Capital trip for campaigners

Ken and Sue Dawson of the Elmtree Community Action Group in London with MP Iain Wright.
Ken and Sue Dawson of the Elmtree Community Action Group in London with MP Iain Wright.

CAMPAIGNERS from a Hartlepool residential park group took their protest to London in a bid to change a mobile home law.

The Elmtree Community Action Group – which is made up of residents from Elmtree Park for mobile homes, off Queen Street, in Seaton Carew – is backing the National Park Home Residents Justice Campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to change what has been described as an “unjust” law which allows the owners of mobile home sites to take a 10 per cent cut of the sale price of properties, and also every time it is sold thereafter.

They took the campaign to the Houses of Parliament, accompanied by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright and a 200,000-strong petition, to put forward their arguments for overturning the law.

Vice chairman of the action group, Ken Dawson, 75, said: “There was over 400 people there from different park homes around the UK and we do hope it made a difference.

“The 10 per cent the park owners are allowed to take on the sale of every home is just not fair.

“We don’t think we’ll get the figure down to zero per cent but we do hope there will be some reduction because it’s just absurd.

“We want the law to change.”

Representatives of the groups attended a two-hour meeting with MPs and Lords, and Ken and his wife Sue, 68 – who are parents to four grown-up children and grandparents to 14 – voiced their views.

They say they were backed and “considerably supported” by Mr Wright.

“Sue and I did our best to represent the action group,” said Ken. “We only hope that all residents will eventually benefit.

“It is clear that we have much support in the Houses of Parliament and the campaign will continue to force a debate.”