Caravan man facing the boot

A BIG Issue seller in Burnham will be forced out of his home this summer. Chamber of Trade member Colin Johnstone, aged 59, will be forced to move out of his caravan on August 11

A BIG Issue seller in Burnham will be forced out of his home this summer. Chamber of Trade member Colin Johnstone, aged 59, will be forced to move out of his caravan on August 11. Sedgemoor District Council has told caravan owner Sylvia Sparkes she will have to apply for planning permission as the caravan is being used as a dwelling. Sylvia said: "I've told Colin I am not going to throw him out. I will appeal against the council and do all I can."The Weston & Somerset Mercury was the first to interview Sylvia when she was ordered to apply for planning permission after the council found that Colin was sleeping in the caravan, which is parked in her front garden in Steart Avenue. The enforcement order, which arrived at the house on March 29, will come into force on May 11. From May, Colin will have three months to move out of the property, unless an appeal is successful. The enforcement order says Sylvia must 'discontinue the use of land for the siting of a caravan for the purpose of human habitation...one of the reasons for this is the use of the caravan for human habitation would severely detract from the amenities of neighbouring properties through undue loss of privacy, noise and disturbance'. Colin said: "I don't want to upset anybody and I really don't make any noise. All I do is sleep there. All I've ever wanted is a nice place to stay.


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