'We wouldn't want to live anywhere else', say residents evacuated from Iford Bridge Home Park

Bournemouth Echo: Iford Bridhe Home Park residents Wendy and Ken Ayres Iford Bridhe Home Park residents Wendy and Ken Ayres

RESIDENTS at evacuated Iford Bridge Home Park yesterday said they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else – despite having to leave their homes twice in as many weeks.

Those living at the site, which was evacuated early on Christmas morning and then again last Thursday, are not likely to be able to move back in the end of the week, with Bournemouth Borough Council extending emergency accommodation for those not with friends and family to Thursday night.

Water levels are due to peak at 8am tomorrow.

Yesterday, the water had receded enough for people to at least get in and collect fresh clothes and other items – the site was the last place in the United Kingdom to be downgraded from a severe flood warning.

But those who have faced disruption say the community spirit of the park made it a great place to live and they would be laughing about it in the summer.

Speaking to the Daily Echo yesterday at Iford Baptist Church, which has been used as an emergency centre during the floods, resident Brenda Swain said: “It’s a lovely community to live in because everybody is so supportive of everybody else.

“If we won the lottery we’ve all said we wouldn’t move – not because of the view, but because of the community.”

Ken Ayres, who manages the site with wife Wendy, added: “The church has been a wonderful meeting place for people.

“We can’t protect this site, but we’re looking into grants for people to raise their homes.”

Wendy said the water levels were staying high because water from the Avon was affecting the Stour.

“It’s gone down enough for people have been able to get clean clothes and so on,” she said.

“The church has been absolutely wonderful. It’s been manned by residents all of the time, they’ve slept here,” she added.

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9:42am Wed 8 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

RESIDENTS at evacuated Iford Bridge Home Park yesterday said they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else – despite having to leave their homes twice in as many weeks. .
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Then I would suggest they need serious medical help, If it were me and I could secure funds I would be out of there quicker than a rat up a drainpipe.
RESIDENTS at evacuated Iford Bridge Home Park yesterday said they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else – despite having to leave their homes twice in as many weeks. . . Then I would suggest they need serious medical help, If it were me and I could secure funds I would be out of there quicker than a rat up a drainpipe. Hessenford
  • Score: 11

10:33am Wed 8 Jan 14

bosco1 says...

Then lets hope the residents let the local MP who was up in arms about the way the residents have been treated now know they are all happy.!! The other day the managers were in the echo both looking sad, now its a different picture.!Smiles on both faces.!
Then lets hope the residents let the local MP who was up in arms about the way the residents have been treated now know they are all happy.!! The other day the managers were in the echo both looking sad, now its a different picture.!Smiles on both faces.! bosco1
  • Score: 8

10:43am Wed 8 Jan 14

BournemouthMum says...

They must be mad. Nothing wrong with mobile homes per se - some of them are beautiful - but actually wanting to live in a place that's continually at risk of flooding is lunacy. As Hessenford says (above) they need medical help!
They must be mad. Nothing wrong with mobile homes per se - some of them are beautiful - but actually wanting to live in a place that's continually at risk of flooding is lunacy. As Hessenford says (above) they need medical help! BournemouthMum
  • Score: 7

11:04am Wed 8 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

OK, so be it. You take the risks willingly with an open mind. Just don't expect reasonable insurance cover, or for the rest of the 'community' to come running to your aid in future. Enjoy laughing about it all in summer.
OK, so be it. You take the risks willingly with an open mind. Just don't expect reasonable insurance cover, or for the rest of the 'community' to come running to your aid in future. Enjoy laughing about it all in summer. Old Colonial
  • Score: 7

12:24pm Wed 8 Jan 14

beachcomber1 says...

didn't these people whinge about the lack of flood defences recently, and expect the rest of us to stump up millions to build them?
didn't these people whinge about the lack of flood defences recently, and expect the rest of us to stump up millions to build them? beachcomber1
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

If they want to live there that's their choice but perhaps they should also be asked to cover the cost of rescuing them and of providing temporary accommodation next time the place floods. As the saying goes - you can't protect people from their own stupidity.
If they want to live there that's their choice but perhaps they should also be asked to cover the cost of rescuing them and of providing temporary accommodation next time the place floods. As the saying goes - you can't protect people from their own stupidity. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 5

1:27pm Wed 8 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Was this ever designated as a full time park? Due to its location I doubt it, however I'm will to change my mind if found I'm wrong.
Was this ever designated as a full time park? Due to its location I doubt it, however I'm will to change my mind if found I'm wrong. skydriver
  • Score: 3

2:06pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

skydriver wrote:
Was this ever designated as a full time park? Due to its location I doubt it, however I'm will to change my mind if found I'm wrong.
It was a holiday caravan site back in the 1960s and it flooded then, that was before the flood defences were built back in the 80s.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: Was this ever designated as a full time park? Due to its location I doubt it, however I'm will to change my mind if found I'm wrong.[/p][/quote]It was a holiday caravan site back in the 1960s and it flooded then, that was before the flood defences were built back in the 80s. Hessenford
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Huey says...

These homes should be moved elsewhere regardless of the wishes of the residents and the caravan park can then become a flood plain.
These homes should be moved elsewhere regardless of the wishes of the residents and the caravan park can then become a flood plain. Huey
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