Caravan couple living on mum's drive

PUBLISHED: 07:43 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

Stacey Pincombe and Mark Chivers with their eight week old baby.

Stacey Pincombe and Mark Chivers with their eight week old baby.

NEW mum Stacey Pincombe and her partner, Mark Chivers, are living in a caravan on her mum's drive because of a lack of affordable housing in Honiton.

NEW mum Stacey Pincombe and her partner, Mark Chivers, are living in a caravan on her mum's drive - because of a lack of affordable housing in Honiton.Stacey, 23, Mark, 25, and their eight-week-old daughter, Megan, are eking out an existence in a tiny mobile home, in Streamers Meadows.The caravan has no heating, gas or electric and the couple say they fear they are a burden on Stacey's mum, Yvonne Chard.School cleaner Stacey and car dealership worker Mark have to use Mrs Chard's home every time they want a wash or need to use the toilet."A couple of nights ago, Megan had to go in the house with mum because there was ice inside the caravan windows and on the ceiling," said Stacey."We can't afford the cost of a private rent in Honiton. "Our wages are not enough to cover the cost, and we've been on the council waiting list for ages."When the couple first lived together three years ago, their 'home' was a tent at the top of Mrs Chard's garden."We went to the council for housing, but were told we weren't a priority," said Stacey."It was cold and horrible in the tent and, eventually, it blew away."That's when we bought the caravan. My mum wants it gone from her drive by Christmas. She's got three children still living at home and simply does not have the room for us."Stacey and Mark are appealing for an affordable home in Honiton.They say nobody from East Devon District Council has been to see them in the caravan. They want to show officials how they are living.When the Herald visited the couple in the caravan last week, there was standing room for one person only. The rest of the space is taken up by a bed and baby equipment. The loo, which doesn't work, is being used as a store.A cable is being run from Mrs Chard's home to the caravan - to provide the young family with lighting.Lack of electricity means they have no television or means to cook.Stacey and Mark are worried about the prospect of a cold winter in the caravan with their baby.A spokesperson for East Devon District Council said: "We have recently received an approach from this couple and we will be talking to them in due course. "They have been on our housing register since July 2006. With a great number of people requiring housing in East Devon, demand greatly outstrips supply. "This couple are not yet at the front of the queue for accommodation. "However, we will be talking to them about alternative housing options.


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