Caravan owners’ new land search ‘much harder’ after Edinburgh Council rejects plea

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A community of caravan owners on the King’s Place site are pleading for help, asking for available places to camp. They say they are looking for an alternative site to stay, and even looked into getting an extension to see them through the winter months.

In a statement on their Facebook page, Sfaffo Glaffo, wrote: “Our Portobello beach days are over folks…

“We have been on the search for a new home for a few weeks now, but finding a plot of land for seven caravans seemed to be much harder than you would expect.

“We are fully self-sufficient about dealing with our own waste and providing our own energy and water, but if any of the last two can be offered, we can look into it.”

They claimed all of the private landowners they contacted had refused to house them.

Despite this, Edinburgh City Council said they served a formal notice to the owners of the site in May.

This told them to remove their caravans under powers contained in Section 59 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

This states: “Nothing shall be placed or deposited in a road so as to cause an obstruction except with the roads authority’s consent in writing and in accordance with any reasonable conditions which they think fit to attach to the consent.”

Keeping a caravan in place and causing an obstruction is an offence under Section 59 (2) of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984.

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A spokesperson for Edinburgh City Council told they had been working with the owners to reach a suitable outcome.

They said: “We have been engaging with the owners of private caravans on King’s Place, for a number of years.

“A Sheriff Court hearing was held on August 13. An order for recovery of possession was granted by the Sheriff.

“Our local housing team have been speaking to caravan owners/occupants for several months.

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