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Assembly Member to launch mobile homes Bill

October 25, 2012 12:05 AM

The first Private Member's Bill since the National Assembly for Wales gained primary legislative powers will be formally launched on Thursday 25 October.

Peter Black AM will announce the details of the Regulated Mobile Home Sites (Wales) Bill at an event in Llandrindod Wales.

The Bill is intended to modernise the licensing system for park homes across Wales - giving local authorities the resources and powers to award and monitor licenses and to ensure site owners pass a fit and proper persons test.

The Bill is intended to offer more protection to mobile home owners wishing to sell their homes without prior agreement with site owners.

"Throughout the course of researching and gathering opinions on this Bill I have often been disturbed by stories of mobile home owners being harassed, intimidated and exploited by a small minority of site operators," said Peter Black AM.

"Of the 900 responses I received to my survey four out of five were from mobile home owners who were retired and on fixed incomes. More than half were over the age of 70.

"Many of them feel that they do not have the protection of the law or the support of local councils with regards to their rights in disputes with site operators.

"This Bill will put those rights on a firm, statutory footing.

"This is the first Private Members' Bill to be put before the National Assembly for Wales since the people of Wales overwhelmingly voted yes in the referendum on further powers in March last year and I'd like to thank all those involved in helping to form it."

The Regulated Mobile Home Sites (Wales) Bill was drawn at random in a Presiding Officer's ballot in November last year.

It will be formally laid before the National Assembly for Wales on Thursday 25 October before being considered by the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee in Stage One of the legislative process which examines the general principles of the Bill.

Notes to Editors

Peter Black AM will formally launch the Regulated Mobile Home Sites (Wales) Bill at the Hotel Commodore in Llandrindod Wells at 14.00 on Thursday, 25 October.

The event is organised by Consumer Focus Wales which will also be detailing the findings of a new report on mobile homeownership in Wales.

Media are invited to attend the event at which Mr Black and representatives of Consumer Focus Wales will be available for interview.

Also available to interview are mobile home owners who contributed to Mr Black's research for the Regulated Mobile Home Sites (Wales) Bill. Please contact National Assembly Media Relations on 029 2089 8215 for more details.