Code of conduct for Motorhome List Meetings

Introduction

1) One named person, who is a member of the MH List, is to be responsible for the conduct of each meeting and for ensuring that members attending the meeting comply with this Code. Meetings are only open to current members (who may be accompanied by immediate family, as indicated in the Constitution) and the responsible person must check the identities of people attending the meetings against an up to date copy of the membership list, available from the List Owner.

Venue

2) The responsible person should take reasonable steps to satisfy himself or herself that the site proposed for a meeting is not one which is the subject of an order under paragraph 13 of Schedule 1, or an Article 4 direction, nor one for which planning permission has been refused or where enforcement action has been taken. The responsible person should also seek the agreement of the local authority before meeting on sites adjacent to sites for which planning permission has been granted.

3) The MH List should not meet on sites adjacent to certificated locations/sites, unless the proposed site is clearly differentiated and the risk of interference with local people and other users is minimal. Agreement must be sought from the local authority before meeting on on land adjacent to sites for which planning permission has been granted.

4) The responsible person should take care that the siting of motorhomes does not unduly interfere with the activities of local people, their privacy or their enjoyment of their property. They should also take care that the siting of motorhomes does not interfere with the enjoyment by others of the landscape or natural beauty of an area; and the nature conservation value of areas. This is especially important in areas designated for their qualities of landscape or wildlife.

5) The MH List should avoid the over-use of any venue and consider carefully before holding successive meetings at the same venue.

Nuisance

6) Local people should be able to carry on their normal activities when meetings are in progress and disturbance to them should be minimised. Complaints should be treated seriously and steps taken to investigate and deal with the causes of complaints.

7) Care should be taken not to damage the site or surrounding locality. Trees, fences, buildings, equipment and stock should be respected.

8) Domestic animals belonging to members of the organisation should be kept on a lead, under close control. They should not be allowed to run loose on the site or cause disturbance to local people or animals. They should be exercised away from caravans and parts of the site used for communal activities and any mess must be picked up.

9) The responsible person should identity open space suitable for games which might otherwise intrude on or constitute a danger or annoyance to motorhomers or others on or around the site.

10) Noise should be kept to a minimum for the comfort of other motorcaravanners on the site as well as people who live or work nearby. Generators may only be used by permission of the responsible person. Gererators (internal or external) must not be used between the hours of 10:00pm and 8:00am. Vehicle engines must also not be run between 10:00pm and 8:00am except for the purpose of entering or leaving the site.

Road safety and access

11) The responsible person should take steps to ensure that travel from major roads to a proposed site is not likely to cause undue disruption to or difficulties for local people and other road users. He should also ensure that access to the proposed site is suitable for the number and likely size of units attending the meeting. The arrival and departure of motorhomes should be arranged to minimise disruption to local people and other road users.

12) The speed of vehicles on the site should be restricted to 5 mph.

Spacing and density

13) Units should be well-spaced. Units should be sited so that they do not restrict access to or exit from the unit or the area in case of emergencies. A minimum distance of 3 metres must be maintained between units. Emergency vehicles should be able to secure access to each unit on the site.

Fire precautions

14) Open fires and barbecues should not be held except with the permission of the responsible person. Where permission is given for open fires or barbecues, they should be sited in open ground, away from vans, vehicles, awnings and any other structures.

15) Motorhomes should carry a fire extinguisher approved to British Standards Institute and/or Fire Officers Certificate standards.

Chemical toilets, waste water disposal

16) MH List members should act responsibly with respect to the disposal of the contents of chemical toilets and waste water disposal and take full account of the need to safeguard water supplies and prevent the pollution of rivers and streams.

17) On-site disposal of the contents of chemical toilets and waste water should be in accordance with arrangements agreed with the site owner or manager. Neither should be allowed to foul the ground except at designated disposal points.

Refuse disposal

18) MH List members should ensure that refuse is either taken home or disposed of in accordance with on-site arrangements. The responsible person should be satisfied that appropriate arrangements are in place.

19) The responsible Person should ensure that the site is clear of litter after the meeting.

Other information

20) The responsible person should also be aware of the terms of the Caravan Code, the Country Code and the Coastal Code.

First drafted by Andy Clarke 29/5/2002
Minor revisions 22/11/2002
Minor revisions 11/4/07 to comply with current legislation