East Suffolk allows motorhomes in municipal parking lots
A motorhome owner and frequent tourist on the Suffolk coast has welcomed the decision to allow larger vehicles in certain city council-owned parking lots.
The East Suffolk Council had previously banned vehicles over 5.5 meters in a number of its parking lots, due to the size of the marked bays.
The council said earlier this year that it plans to review some of the sites, to see if they would be able to accommodate motorhomes.
East Suffolk has now said 12 city council-owned parking lots, including in Felixstowe, Aldeburgh and Southwold, will allow vehicles over 5.5m after listening to concerns from tourists.
Six of the car parks already have lined parking spots, including the Southwold Pier site, while others will have designated parking areas for RVs.
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Some will remain unlined and have a natural surface.
The East Suffolk Council said vehicles should not exceed 8m in length, with vehicles less than 5.5m allowed in one of the authority’s parking lots.
A complete list of car parks allowing longer vehicles is available at East Suffolk website.
Kerry Blair, Head of Operations at East Suffolk, said: “We understand the frustration of the RV and RV community that previously could not park in our parking lots.
“We have now explored the different options that would allow larger motorhomes to use our parking lots, while ensuring that parking spaces remain available for cars.
“Lifting the size restrictions on 12 of our parking lots was the best option and we are happy that RVs and caravans over 5.5m can now use these designated parking lots and enjoy a visit to the one of the beautiful towns in eastern Suffolk. “
Tony Cutt, from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, had previously said the Suffolk coast was one of his “favorite holiday destinations” – but parking restrictions meant he would have to reconsider.
However, he welcomed East Suffolk’s decision and said it would attract more tourists to the area.
Mr Cutt said: “I think this is the right decision. It certainly means I will be able to go back to places.
“I’m sure people will want to go now and it will make a difference.
“I already said we couldn’t visit. We want to stop in these parking lots and go for a walk.
“But I’m definitely coming back to Felixstowe, Southwold and Aldeburgh.”