Calls to prevent lay-by camping in Cornwall

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  1. Letsgetaway

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    Thought some of you wild campers might be interested in this. Feel that there's a slight exageration in the numbers though, most we've seen at Marazion in one night is about 11 or 12 and we go there in the car most weekends!!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-19046207
     
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    Campsite owners in the area say though the people parking in lay-bys along Marazion are not breaking the law, the practice is ruining their businesses.

    Suzy Watts, who owns Boscrege Caravan Park near Helston, has asked the parish council to change the parking rules.

    The council said it was considering its options.

    Mrs Watts said her park is about 60% down on the summer bookings, leading to thousands of pounds in lost revenue.


    Does she not think the weather might have something to do with the situation, or the prices charged by many sites?
    What next? Cafe owners wanting to ban packed lunches?
    Whilst I disagree with parking which inconveniences others the call to ban it is too draconian.
     
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    Huh, it's like Jim saying "stop free forums, I'm not making enough money, people should pay".
     
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    Part of the motorhome fun , for me, is sightseeing , moving on stay a night and off again. I've just been booking a trip in Cornwall ( where I have booked mainly small sites ) and when I called many of the sites refused to accomodate for one night and some wanted me to book for a week. I am keeping the second week clear and possibly do some wildcamping at nice spots I see in the first week.
     
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    I wonder if the charges at her site are putting people off?

    For example:
    Mains electric hook-up, charged at ...................................£4.50 per/night
    Dogs, per dog, charged at ..............................................£2.00 per/night
     
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    £2 to charge your dog !!! :Rofl1::Smile:
     
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    Yikes! Remind me not to take K9 to that place :Eeek:
     
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    it will never happen

    it makes me laugh reading that article they would never be able to ban overnight parking because what about us hgv drivers who have to find somewere to park over night we have no choice but to use laybys etc because of our driving hours so if they ban motorhomes they will have to ban us and that will never happen staying in a motorhome in a layby overnight or wildcamping is just exactlly the same as staying in a truck,,,
    if they didnt charge stupid prices and stupid extras like price per child or dog then more people would use proper sites,,
     
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    not sure we would . dont really like sites . strangely enough if you live in cornwall you may never know about all this . nobody really cares . only a hand full of the locals in any district worry about it . if i hadnt looked on here i wouldnt have known it had kicked off again . same thing every year .
     
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    Not so. When TROs (whether for on or off road parking) are drafted by local authorities they will generally take into account the fact that HGV drivers have restrictions placed upon them which don't apply to other drivers. That is why some TROs ban all overnight parking but several TROs ban motorhomes but not HGVs.
     
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    The problem is not overnight parking, it is freeloaders who use laybys as camp sites and stay for days or weeks on end.. .. so don't blame locals for complaining, blame the selfish offenders..
     
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    it is a problem. My Mum walks her dogs every day in Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire. She tells me there are an increasing number of Motorhomes parked in one of the small car parks. They park across 4 parking bays and leave a load of litter.

    She gave one of them what for she tells me:BigGrin:

    The National Trust used to patrol the area but have stopped and seem disinterested.
     
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    This is the problem with running a motor home on a shoestring. You use your holiday pay to fill it up with food and fuel from Asda before leaving. Then with nothing left in the purse for camp site fees or any cash to spend, you want your destination “Cornwall in this case”, to support you throughout your 2 week holiday. Free water, free waste disposal free parking, free entertainment free free free. Nice while it lasts but the local businesses get the hump and all considerate motorhomers will suffer.
     
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    It might be helpful if local people could obtain photographs of people littering and disposing of waste illegally. That way the police/landowners could mount a sound case against the offenders.
     
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    Or, to put it another way, somebody else's shoestring :Smile:

    As we've discussed before, there are plenty of people who camp off site but do so in a considerate manner without causing problems for anyone else. It is annoying that others care nothing for anyone but themselves - but that occurs in all walks of life, of course.
     
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    Where we lived on a narrow road, near to the Peninne way, we occasionally got an odd motorhome staying for an odd night or two. Sometimes there were two, invariably responsible people walking a particular stretch of the Peninne Way, as far as I know no one ever objected, why should they.

    If there was regularly five or six vans there then I know the village would be up in arms and signs would go up.

    However a local farmer toiled considerably with the local authorities to open a small camp site and was refused each time usually on the grounds of the road was too narrow for such a facility and of course the usual one of it being a SSI area.
     
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    Exageration

    I read the press story about this and it strikes me that no one has as yet picked up on some obvious exaggeration. The poor owner of Boscrege Caravan Park say their bookings are down 60%

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    "Mrs Watts said: "Last week I was horrified to see more than 50 camper vans, parked up in the afternoon, all camping free of charge.

    "We went back on Thursday and they were all still there. It's unfair for businesses trying to earn a living down here."

    Su Nicolas, the councillor for Marazion, said she had been involved in discussions about the issue for more than 18 months, because of environmental implications.

    She said: "I do have a great deal of sympathy with all the campsite owners in the area.

    "These people are disposing of waste on the beach and on the RSPB site. We have had about 30 complaints from members of the public."

    The site in question has 60 touring pitches, that includes spaces for caravans and tents. Even using a generous guess that would probably mean that when fully booked they have perhaps 30 or so motorhomes on the site. Mrs Watts claims she saw 50 vans parked up in the afternoon, all camping free of charge. What this lady does not know is whether they were just parked for the day or staying overnight. To claim that this is the cause of her 60% less bookings is stretching the imagination a long long way.

    The bottom line for her is revealed in her quote, " It's unfair for businesses trying to earn a living down here." I suggest what she means is she thinks they should al be on her site paying her, even though she does not know if they are daytime or overnight campers. True, she says she went back and they were all still there, but this claim is open to question. Were they the same motorhomes, does she provide photographic evidence, I doubt it.

    We read that, "Su Nicolas, the councillor for Marazion, said she had been involved in discussions about the issue for more than 18 months, because of environmental implications." I would not be too surprised to learn that one of the people she is having discussions with is the bold Mrs Watts. The claim that "These people are disposing of waste on the beach and on the RSPB site. We have had about 30 complaints from members of the public." is dubious, how do these complaining members of the public know that the cause of he waste is the motor homers, do they watch them deposit litter etc and then follow them back to their motorhomes. I doubt it,

    There is probably a litter/waste problem which could be picnickers, motor homers or anyone visiting the area and to lay the blame without evidence totally at the feet of motor homers is unfair and wrong. The truth may be that there is a litter problem not being addressed by the Council, are there enough litter bins, signage etc. Do Council workers regularly visit the area to remove litter or empty bins?

    Reading between the lines there are obviously people parking motorhomes "wild" in the area but I suspect not nearly as many as Mrs Watts suggests. Some may be just there for the day but even those who stay overnight should no be forced to go onto a site because the local site owners want their money and campaign, sometimes using dubious claims, to outlaw parking or sleeping anywhere else than on their site in order to get it.

    It seems to me that motorhomes which are parked either for the day or night without causing inconvenience to anyone using the local area should be left in peace to do as they wish. On the other hand, if there is a real local problem, of whatever nature and not simply invented or exaggerated because of individual business finances, but genuinely attributed to motorhomes and their use, then it should be addressed by sensible evidenced debate unencumbered by one sided entrenched views or exaggerated claims which simply pitch people against one another and achieve nothing.

    This is, after all a free country, or at least it was the last time I looked.
     
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    i think they're having a laugh
    the average family of 4 with 2 dogs hookup and awning £32.45 per night and a £35 per week or part week deposit to reserve a pitch then paid in full 28 days before arrival

    Boscrege is ideally situated for touring West Cornwall. We have 50 level, well drained pitches around a 3 1/2 acre field and a further 9 pitches in a small well sheltered paddock. Many pitches have mains electrical hook-ups if required, water and waste points are conveniently placed around the fields, Please state on booking form which preffered.

    The modern toilet facilities are well maintained and frequently cleaned, they offer FREE showers FREE hot water, shaver point, hair dryer etc. There is also FREE hot water in the washing up room and a microwave for use by campers, We also have a laundry room with washing machines/dyers coin operated, use of an iron/board, free use of freezer and a designated drying area.


    you wouldn't get charged as much as that for a Haven rip off site with all entertainment and kids stuff.
     
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    Free Country..........you would think so by the actions of some campers. :Cool:
     
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    I have no time for people who dump waste illegally but, at the same time I do not like to see people criticised when they are acting within the law. I sent an e-mail to Councillor Nicholas last night asking whether the complaints received are accompanied by photographic evidence (i.e. proof) or are simply anecdotal. I also questioned whether lay-by camping has an effect on caravan site bookings and pointed out that spending in other local businesses might suffer should a complete ban be put in place and suggested that Cornwall Council might like to follow the examples of others and provide low-cost overnight facilities.

    I sent (as a member) a second message to the C&CC pointing out that the statement attributed to their representative was inaccurate - if there is no TRO in place and the parking laws are complied with then people are doing nothing illegal so it is inaccurate to say "Strictly speaking they shouldn't be doing it."

    Yes, if there is a problem then a solution is needed but, as iandsm says, it has to be as a result of a balanced discussion.
     
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