East Suffolk Council lifts ban on RV parking
The ban on motorhomes in a dozen car parks along the coast was lifted following the frustration of users.
A spokesperson for the East Suffolk Council said it had listened to concerns raised by motorhome owners in recent weeks with existing restrictions banning all vehicles over 5.5m.
In order to support users, restrictions were relaxed in 12 municipal parking lots in the neighborhood.
Kerry Blair, Head of Operations at East Suffolk Council, said: “We understand the frustration of the RV and RV community that previously had not been able to 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 delighted 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 of East Suffolk.
Six of the car parks, including at Southwold Pier, have lined parking spots, while motorhomes can now use reserved coach spots at Belvedere Road in Lowestoft and Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad, as well as Garrison Lane in Felixstowe.
Designated caravan bays will be introduced at The Grove and Manor Terrace in Felixstowe, while the remaining parking lots at Harbor Quay East in Southwold, Clifflands in Felixstowe, Sutton Heath Picnic Area, Upper Hollesley Common, Slaughden and Thorpe Road in Aldeburgh are unpaved and have a natural surface.
If vehicles can stay in the parking lots overnight, sleeping in the vehicles is prohibited, while no vehicle using the parking lots should exceed 8m in length.
A council spokesperson added: “As a courtesy to other drivers, vehicles over 5.5m are not allowed to park in other council-owned car parks, as these have marked bays that do not suitable only for cars and small vehicles.
“Allowing large motorhomes and caravans to park in these parking lots would restrict other drivers.”