Caravan park retirement has been 'wrecked'

Published date22 April 2022
Publication titleStirling Observer
Several owners of static caravans on Libby Durant's Beechtree Park estate have left the site, losing tens of thousands of pounds

Residents, who shelled out £85,000 for properties, claim the caravans were supposed to have a mains gas supply and be set on concrete bases.

Instead, their units were freezing cold and sinking into the ground, they claim.

Several owners have given statements to the Daily Record about their dealings with Durant, who has a directorship ban.

The site is managed by Mel Smith and his wife Elaine, who is the sole director of a firm at the centre of a controversial planning application for 40 homes in Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

The £25million plans propose building a housing estate on land surrounding Durant's mansion in the affluent suburb.

Thomas Harkin (69) claims he dealt directly with Durant when he purchased a caravan in November. However, he refused to move in.

Security worker Thomas said he paid £85,000 for the mobile home but believes he is likely to get less than £45,000 for it.

He said: "This has wrecked my retirement. Libby Durant assured me there was mains gas and all he would need to do is contact the gas company.

"He also said the caravan would be set up on a concrete base.

"We shook hands at this point."

Durant has denied saying there would be mains gas and concrete bases - even though...

To continue reading

Request your trial

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT