Exmouth councillors hope to solve seafront campervan parking

PUBLISHED: 09:55 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 16 June 2017

Campervans along Queen's Drive, Exmouth.

Campervans along Queen's Drive, Exmouth.

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The long-running question of campervans parking on Exmouth seafront could finally be resolved.

That’s the hope of councillors who this week agreed a new initiative to tackle the problem.

For many years, complaints have been raised about the high number of campervans parking along Queen’s Drive. The Journal reported two weeks ago how the problem has also been reported in residential roads.

Now, Exmouth Town Council has agreed to set up a working party with Devon County Council and East Devon District Council (EDDC), with the aim of finding a solution to the problem once and for all.

Proposing the move at Monday’s town council meeting, Councillor Mark Williamson, who said the campervans had been an issue since he was first elected 10 years ago, said since the Journal’s recent article he had been contacted by dozens of residents wanting to see action taken, including some who had seen waste water dumped in street drains.

Cllr Williamson said: “The number of campervans on Queen’s Drive and residential roads has increased exponentially. Five years ago, we were talking about 20 to 30, now we’re talking about 60 to 70.

“No-one is demonising campervan owners. But this is a long-standing problem and we are elected to solve problems, not to duck them.

“We now have all three councils committed to finding a solution. Improved facilities for campervan parking and a seafront open to normal families driving cars.”

Cllr Williamson said he had also heard from a campervan owner who supported the idea of parking facilities being made available at Maer Road car park – an idea previously considered by EDDC.

Councillor John Humphreys said: “We don’t want to discourage campervans from coming here, but we as a town need designated facilities for these campervans to hook up with toilet facilities and showers, and it’s not on the seafront.”

Councillor Brenda Taylor, formerly a county councillor, backed the working party idea, but raised doubts about whether it would succeed.

She said: “This was brought up in 2007. Suggestions came forward then, but the officers don’t seem to do anything about it, they just make excuse after excuse after excuse.”

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