Councillors to debate moving campervans to Exmouth car parks

PUBLISHED: 12:26 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:26 23 November 2017

Campervans along Queen's Drive could be moved into car parks.

Campervans along Queen's Drive could be moved into car parks.

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A pilot scheme which would see overnight campervan parking in Exmouth moved from the seafront to car parks could run for two years – and could net East Devon District Council (EDDC) nearly £50,000 a year.

Earlier this year, Exmouth Town Council called for restrictions on parking along Queen’s Drive, citing complaints about dozens of campervans blocking sea views, and for the vehicles to be re-accommodated in car parks.

Now, EDDC’s cabinet will debate the plan at its meeting next week.

A report to the cabinet states that campervans would be offered stays of up to three nights, via up to 30 pitches in the Queen’s Drive Echelon car park, up to 20 pitches in the Imperial Recreation Ground car park, and up to 20 pitches in the Maer Road car park.

Services could also be offered to visitors including drinking water, waste water disposal, sewage disposal, and refuse and recycling facilities.

The proposals rely on Devon County Council implementing the new parking restrictions on its bays along Queen’s Drive, and the county council has indicated to EDDC it will do this if the car park bays are provided.

Describing previously reported problems with campervans parking in the road, the cabinet report states: “The issues include the amount of space the larger motorhomes in particular take up on street parking zones along the Esplanade and Queen’s Drive.

“There have also been issues associated with the discharge of foul liquids onto the highway and down gullies leaving deposits on the beach below.

“The number of motorhomes and campervans present in the town at any given time will naturally vary but it has been reported that there are usually around 30 or so present at on-street locations on the seafront and from time to time numbers of around 100 have been reported.”

The report also informs councillors that there could be financial benefits to EDDC from the scheme, stating that if the county council price of £11 for 24 hours parking is matched, the council could ‘reasonably expect’ revenue from a single summer season of £60,000, minus 20 per cent VAT.

The report states the pilot could begin in 2018, if the county council is able to implement its restrictions in time, and also run through 2019.

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