Changes coming for Brook Valley Holiday Park residents

Council is proposing changes to accommodation at Brook Valley Holiday Park that will include ensuring homes are connected to a drinking water supply and wastewater drainage, and removal of unlawful wood burners. Photo: NCC

Molly Swift

Nelson City Council has met with long-term occupants at the Brook Valley Holiday Park to discuss changes needed to ensure they are living in "healthy and safe" accommodation.

Council says improvements are needed to make sure the accommodation is compliant with the Camping Grounds Regulations, Nelson Resource Management Plan, and the Building Act.

Chair of the strategic development and property subcommittee, Gaile Noonan, says the work is vital to ensure people living at the campsite have "safe and healthy accommodation".

The main changes will include ensuring homes are connected to a drinking water supply and wastewater drainage, and removal of unlawful wood burners. Residents staying in tents and tepees must also meet the campground regulations of a maximum stay of 50 days.

The council and Ministry of Social Development are offering advice and financial support for those that need to seek alternative heating, as well as options for people living in tents and tepees who wish to continue living at the Brook long-term.  

"Last year’s inventory alerted us to some issues that pose a risk to the health and safety of occupants,” says group manager community services Andrew White.

The council says work to meet these requirements must be completed by April 2022, but wood burners will need to be removed or ceased straight away.

Structures that are not safe and healthy or cannot meet the level of compliance will have to be improved or removed, council says.

If required, the council says it will work alongside a range of other agencies with expertise in assisting people in finding alternative places to live.