Council ?unable to fix problems? at van park
LIKE a dark and menacing shadow, issues relating to caravan parks on the Tweed continued to stalk the Tweed Shire Council yesterday.
Three van park residents gave evidence at the inquiry into council on controversial regulations that restrict residents of the parks from moving easily.
Banora Point caravan park resident Len Hogg spoke of the struggles and stresses on the elderly and infirm people who continue to call the notorious park home.
"It is virtually untenable. There is a struggle to keep the lights on at night, to have the potholes fixed up," he said.
"It is a struggle to get bins emptied more than once or twice a month.
"And despite complaints to council they seem to be powerless to enforce the local government regulations in any shape or form.
"Council have an obligation that the rules and regulations are enforced, there is a means of enforcement."
Mr Hogg told the inquiry that council inaction and the owner's actual actions had devastated the community within the park.
"The social impact has been hor- rendous," he said.
Many wheelchair-bound or terminally ill residents feared they would have to move, but had troubles finding another van park and could not afford to enter the rental market.
Chinderah's Royal Pacific caravan park owner Bob Caine later spoke about frustrations in accepting and replacing vans nine feet wide and his inability to upgrade his park because it has been declared flood prone.
Executive member of the Residential Parks Association John Devonshire then provided an officials point of view on regulations pertaining to van parks.