Motorhome parks plan to boost tourism

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  1. ShiftZZ

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    Five new seafront motorhome parks could soon be driving Fylde’s development as a forward-looking tourist area.

    Proposals for new beach huts in St Annes were unveiled last week.

    Now, councillors are consulting residents on proposals to introduce new motorhome parks to accommodate the growing numbers of motorhome enthusiasts.

    Councillor Albert Pounder, Fylde Council cabinet member for customer and operational services, said: “There has been an explosion in motorhome ownership in the last 10 years – but their owners have few places to stay overnight.

    “In resorts all over the country they are parking on residential roads and having to frequently drive around the block to avoid parking tickets.

    “Establishing places where they can stay overnight will make Fylde an even more attraction destination for these prosperous visitors.”

    The new proposal involves developing existing car parks at:

    • North Beach;

    • North Promenade;

    • St Annes swimming pool;

    • Fairhaven Road;

    • St Paul’s Avenue;

    • Stanner Bank.

    Each car park will remain open to motorists.

    Tourism authorities, often council-run, in France and Germany already provide popular Aire for Service and Stellplatz sites which feature toilet and wash facilities and electricity hook-ups.

    Fylde’s proposed sites will charge £5 per night, allow stays of up to three nights, forbid outdoor cooking and the dumping of waste or rubbish.

    Once established, if the parks are a success, a network of car parks could also be established in Blackpool and Wyre – giving coastal Lancashire a nationwide reputation for welcoming motorhomers.

    Councillor Pounder added: “Motorhomers can be a nuisance to residents when they park on residential roads. We can relieve that problem and develop tourism further with this plan.

    “We already have the car parks, so the cost would be minimal.

    “Without a doubt, motorhomers are the sort of prosperous and well-behaved visitors that we want in Fylde. This is a new and growing market in which we can be ahead of our competitor resorts.”

    As well as nearby residents, consultees will include neighbouring businesses and hotels.


    http://www.fylde.gov.uk/news/2010/oct/191010motorhome/
     
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    You've picked up an old news item, Dave. The latest situation was discussed on This Thread last month.
     
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    There are a few hurdles to get over before this is introduced. There are already a good number of official sites in this area. Would be interesting to see their opinion.
    There is also no mention of the period that the £5 charge will cover. Anything like the south coast where the real cost is doubled. Unless of course you can arrive after 2200hrs and leave before 0700hrs.
    Do they not know that prosperous motorhome owners have short arms and deep pockets.
    What about the low cost of developing existing car parks. Are they not making waste disposal part of the service. If not how will the users service their needs.:Eek!:
     
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    As pointed out on a number of occasions, such costs are not necessarily low. Most car parks (as opposed to coach/lorry parks) are designed for use by vehicles under 2 tons in weight and have a foundation structure which would be damaged by regular use by heavier vehicles. The costs associated with upgrades can be significant.
     
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    Yet down the road in Fleetwood, they have put up signs all over the place with "24 hour surveylance in operation":Angry:"no overnight parking":Angry: and they have even put height restriction barriers on the car parks that we used to occasionally use :Sad: so we spent the day at Freeport, the only place we could find that "wanted" us :Sad:. Thankfully we can stillpark on Cleveley's sea front:BigGrin:

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