan Sites Control and Development Act brought by Fylde Council.

The firm blamed costs of £30,000 they ran up during a court battle with site neighbours BAe Systems over the rundown state of the park.

Blackpool Magistrates heard Starglade’s legal bill reached £30,000 after they clashed with BAe over the question of land borders.

Clare Holmes, prosecuting, said local authority staff visited the site, at the end of the main BAe runway, after complaints from residents.

Officers tried to speak to the site warden but there wasn’t one. They noted long grass which was a fire hazard and there was no copy available of the licence, the site’s electrical certificate or information for residents about what to do in case of an emergency.

Roads on site were in a poor condition and the name of the site was not displayed.

Company director of Starglade Royston Cooper who lives in Brighton, Sussex attended the hearing but did not give evidence.

Magistrates were told that in 2007 the firm had been prosecuted for site contraventions. That had been at a time when Mr Copper was a director but also an employee of the firm.

He now accepted he was the “main player” in Starglade and had his mind taken off the state of the site because of the long running legal battle.

Magistrates heard improvements have now been made.