All residents who reside permanently – and therefore illegally – at the Prinsenmeer holiday park in Ommel are allowed to continue living at the park at least until January. The municipality of Asten, which includes Ommel, then decides when they should still leave the park. Holidaymakers must have left before next Saturday.
Yesterday it was announced that Prinsenmeer must close because the municipality is afraid that owner Peter Gillis is abusing the permits for criminal purposes. Gillis operates a series of holiday parks under the name Oostappen Group. He is also known from the television series Familie Gillis: Massa is Kassa. The day before yesterday, SBS6 broadcast the last episode.
In the Bibob Act states that if there is a high risk that a permit will be misused, for example, the government can refuse an application or revoke the issued permit. In this context, the municipality has conducted research into Gillis’ holiday park in recent months.
The municipality carried out various checks on the park in recent months. All chalets were checked. In response, the municipality distributed a letter to residents of the park on October 3 advising them to look for alternative housing. In any case, no permanent residence is allowed in the park.
‘Nobody has to be left out in the cold’
This morning, angry residents of the holiday park demonstrated at the town hall of Asten against the closure of the park.
During the protest, a councilor who wanted to drive away in his car was also stopped for a while by a group of demonstrators:
The municipality then decided to enter into discussions with a number of residents. They were assured that they did not have to leave the site immediately. “We do expect them to look for new housing, but not all at once,” says a spokesperson for the municipality. “No one has to be left out in the cold.”
It is not yet clear what to do next. “The destination of the site will not change,” the spokesperson said. “We will monitor whether the owner takes responsibility. If it turns out that people are living there after all, Oostappen will hear from us.”
Now the illegal permanent residents have been given a little respite, but this does not apply to holidaymakers. It is not clear how and whether the municipality will enforce this. “We are not going to put a lock on the door or turn off the gas, water or electricity,” the spokesperson said. “People are also allowed to enter and leave the site to grab things. What is not allowed is recreation and spending the weekend there and receiving friends, for example.”
Owner Peter Gillis said in a response to the NOS that he was “severely disappointed” in the municipality of Asten. He says his lawyers are studying the municipality’s decision and are contacting the municipality. He does not yet know whether he will object to the closure of the park. “I have confidence that things will turn out well and that the mayor will act humanely.”
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