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D-Day for residents in South Links caravan site eviction

D-Day for residents in South Links caravan site eviction

Today is D-Day for a group of long-term residents at an Angus holiday park being threatened with eviction.

The popular park is for holidays only and not year-round residence but a group of 20 static home owners have stayed put with nowhere else to go.

They were given two weeks’ notice by Angus Council to pack up and leave unless they can show that South Links in Montrose is not their primary residence.

Some residents have already moved from the site and found alternative accommodation but others say they have nowhere to go.

Helen Reid was one of the residents who was told she had until April 7 to leave her home at the Montrose holiday park.

She said: “I’ve managed to move to Arbroath but it has proved very costly. It’s very disappointing to be forced to move but I felt I had no other option.

“It’s been very emotional and I’ve been suffering from panic attacks since this happened. I just want to put all this behind me now.”

The council admitted it has been a “challenging and difficult process” but said it is bound by legislation. The operator of South Links Caravan Park went into administration last year and the park passed back to the local authority’s stewardship.

It is understood some residents were so concerned they visited council Access offices to ask if they could be accommodated as homeless when the notices come into force.

The nine-acre grassy site can accommodate around 160 caravans and tents and has earned a four-star rating from the Scottish Tourist Board.

An Angus Council spokesman said: “As a result of the eviction notices recently served, several people have been able to provide proof of permanent residence elsewhere and five caravan owners have since departed the site.

“We are currently working closely and positively with those others affected, with a view to their being able to obtain and produce the legally required evidence about their primary residence.

“South Links is not, nor has it been, a residential site. It is a holiday park. Each case is being treated on an individual basis and according to its circumstances.”

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