Motorhome trial to move forward – but with fewer parking lots to choose from | New
A 12-month pilot program allowing self-contained RVs and RVs to park in certain South Hams parking lots has been agreed – but four locations have been taken off the list.
At their meeting on Thursday morning, the South Hams District Council executive agreed to adapt the proposed plans after listening to more than 700 responses received during the RV consultation.
The meeting learned that the proposals were widely received, but after listening to public concerns about four of the proposed locations, North Sands in Salcombe, Memorial in Slapton and Torcross Tank in Torcross and Quay Car Park in Kingsbridge will no longer be considered. account. for the pilot project.
The five district car parks that are proposed for inclusion in the pilot program are Leonards car park in Ivybridge, Cattlemarket car park in Kingsbridge, Poundwell Meadow Overflow car park in Modbury, Longmarsh car park in Totnes and Dartmouth Park & Ride Car Park.
The pilot project, which will start on May 29, was designed to help improve local tourism as an ever-increasing number of RV and RV users choose to use parking lots and other places to pass through. overnight in the South Hams, and that’s expected. increase due to restrictions on overseas travel due to the pandemic.
Stays will only be permitted in the car parks designated for Motorhomes and Self-Contained Motorhomes for a fee of £ 10 per night, overnight from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. The proposed driver will allow overnight sleeping for a maximum consecutive stay of two nights with no return within 48 hours.
Cllr Keith Baldry, executive member of the South Hams District Council for the Environment, said: “We want to do everything we can to help our businesses get back on their feet by encouraging tourism in the South Hams. By making it easier for RV owners to visit our neighborhood and bringing their money to spend in our shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure attractions, it’s a step in the right direction to help us grow our local economy and to support our local families. and communities.
“Therefore, we are delighted that so many residents took the time and effort to share their thoughts on this pilot project. We have read their comments and listened carefully to what they have to say and in light of their thoughts, we have removed four of our proposed nine sites from our considerations.
“This pilot program is aimed at autonomous motorhomes who have their own toilets on board for short stays of two nights in our car parks. To further address the concerns of respondents, if this proposal is accepted, we propose to organize regular patrols by our locality and car park teams that would visit the sites, during peak hours, to ensure that the sites remain clean and tidy so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy the facilities.
He added: “This is a very important proposition for tourism in the South Hams. It’s a beautiful tourist region and there are so many businesses that depend on tourists and that’s why we are doing this and we are doing all we can to help businesses get back on their feet and support tourism.
“This makes it easier for RVs and RVs to visit our neighborhood, spend their money in our stores and restaurants, and enjoy the beautiful South Hams that we enjoy all year round. We’ll keep an eye on it and it won’t work, we’ll change it.
Cllr Nicky Hopwood added, “I hope this will be a hit with those who use the night facilities to respect the area, and I have no doubts that they will respect the area. It will bring money to the region and help our tourism.
“There is a dearth of sites and we always have an influx of people coming to the South Hams, and it’s good for them to come here, but they won’t get to the sites if they haven’t. not booked. This is a pilot project and we’ll see how it works, but it will only work with good management. “
Cllr Julian Brazil added: “It is working well. The general public perception is that it will be a disaster and they are waiting for it to fail, and it’s a shame to arrive late today, but I support the concept of that, we have listened to the consultation, and we have responded.
“Not everyone will be happy but this is a try and we can see how it goes and with proper tracking and trash collection it can be great news but at the end of the season if we can turn around and say it worked fine. “
Emma Widdicombe, Senior Parking Specialist, in her report to the Executive, added: “Supporting responses said it was a progressive idea, it will promote tourism in the area and encourage people to visit and spend. in local towns, a pilot project This is a great way to demonstrate that RV owners are responsible and it will bring evening business to local businesses.
“But the objections were on topics such as parking lots are for parking and not for camping, concerns about the lack of parking in high season, concerns about litter, antisocial behavior, noise and lack of toilets. , that the roads are too narrow to cope with the size of the vehicles and that the policy will not be enforced. “
She added, “To mitigate risks throughout the pilot project, an enhanced team of local seasonal officers, as well as the team of civil law enforcement officers, will ensure law enforcement through through penalty notices to those who do not comply with the rules and regulations. This will include visits outside of opening hours. “
The executive unanimously agreed to introduce the motorhome policy and fees, and to approve the amendment to the off-street parking ordinance for introduction from May 29.
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