Calls for action over ‘eyesore’ motorhomes by Broadwater Green

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  1. ShiftZZ

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    Motorhomes parked on Broadwater Street West Residents are becoming increasingly frustrated by inaction over ‘eyesore’ motorhomes parked on Broadwater Street West by the green. Two or three caravans have been parked there for several months, according to residents. Rosemary Dinning, 74, of Russell Close, said: “There is a perfectly good campsite nearby. They don’t have to park here for days on end. But they seem to be getting away with it and it isn’t right. “They’re getting free parking. And they do become an eyesore.” Philip Watts, 68, of Goldsmith Road, wants to see the motorhomes moved by the council. He said: “It looks awful. They are an absolute eyesore and detract from the environment around the green. They give the area an air of rundown and neglect. I know that parking is a problem in Sussex and I appreciate that people have to live somewhere. But it’s gone on for far too long.” He was also concerned that some of the homes’ doors opened directly onto the road He added: “There’s a risk of danger as well. Broadwater is a busy environment. It’s a safety issue.” A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “It is unlawful to reside on the highway. When it is reported, we will enforce by notice any specific incidents where it can reasonably be proved. “This demands resources and time, and can take several weeks to bring into effect. “This has previously led to us impounding offending vehicles and the owners paying to retrieve them. “We appreciate this is a nuisance to residents. However we are keen to avoid restrictions on the highway which would unreasonably affect all users, including residents, and would displace motorhome users to less suitable locations, when the issues are caused by a few antisocial motorists who should be seeking appropriate locations to reside.” He added that the council had recently served notice on two mobile homes at the location and confirmed that, if they failed to comply, the council would obtain a court order for removal. He also recommended that residents report such incidents through the ‘Love West Sussex’ website or smartphone app. Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

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    So this is how the general public view free loaders.....shifty @ShiftZZ
     
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    What are they doing about fresh water and black waste?
     
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    "It is unlawful to reside on the highway.".............You learn something every day :rolleyes:.
     
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    This is one case where I would support the local residents tatty old RV's, motorhomes and caravans been there for years and it is a busy main road, right in the centre of a residential area. Similar situation on the coast road at Hove near the Portslade boundary.
     
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    I grew up in Worthing so know the area well. The road adjacent to Broadwater Green is the main road in and out of Worthing.

    There is only a short section of dual carriageway next to the green. It looks like the northbound carriageway (where the vans are parked) could possibly be closed to main road traffic and has become effectively a layby.

    Expect local Funsters will be able to confirm.
     
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    That struck me as well Dave. Only if there is a local restriction :D http://www.motorhomeparking.co.uk/roads.htm

    Having said that I have every sympathy with residents whose lives are blighted - and the rest of us who will suffer from restrictions arising from such behaviour.
     
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    There is of course another way to cure the 'problem'...... provide space elsewhere in the area for motorhomes ........... but why should they?......... just move them on and let them 'park/camp' somewhere else............. move the 'problem' somewhere else..........and then somewhere else....and on and on..........:whistle:
     
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    Why should space be provided for motorbikes.?
    Are there no campsites close by?
     
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    Campsites are never close by and parking for motorhomes is rarely provided..... anywhere
     
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    They have got to be buying their food and goods somewhere .... So are supporting the town... Or is it NIMBY...?
     
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    Also .. in many places there is only ONE campsite and so it can charge ridiculous fees. I struggle when visiting my daughter and have to wild camp every third night to try and cope financially for the week.. I feel for the townspeople for the times parking is abused .. so take away the barriers and limit parking to 24 hrs for example for those spending money in their shops.
     
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    Motor home, caravan, tent....same principle, nothing special about MHs, they are simply a camping device.
    They have no business camping in residential areas.
    Folk don't pay council tax, etc. to have to tolerate what amounts to traveller sites on their doorsteps.
    That's what campsites are for
     
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    A motorhome is not a tent or caravan, in most cases it is transport as well and needs space to park, shop whatever ....... and most motorhomers are also council tax payers and don't consider themselves 'travelers'

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    Every camping means needs space to park, shop, whatever.
    They are not parking to shop, it seems they are camping in every sense of the word, so camper / caravan / whatever, they are essentially the same thing...camping machines.

    The "they dont consider themselves 'travellers'" thing doesnt wash.
    They behave like travellers, they should be treated as such.
    Likewise, the the "they are council tax payers" thing doesn't wash, either.
    Council tax is paid in an area for the benefit of that area, it's a local, not national, tax.
    They don't pay council tax in the area they are taking for granted / abusing.
    Would you accept your road / street / whatever being permanently full of long term parked caravans and motorhomes being ok as the norm, based on the premise that it's ok to park outside your house because they pay council tax on the Isle of Bute?

    I would soon have a sense of humour failure.

    This scenario is no different.

    Use sites, that's what they are for.
    Parking on the highway or in residential areas is not "wilding".
    It's taking the piss.
     
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    Campers, caravanners have independant means of transport, motorhomes don't


    Providing facilities for motorhomers and 'travelers' is a positive, merely moving the problem on does just that.... moves it on

    Providing facilities - for travelers or 'wilders' for instance - might cut down the abuse of public spaces and parkland

    If facilities were provided it should be with strict enforcement..... heavy fines, impounding vehicles

    Do you really think 'travelers' or 'wilders' will just disappear?


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    And nobody forces us to buy motorhomes but we do so knowing of the parking limitations.
     
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    Provide facilities for "wilders", they will no longer be "wilders".
    The only way facilities could be provided is by way of pay as you use sites, one of which is apparently quite close to the area being abused.
    Most areas like the one in question have bus services, the motorhome isn't the only means of transport available, people aren't tied to them.
    The fact that motorhomes don't have an independent means of transport is a matter of choice....our own choice.
    We choose those vehicles, we are not forced to either have them or go to places which are inconvenient to us.

    Why should the population at large live in an impromptu travellers' camp?
    The people abusing the area don't live in a tip at home, I'm sure.

    Yes, travellers and piss takers can be removed from the picture.
    The strict enforcement you suggest, be it heavy fines and immediate vehicle confiscations would clear them.

    I've no problem with wild camping, but again, this is taking the piss.
    Look at your own street and imagine a traveller camp there.

    We saw it on the Lincs coast and we were all tarred with the same brush, even though the area's motorhomers generally were supportive of the anti piss taking measures imposed.
     
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    I don't think we find the parking limitations until we have actually bought the first MH
     
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    They were still there when we bought the second?
     
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