Concern over volume of Exmouth seafront camper parking

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:32 16 June 2016

Campervans at Orcombe this week. Ref exe 21-16SH 6027. Picture: Simon Horn.

Campervans at Orcombe this week. Ref exe 21-16SH 6027. Picture: Simon Horn.

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The presence of dozens of campervans parked along Exmouth seafront has again provoked criticism by residents.

Solutions to the problem of up to 50 vans at a time parking on Queen’s Drive, between the lifeboat station and Orcombe Point, have been proposed in previous years, but come to nought.

An Exmouth resident who asked not to be named, who visited the seafront on a Saturday evening, said: “We were shocked by the number – and size – of the camper vans in the parking bays going down towards Orcombe Point. The height and size of the vehicles completely blocked the view.”

Another Exmouth resident, Ann Membury, cited concerns about the potential fire risk from campervans parking side by side. She said: “With campervans, if you are on a campsite they have to be 20 feet away from each other because of gas regulations. If one of these goes up, the whole row will go up.”

The bays are owned by Devon County Council (DCC), but policed by East Devon District Council (EDDC).

An EDDC spokesperson said: “Our current policy states that while daytime parking of campervans is welcomed in Exmouth, we expect customers to find a legitimate licensed site for overnight stays. Provided that the motor homes are ‘road legal’, then the closeness of their neighbours is not an issue as camp site standards do not apply to the public highway.

“The issue of motorhome and campervan parking was considered by cabinet in the autumn of 2013 and again in March 2015. Since then, the question of allowing overnight campervan parking in East Devon has been raised and it is possible that one or two of its car parks (including Maer Road in Exmouth) could be suitable for overnight parking of these vehicles.

“If there was sufficient support, we could put forward for consideration a proposal to relax the conditions for overnight parking in Maer Road.

“However, ultimately, the responsibility of on-street parking issues lies with DCC.”

DCC said: “There is no intention to review parking restrictions in this area. There is no restriction by class of vehicle and the parking bays can be legitimately used by campervans so long as they comply with parking restrictions.”

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