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Seafront campervan parking row

09:22 10 August 2012

Camper vans along Queen

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

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Campervan drivers who park along Exmouth seafront could be encouraged to switch to nearby car parks under plans being considered by district council chiefs.

The move comes after repeated complaints from beach users, who say that rows of parked vans along Queens Drive are an eyesore, and restrict parking for visitors in cars.

Journal reader Ian Huxtable wrote in to say: “I think Exmouth must have the cheapest caravan site in Great Britain for these campers to arrive year after year.

“Walking my dog along the seafront this morning I was confronted by the never-ending row of these big ugly things.

“I counted 27 of them from Foxholes Cafe to Orcombe Point. Surely something has to be done to find somewhere else for people to park their mobile homes?”

In response East Devon District Council, which patrols the Devon County Council-owned bays, said that, while the campervan owners are generally law-abiding, alternative sites for them are now being considered.

An EDDC spokesman said: “At present, 24-hour parking is allowed every day. Campervans are generally complying with the restrictions, provided that they go away at some stage during each 24-hour period and do not return for at least four hours.

“Clearly this means that the same vans can be present day after day and night after night, possibly giving the impression that they never move.”

The spokesman said Devon County Council had previously stated that there was little it could do to move campervans on unless their owners were responsible for problems such as antisocial behaviour or littering.

He continued: “The police have also received complaints in the past and they report that ‘the local officers state that they have never experienced any antisocial behaviour from those persons who park campervans on the seafront...’

“Based on the current situation, the police have no specific concerns regarding those who park overnight and with the current parking regulations as stipulated by Devon County Council the vehicles are parked legitimately. EDDC is currently reviewing the way in which it manages its car parks and our current parking places order does prohibit overnight sleeping in all East Devon car parks.

“However, we are already actively considering a proposal to remove this restriction in some of our long-stay car parks, including Maer Road, and to offer an overnight stay tariff for campervans and motor homes in certain designated bays. This will require a period of consultation, but at this stage the plan is to work towards having this in place by spring 2013.”

5 comments

  • I think this would be a brilliant idea, especially so when out of season as motorhome owners continue to use their vans and could bring much needed income into the local economy

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    David Burley

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • we were down there today, i dont own or drive a mobile home campervan so see from the car users view, i had no problem parking in normal spaces and in fact all mobile homes were within the bay and not taking up 2 spaces, and i even parked between 2 large mobile homes, which for me was a bonus as it kept my car cool, i could get in and out ok and i am disabled and use crutches (all disabled bays were used) i didnt find them an eye saw (unlike some fashion statements you see along the beach) been down for many years and have never had a problem with them

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    devonlass

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • The big problem is that they take abuot 2 spaces for each caravan which gives less oppotunity for car users. They already a massive issue with parking on the beach in the summer. I have m driveway blocked by car users finding alternative spaces in the avenues.

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    Exmouthbornandbred.

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • As someone that spends a lot of time at Exmouth seafront I can't really see what the problem is. Most motorhomes you see on the seafront fit in one parking bay,Many people these days use a camper van as a car therefore to go to the beach should make no difference weather you go by car or camper so long as its in one parking space, and people PAY PARKING! Unfortunately in peak periods spaces will be limited as more people visit Exmouth. Surely in a seaside town that depends heavily on Holiday trade the more people that visit the town, the better it is.

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    Robert Williams

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • There are two places I like to come and park in my motorhome on the seafront'. Here is one place. I stay 4-6 hours. Once a mounth. I pay parking for the period-something a lot of car drivers don't do. Therefore your local council is benifiting from me. I spend money locally. Now exmouth is no nicer than the other place I visit, if the local authorities want me to spend my money outside Devon I will. The bigger problem hee is the noise from antisocial car drivers with radios on full blast using queens drive as a race track. The odd motorhme takes up too much room as does the odd clumsly parked car. It is unusual to be able to park a motorhome in such a nice spot, hence its popularity. It is far easier to find suitable places to park a car. I tend to avoid sidmouth over exmouth as there is only one suitable car park in sidmouth. Loose this spot here to motorhomes and exmouth will lose many visitors to nearby seaside towns such as sidmouth and budleigh. Then guess what, with fewer paying customers, your parking fees will go up to maintain revenue!

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    Matthew Ball

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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