Petition raised over caravan storage row

March 01 2015

CARAVAN owners are pressing for a storage facility on the edge of Yate to remain in use.

CARAVAN owners are pressing for a storage facility on the edge of Yate to remain in use.
South Gloucestershire Council wants stored caravans to be removed from Beech Hill Farm by April.
But families who make use of the site claim there is nowhere else locally for their vehicles.
They said other similar businesses were full and they would have to keep their caravans on residential roads instead, which could cause problems on busy streets.
Planning permission for the storage has twice been refused, despite caravans being kept on site for more than ten years. An enforcement notice is in place and last year the council set the deadline for clearance.
But owners have presented a petition and more than 50 letters of support for the facility to the council.
Dodington parish councillor and caravan owner, Chris Zapata, said the site made use of contaminated land, with up to 70 caravan owners keeping their vehicles there.
He said Deborah Martin, who ran the business, was planning to apply for a certificate of lawfulness that would allow it to continue.
Customer Roy Didcott said: “I have lived in Yate for 70 years. The site stood idle as brownfield land and then Mrs Martin came up with the idea of caravan storage, which we know is in big demand.”
Dodington Parish Paul Hulbert said: “The site provides a valuable service. It does not appear to cause any problems and is a good re-use of a brownfield site. I think this is an exceptional case and I’m supporting our residents’ campaign to retain the facility.”