Kempsey Common couple endure daily mudbath to reach home

Worcester News: SODDEN: Nigel and Janice Jarvis on the muddy land they have to cross to reach their mobile home near Kempsey Common. SODDEN: Nigel and Janice Jarvis on the muddy land they have to cross to reach their mobile home near Kempsey Common.

A COUPLE who live on a countryside caravan park say they have to wade through a field of deep mud to reach their home.

Nigel and Janice Jarvis have to haul shopping through the mud, which is knee-deep in parts, and fear that the emergency services would be unable to reach them in an emergency.

The couple, who are both in their early 60s, have lived at the park off Kempsey Common, near Worcester, for about eight years but the field has become almost impassable because the continual wet weather in the past year has turned much of it into a quagmire.

They are the only permanent residents at the park as the rest are used as holiday homes.

Now they are calling for a hardstanding track to be laid down to access the site.

Mr Jarvis said they have contacted the owner of the caravan park, David Harrison, and Malvern Hills District Council for clarification on the ownership of the field but no solution has been reached.

“Looking from their (the owner’s) side, I can’t think why you could not allow a road across there,” he said.

“Every other property around the common has got a road going to it across common land.”

He said the hardstanding would be “really quite cheap and quick to put down” and could be completed in a day.

The retired couple, who estimate they have paid more than £19,000 in rent during their time at the park, also have concerns about power cables running along the ground, the cesspit, an open well and the handling of utility bills.

Mrs Jarvis said: “Every-body is happy that it’s in the country and out of the way, that’s part of its charm.

“But there’s a difference between charm and danger.”

Mr Harrison, who is one of the Malvern Hills district councillors for Kempsey, would not comment on the matter other than to say he does not own the field.

In 2009 wooden posts were put up by Kempsey Parish Council in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour caused by people driving and parking on the common.

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2:02pm Thu 28 Feb 13

DanMacc says...

If only they could leave and move somewhere else! Oh, wait, they can.
If only they could leave and move somewhere else! Oh, wait, they can. DanMacc
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2:31pm Thu 28 Feb 13

truth must out says...

What do you expect if you live in a field in winter.....5 star service???
What do you expect if you live in a field in winter.....5 star service??? truth must out
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2:33pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Hwicce says...

They could by some wellies.
They could by some wellies. Hwicce
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3:04pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

Some people go camping on holiday to live in those sorts of conditions willingly - what's their problem?
Some people go camping on holiday to live in those sorts of conditions willingly - what's their problem? Arthur Blenkinsop
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4:30pm Thu 28 Feb 13

gmoore1207 says...

thats a muddy shame
thats a muddy shame gmoore1207
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5:26pm Thu 28 Feb 13

nobby7 says...

now the couple have dished the dirt maybe the owner will stop being such a stick in the mud.
now the couple have dished the dirt maybe the owner will stop being such a stick in the mud. nobby7
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10:53pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Respectable says...

Oh lord. Another glum faced picture and daft none news storey. Why won't the editor listen ?
Oh lord. Another glum faced picture and daft none news storey. Why won't the editor listen ? Respectable
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8:35am Fri 1 Mar 13

Landy44 says...

REALLY? This just sounds like someone else who wants something handed to them for nothing.

They chose to live there and can therefore either move, or if they want improvements, they need to take responsibility for providing those improvements to the extent they are able due to land ownership, etc.

The attitude of some people really beggars belief - does no one take personal responsibility any more?
REALLY? This just sounds like someone else who wants something handed to them for nothing. They chose to live there and can therefore either move, or if they want improvements, they need to take responsibility for providing those improvements to the extent they are able due to land ownership, etc. The attitude of some people really beggars belief - does no one take personal responsibility any more? Landy44
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3:34pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Windy Miller says...

Vehicles are illegal on this Common grass land .they have churned up the turf with their illegal entry and should pay for restoration.
Vehicles are illegal on this Common grass land .they have churned up the turf with their illegal entry and should pay for restoration. Windy Miller
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7:08am Sat 2 Mar 13

TDH123 says...

Unbelievable! If you don't like living in a field get a house!!
Unbelievable! If you don't like living in a field get a house!! TDH123
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