Exmouth seafront campervan ban could be in place by this summer

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 May 2018

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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A ban on campervans parking overnight on a stretch of Exmouth seafront could be in place in time for this year’s summer season.

An order prohibiting motorhomes from using on-street parking spaces between the lifeboat station and Orcombe Point was ratified last week.

Devon County Council’s (DCC) East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) approved the draft order at its latest meeting.

That also means campervans will also be banned from parking in ‘specified sections’ of Queen’s Drive on the other side of the lifeboat station.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has previously committed to its own order creating 70 new parking bays especially for motorhomes in its Queen’s Drive Echelon, Imperial Road and Maer Road off-street car parks – once the DCC order was in place.

Town and district councillor Bill Nash, who chairs a task and finish committee set up to deal with the issue, said he hopes to schedule a meeting next week to discuss when these orders can begin.

He said: “The HATOC approval was the first hurdle – to get both the county and district councils to agree.

“Now that’s gone through, we can get on with the final touches to it.

“I am hopeful we can have this operational by the summer.”

The task and finish group was set up last summer after a number of residents complained about the amount of campervans parking on the seafront.

In August last year, the town council agreed to take a ‘holistic approach’ towards the issue and began discussions with DCC and EDDC to ensure a suitable provision was secured for motor home users visiting the town.

Exmouth Town Council supported the draft order.

Prior to approval, DCC received eight responses to a public consultation – seven of which were in objection to the order, citing concerns over smaller campervans being penalised and an ‘ambiguity’ over the type of motorhomes which would be affected.

At the HATOC meeting, county councillor for Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton Coastal Christine Channon proposed that the responses to the consultation be noted and the order be approved, which was agreed by the committee.

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