Gillis-park Prinsenmeer has no fire safety system: punishment is imminent

Gillis-park Prinsenmeer has no fire safety system: punishment is imminent

Holiday park Prinsenmeer in Asten does not comply with fire safety regulations. This is evident from the report of the fire brigade in the hands of Omrup Brabant. Peter Gillis has until the end of January to improve the situation in his park, or else the municipality will step in.

In September, after a visit by Omroep Brabant, it turned out that the fire safety of one of the mobile homes left something to be desired. Experts warned of, among other things, an open and damaged geyser and a lack of carbon monoxide detectors. The Astin municipality then announced that the fire brigade had indeed conducted an inspection. The report is out now.

The fire brigade, along with the municipality, inspected the park in June. The report shows that “many buildings do not comply with fire safety regulations,” he said.

The chalets are very close to each other
According to the fire brigade, the chalets at Prinsenmeer are too close together. If a fire broke out in one of the chalets, the people in the other chalets would not have enough time to escape safely. Therefore, there must be a distance of not less than three meters between the chalets, or there must be a wall between them, for example.

A random check showed that this was not the case in 140 chalets and playgrounds. Even twelve chalets stood against each other, sometimes the distance was not three meters but less than 50 cm. And that’s not all: “Not all amenities are measured, many are less than three metres,” the report said.

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Broken electrical boxes
The combination of an open (damaged) heater and lack of carbon monoxide detectors somewhat worried experts. The fire service did not mention carbon monoxide detectors in the report, but smoke detectors are advised to be installed. This is required by law in residential properties, but not in vacation homes. In addition, the fire service witnessed electrical boxes that were “significantly damaged”, allowing moisture to enter.

Oostappen Group has until January 31st to resolve issues. Then a new check follows. If things are not going well, the municipality will step in. This can be done by making improvements to the campsite yourself, or by imposing an order subject to the payment of a periodic fine. You must then pay for each day that the fire safety is not in order.

This penalty could then be added to the €500,000 that the municipality already wants from Gillis for the illegal housing of migrant workers in Prinsenmeer.

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