The Park Home Owners’ Justice Campaign staged a rally on parliament in September…
The nation’s biggest park home campaign group descended upon Westminster to protest about the ten per cent commission charge on home sales in September.
The Park Home Owners’ Justice Campaign (PHOJC) and its supporters thronged to Downing Street with banners and placards in hand, before attending a meeting about the ’10 per cent question’ on 18 September.
Park home residents from all over the UK travelled to central London for the event. Television crews from both ITV and BBC filmed the rallying residents, while Sebastian O’Kelly, CEO of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, whipped up the crowds while also acting as official photographer. The PHOJC’s president Sir Peter Bottomley MP (pictured), also joined residents before leading the presentation party into Downing Street. Accompanied by Sir Peter, the PHOJC then delivered a 4ft envelope to Number 10’s famous black door. It contained the PHOJC report, written by member David Iles, that will challenge the anomalies in the Impact Statement previously submitted to parliament by the Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield Hallam about the possible consequences of the abolition or reduction of the commission charge.
THe BH&HPA, which represents members of the trade including residential park site owners, issued a statement following the rally.
It stressed that: ‘If site owners’ businesses are not viable, they will have to look for other ways to make their money and this could mean putting up the pitch fees.’
However, it should be noted that, by law, pitch fees rise annually in line with the relevant CPI figure in a park home owner’s written agreement. It would take a new law to change that.
For more information about the PHOJC, please visit: www.phojc.co.uk