Facing eviction, park residents eye legal action

April 12, 2017
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Brantford Expositor

A group of residents about to be kicked out of a trailer park want to take legal action against the owners.

Tenants who own trailers at Crestwood Lake Trailer Park in Cathcart, west of Burford, have approached the Community Legal Clinic Brant Haldimand Norfolk with their concerns.

Clinic legal adviser Ian Aiken has set up a first meeting for April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Brantford and District Labour Centre at 1100 Clarence St. S.

"This could potentially lead to a legal process," said Aiken, adding that he wants to hear from as many affected residents as possible.

The clinic is funded by Legal Aid Ontario.

More than 100 residents who own or rent at Crestwood got a letter from management in March that they can't live in the park year-round. They are being asked to leave the park from Thanksgiving to May 1.

In the letter, management says that the action is prompted by Brant County regulations governing trailer parks.

"In the past, the County of Brant has closed their eyes to extended seasonal campers occupying their sites year-round," the letter from Crestwood Lake states.

"However, the newly updated bylaws now in place do not rely on them continuing to do so."

When asked about the regulations, Heather Boyd, county clerk and manager of council services, sent an email explaining the results of her discussions with staff in the bylaw enforcement and zoning divisions.

"Recreational trailer parks are not established for year-round occupancy due to matters related to proper servicing, infrastructure and emergency access for first responders during winter months," she said.

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