Beechwood Park residents speak out over hike in fees

From left: Ashley Rivett, Percy Booker and Rob Player are angry at fee increases
From left: Ashley Rivett, Percy Booker and Rob Player are angry at fee increases
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ANGRY park home residents have complained about soaring fees at their Aldingbourne site.

They say the increasing charges have doubled the service charge for living at Beechwood Park in a year.

The amount they are due to pay from November will be an annual £449.97 against £237 last year.

The fees also cover water and sewage, park lighting and general maintenance. A pitch fee is also payable at £188 a month. Any increase in that is limited by law to the RPI measure of inflation.

Ashley Rivett, the chairman of the Beechwood Park Residents’ Association, said: “A lot of people on the site are pensioners. All they have got to live on is their pension. They can’t afford to pay these increased charges.”

Residents’ association treasurer Rob Player said: “We have got no beef about the water and sewage charges and the street lighting. It’s the maintenance and management fees we object to. If you look at government legislation, the pitch fee includes the park maintenance. It’s there in black and white.”

Beechwood Park on Hook Lane has 33 homes of which 19 belong to the association. All occupants are 50-plus.

Mr Rivett said the residents’ only option was to take the site owner, Silk Tree Properties, and its manager, KTS Estate Management, to a tribunal. “We didn’t employ KTS and, therefore, we should not be paying them,” he said.

Estates manager Kathy Wilson, of KTS Estate Management, said: “We can advise that all residents are provided with copies of invoices to support the maintenance costs and that, last year, a tribunal case resolved that management and maintenance charges were recoverable separately and not as part of any pitch fee,” she said.

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