Holiday camp residents claim legal right to live there all year

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.

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RESIDENTS are claiming they have the right to live permanently at a holiday camp because they have flouted the rules for more than a decade.

If the residents of chalet numbers 57 and 58 can prove they have lived permanently at Solent Breezes in Warsash for more than 10 years they are legally allowed to stay. But under the site’s rules they are only allowed to stay in their chalets at weekends between November and February.

Fareham Borough Council has ordered them to leave the site, but the residents, Stephen Amato and his family, and Maureen Joyce, have appealed against the enforcement notices.

At an inquiry Mr Amato said he moved into his chalet in March 2000, more than 10 years before the council served the notices last June. However, the council claims the rules were not broken until that November, making it less than 10 years.

The inspector’s findings will be published at a later date.