Overnight motorhome ban at Anglesey beauty spot ‘unenforceable’ as signs repeatedly disappear

Signs warning motorhomes and other vehicles against ‘no overnight stays’ at a remote Anglesey beauty spot are routinely removed or damaged. The signs, which are due to be replaced later, were placed in parking areas near the waterfront in Penmon after complaints.

In 2017 overnight parking was banned by the council and a number of yellow signs were put up along the motorway. It hit three parking areas, alongside the spectacular Penmon Coast, which have long been used by holidaymakers enjoying the spectacular views of the Menai Strait and the mainland mountains.

The spots are also popular with anglers who park overnight to catch late and early tides. However, locals say it was a “minority” of troublemakers who caused problems with antisocial behavior, including loud music, and not the usual tourists or camper van fishermen.

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Since the ban, the signs have since been targeted repeatedly and frequently disappear, and some have been found thrown into the sea. Without the signage, the council cannot enforce the restrictions.

A spokesperson for Anglesey County Council said: ‘Following complaints in 2017 about overnight parking at Penmon, the Authority have introduced a traffic control order which includes ‘no waiting at night”, on the highway, which ends just before the private road near Priory House and St Seiriol’s Church, at Penmon.

“For these restrictions to be enforceable, relevant signs referring to the restriction must be present. Unfortunately, over the years a few signs have been damaged or removed by private individuals.

“The Authority uses its term maintenance contractor, Alun Griffiths Construction Ltd, to supply, install and replace the posts and signs.”

The board could give no indication of the frequency or cost of replacing them, saying the figures “were not in the public domain as they form part of Alun Griffiths’ contract rate”.

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A local resident said he was aware of at least six signs missing, three smaller sockets on the poles and three larger ones on metal brackets. He said: “It’s not the normal campers who cause trouble, they’re generally respectful, and it’s not the fisherman either, they’re too busy fishing.

“One of the larger panels was fished out of the sea where it and its frame had been dumped.”

Another, resident who also wished to remain anonymous said, “The signs disappear all the time, then they are replaced, and a few weeks later they seem to go back!

“The number of RVs parking there fluctuates, but sometimes there are quite a few there. It’s a working-class area. Most people camping there aren’t a problem, but it’s there are a few who have been loud with music.”

Alun Griffiths Construction Ltd has been contacted for comment.