Code of Conduct

This is a code of conduct for The Wild Members Association (“the association”).

This code of conduct governs members’ use of any certified sites. Members who access or use the certified sites have agreed to comply with this code of conduct, as part of the terms and conditions of booking.

General

1 All members are responsible for ensuring that they, and any other persons in their party, comply with this code of conduct when staying at a certified site. If there are several members staying at a site, the member who has made the booking will be the “responsible person”, and will be responsible for ensuring compliance with this code of conduct.

2 The association will ensure that all members are aware of The Countryside Code, The Caravan Code and The Seashore Code.

The Venue

3 The association will take reasonable steps to satisfy themselves that the site to be used is not subject to a relevant order under paragraph 13 of the First Schedule to the 1960 Act (for caravans), or an Article 4 direction under Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (for caravans and camping), and that it is not one where planning permission has been refused or where enforcement action has been taken.

4 The association will consult the local authority before using land adjacent to sites for which planning permission has been granted (i.e. next to permanent or commercial sites).

5 The association will agree to move from and avoid any site to which the local authority maintains a valid objection.

6 The association will take reasonable steps to ensure that the siting of units (a caravan or motor home) does not unduly interfere with the activities of local people, their privacy or their enjoyment of their property. They will also ensure that the siting of units does not interfere with the enjoyment by others of the landscape, natural beauty or nature conservation value of the area, particularly in areas designated for their landscape or wildlife qualities.

7 The association will undertake not to over-use any site by taking due regard of the ecosystem.

8 The association will inspect proposed sites to ensure they are suitable, and inspect certified sites from time to time to ensure that the terms of the certificate are being observed.

Nuisance

9 Local people should be able to carry on their normal activities when members are using a certified site. The association will take reasonable steps to minimise disturbance and will investigate and deal with the causes of any complaints made.

10 Care should be taken not to damage the site, the local heritage or the surrounding environment. Trees, fences, buildings, equipment, stock and wildlife should all be respected. Access to land beyond the site is at the site owner’s discretion, and care should be taken not to damage crops or grassland being used for hay/silage.

11 Pets belonging to members will be kept on a lead or under close control. They will not be allowed to run loose on the site or cause disturbance to local people or animals. Any mess will be cleared up.

12 The playing of games should only be undertaken in open space, where they will not intrude upon or constitute a danger or annoyance to others on or around the site.

13 Noise should be kept to a minimum for the comfort of others on the site as well as local people.

14 Disturbance to local wildlife should be kept to a minimum for the preservation of the local ecosystem.

Road Safety and Access

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

16 Members will not bock access to other parts of the farm at any time. The site owner and emergency vehicles must be able to gain access to the farm at any time.

Spacing and Density

17 For health and safety purposes emergency vehicles must be able to gain access to any unit on the site. Members are expected to only have one unit on site at any one time. In the event that there are more units (up to five), units should be well spaced and sited so they do not restrict access to, or exit from, any other unit or the site in general. At least six metres should be required between units in all circumstances. For this purpose a unit means a caravan, motor home, or campervan. In addition, there must be a minimum of three metres between any awnings, gazebo’s or pup tent and any cars. Emergency vehicles should be able to secure access at all times to within 90 metres of any unit on the site.

18 No more than five units will be allowed to stay on any certified site at any one time.

Fire Precautions

19 Open fires and barbecues will not be held except with the permission of the responsible person and site owner. Where permission is given for open fires or barbecues, they will be sited on open ground, away from units, vehicles, awnings, woodland, farm buildings, and any other structures.

20 A fire extinguisher approved to British Standards Institute and/or Fire Officers Certificate standards will be held by the site owner.

Chemical Toilets and Waste Water Disposal

21 Members will act responsibly when disposing of the contents of chemical toilets and waste water and take full account of the need to safeguard water supplies and prevent the pollution of rivers and streams.

22 On-site disposal of the contents of chemical toilets and waste water will be in accordance with arrangements agreed with the site owner. Neither will be allowed to foul the ground except at designated disposal points. If there is any doubt about the disposal of waste, the association will contact the relevant Local Authority for advice.

Refuse disposal

23 Members should ensure that refuse is either taken home or disposed of in accordance with on-site arrangements.

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