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Yorkshire council suspends overnight parking for motorhomes

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Yorkshire council suspends overnight parking for motorhomes

Motorhomers will no longer be allowed to use the Cleveland Way car park in Helmsley for overnight stops in their vehicles after a number of safety issues were raised.

MMM readers have often lauded this car park for the overnighting allowances. However, after antisocial behaviour, Ryedale District Council have decided to suspend the provision pending a review. The new rules take effect from 30 July, 2022.

There were already a number of measures implemented following the summer 2021 season, when the council received a number of complaints about the amounts of motorhomes using the car park, the proximity to each other, issues with fires and bbqs and the emptying of waste. The council added automatic locking doors on the public toilets and marked out safe parking distances as well as clearly stipulating the maximum number of vehicles allowed and safety guidelines. Additional security staff were in place on busy weekend and bank holidays to patrol the car park and redirect motorhomes from parking in coach bays.

Phillip Spurr, Director of Place and Resources, Ryedale District Council, says,

 

We are still finding that a small number of people who are using the car park for overnight stays are not complying with the rules. We even had reports of visitors camping in tents in the green space surrounding the car park. The issues raised to us are dangerous and hazardous and it is our responsibility to tackle them. They impact on the health and safety of visitors and our citizens, so that’s why we’re stopping the use of the car park for overnight sleeping to allow a full review to take place.

We have done what we can to resolve the situation and appreciate that it is probably the behaviour of a minority of users causing these issues; however, we feel that the risks presented by this behaviour are too great. While the suspension is underway, we would like to reassure motorhome and campervan drivers that they are welcome to park at the rear of the car park or in the central section of the car park during the day.

Temporary signs will be warning people of the suspension of the overnight parking provisions, and from 30 July, patrols will be in operation in the evenings to enforce the new rules. The car park is split into three sections; the front section is designated for cars only, the central area contains coach bays and both standard and larger-sized parking bays, and the rear section is made up of standard-sized car parking bays where overnight motorhome parking was permitted. Barriers will be put up to prevent access to the central and rear sections overnight (6.30pm to 6.30am), while a height restriction barrier will be in place at the front cars-only section.

The council reiterated that motorhomes and campervans will still be able to use the car park during the day, and there are a selection of wider and longer spaces for easier parking.

A full review of alternatives will take place and will explore the safety concerns as well as improved ways of managing this provision. While there is currently no timetable for this, we have asked Ryedale District Council to keep us informed.


 

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