Campervan parking on Exmouth seafront set to be restricted

PUBLISHED: 10:14 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 11 August 2017

Camper vans along Queen's Drive, Exmouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 8646-31-12AW

Camper vans along Queen's Drive, Exmouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 8646-31-12AW

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Campervans should be partly banned from Exmouth seafront, but given dedicated facilities elsewhere to encourage them to keep visiting the town.

The Queen's Drive Echelon parking area - one of the locations where Exmouth Town Council is proposing campervans be allowed to park overnight, in return for restrictions elsewhere. The Queen's Drive Echelon parking area - one of the locations where Exmouth Town Council is proposing campervans be allowed to park overnight, in return for restrictions elsewhere.

That is the verdict of an Exmouth Town Council working group set up to discuss the issue, following complaints about scores of campervans blocking up parking spaces on Queen’s Drive.

Proposals by the working group, which worked with district and county councillors and officers, were backed by the town council on Monday, and will now go forward to East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Devon County Council (DCC).

Under the proposals, campervans would be banned from parking at any time on the south side of Queen’s Drive by the Maer, and between 8pm and 8am on Queen’s Drive between the lifeboat station and Orcombe Point, and on Maer Road and Imperial Road.

In return, up to 100 campervan parking bays, for stays of up to three nights, would be offered around the town, including up to 30 on the Queen’s Drive echelon parking area to the north of the road by the Maer, up to 30 in the Estuary coach and lorry park, up to 20 in the Imperial Recreation Ground car park, and up to 20 in the Maer Road car park.

These bays would come with electricity supplies, drinking water, waste and sewage water disposal, and refuse and recycling facilities.

Councillor Mark Williamson said: “This authority is not seeking to ban campervans from Exmouth. What we are trying to do is provide more appropriate campervan facilities so campervans can come without crowding out ordinary motorcars.”

Cllr Bill Nash added: “Motor caravans are parked [near Orcombe Point] for hours, days, weeks, it seems. This will stop people parking there overnight, and staying day after day.”

Cllr Williamson added that Maer Road and Imperial Road had been included as they were seen as particular trouble spots for campervans on residential streets, but further streets could be included later if this was needed. He also said EDDC could consider offering season tickets to campervan owners from Exmouth without parking facilities at home.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Nash said, if the district and county councils agreed to go ahead with the plan, it could be in place by spring 2018. It would subsequently be subject to review.

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