The Town Council are aware of the issues concerning the Leisure Village, and Councillor Jayne Chapman, on behalf of the Town Council, has worked tirelessly to try and resolve the issue. To that end please the following email has been received from Sir Bernard Jenkin.
Dear Jayne – the email below is what I am sending to the many people raising this with me at various parks on Mersea Island, Dovercourt, Brightlingsea, and others. I do hope this addresses the situation.
Thank you for contacting me seeking clarity on your staying at a country/holiday park during the pandemic and the impact of the latest lockdown. Please excuse this slightly impersonal response. As you would expect, today I have received quite a few similar emails from concerned residents at similar parks across Harwich and North Essex and I am keen to respond to you all quickly, given time is limited.
At the time of the last lockdown, I advised residents to stay put, even though technically your park home may not be your permanent residence and that is what you did. The Government has confirmed that those who do reside permanently on these sites are able to stay. The Government will be publicising this news more widely tomorrow and are currently in the process of informing the owners of holiday parks. If you are a permanent resident and are facing eviction, please confirm this with me tomorrow and I will ask that the Minister’s office get involved.
For those who may not be permanent residents, but who have stayed at their sites due to being considered vulnerable, or who were there during the last lockdown, I have written to the Chief Executives of Tendring District and Colchester Borough Council raising this issue as I did at the start of the last lockdown. I am advising you to stay put again this time, at least while we sort this situation out. It could not possibly be right for you to relocate to a more risky location. For all intents and purposes, we should deem where you are now to be your permanent residence.
I will keep you informed, along with others affected by this issue. If you have any further problems that require immediate attention in the meantime please do get back to me.