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Motorhome parking wars continue

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Worthing County Local Committee is the latest local body to threaten motorhomers ability to park up and enjoy the British coastline.

The Greensward at Worthing is a large expanse of grassy area, between Marine Drive and the sea and has been attracting overnight parking from motorhomers. However, this hasn’t gone down well with local councillors. East Preston and Ferring councillor Peter Evans told the Worthing County Local Committee, “The major problem is it’s unsightly and prevents access to other residents who want to drive down and access the beach. We have had the problem that some of the camper vans have parked up and are erecting fences to prevent people walking through their back gardens, setting up nice little coffee tables and chairs and it’s becoming unsightly and putting people off.”

County Local Committee’s are made up of local councillors and interested members of the public. Anyone can attend, but while the CLC does not have the powers to introduce traffic order regulations that can prevent overnight parking by motorhomes, the councillors present can do so through their usual channels.

Roger Oakley, an East Worthing councillor for West Sussex County Council, promised action, saying, “Nobody has a lawful right to park their car on the road unless they have something like a controlled parking zone permit. As soon as you leave your vehicle on a road you can be served with summons. I have already made arrangements to speak to officers. We will address it.”

Meanwhile, there’s some good news from North Yorkshire where overnight parking on Royal Albert Drive in Scarborough has been prohibited for three years. Andy Strangeways, motorhome rights campaigner, met with the Yorkshire Coast and Moors County Area Committee, at Sneaton Castle, Whitby and submitted that the proposed Traffic Regulation Order shouldn’t be allowed because, “between the hours of 23:00 and 07:00 there is no loss of a sea view at Royal Albert Drive, Scarborough as there is a cliff under which vehicles park.” One of the reasons put forward to propose the banning order was that local residents would lose their sea view.

After delivering his full presentation, the meeting was informed that, “Royal Albert Drive – that is one of the roads that has been recognised that we will not seek to impose a Traffic Regulation Order on.” The final decision regarding a permanent traffic regulation order for ‘No Motor Caravans’ will be made shortly.



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