Parking in Bath - height restrictions

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  1. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    I'm off to catch a bit of the Bath music festival this weekend (jazz......mmm.....nice :coolthumb:) and it's been a while since I've been there. In fact I don't recall parking there before, just driving through or walking around (when I was at uni.)

    The Doblo will fit in a normal car parking space, but I need to avoid height barriers. Any advice on the best parking near the city centre, or should I go for the park-and-ride?

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    Park and Ride is good in Bath, but there are also car parks down near the river close to the new bus station that have no height barriers that I know of.

    I do not know if you normally find multi story car parks a problem, but the only car park I can think of that you would have an issue with is the car park UNDER Waitrose, which I am sure would be a bit low.

    Have fun.


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    Bath council told me that all their car parks have height barriers - see Here. They also say, on their web site Here that "Camper Van style vehicles are not permitted to park in car parks. They can however park at the Riverside Coach Park or Odd Down Park & Ride".

    As your Doblo is a bit of an in-between which might be interpreted as a car or a "camper van style vehicle" it might be worth contacting the council for advice, just to be on the safe side. There are phone, fax and e-mail contact details on the council web site page I mentioned above. I've found them very helpful in the past.

    Graham
     
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    surely your vehicle is not over 2 metres in height ?
    why no height barriers ?

    forget the camper van style bit , it won't be recognised as that !
     
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    Ah yes, I remember Waitrose.....and no, I won't risk that one.

    I've been pretty lucky so far - my only "wrong turn" was recently in Weston-super-Mare, when I made the mistake of blindly following the blue 'P' direction signs to a multi-storey with a 1.8m barrier :Eeek: Fortunately there was an easy escape route...
     
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    It's a high-top and just over 2 metres tall :Sad:

    I think the "Danbury Motorcaravans" logo and sun canopy on the side might just give it away :Laughing:
     
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    I know you are referring to Blue P as in the P for Parking, but it makes me so mad that councils put height barriers so low, when you realise that Motability provide some disabled wheel chair users with 'heightened' vehicles not disimilar to yours vehicle.

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    I used to have a pop top motorhome that was 2.10 metres high

    never found a 2 metre height barrier I couldn't get under , always checked though , there is always a first one

    plenty of vans with awnings now ! and you can always put stickers over the name , not that I would personally , it's not a camping car , it's a mini- camping car :Rofl1:
     
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    I have parked at the Riverside Coach park on several occasions, right in the City Centre, never had any problems or adverse comments.
     
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    The Riverside Coach park allows motorhomes on it.

    There is a car park by the police station where the upper level has no height restriction (but I reckon you would have to be up with the larks to find a space on it) but the huge car park by Victoria Park has no height restrictions and I often see largish motorhomes on it.

    There is also a new underground carpark under the new shopping centre by the bus station which I will check the height of as I pass it to work this evening...

    I also wonder if they run the Park and Ride buses later than usual during the Festival (they usually stop at 7.30pm).

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    I've seen a few high-top Doblos being used for wheel chair use, and a lot more as taxis, presumably also kitted out for wheel chair use. You'd think that councils would twig that 2 meter barriers are going to stop this sort of vehicle. :Sad:
     
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    The new shopping centre carpark (by the bus/railway station has a height limit of 2.1 metres.
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    Thanks everyone (particularly the on-the-spot research JJ)...it's looking like:

    1. Victoria Park
    2. Riverside
    3. Park & Ride

    because I might do some serious shopping and don't want to be lugging it back on a P&R bus if at all possible.

    Down at the C&CC site at Mendips, Cheddar at the moment - walking around the Priddy area today, came across a Forestry Commission site....6'5" height barrier! :Angry:
     
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    OK, so I drove into Bath from the Mendips, went straight through the Riverside car park 'cos it was full of buses with no MHs in sight. There was a big sign saying "no cars", so I decided to avoid any confusion with the Doblo and ended up in Charlotte St long stay car park. No height barriers, but the entry I used was quite tight - you take a ticket and pay when you leave.

    Bath council kindly replied today and suggested I use Charlotte St....6 days after I sent my query, which pointed out I was visiting last weekend. Ah...the wonders of modern communication :Doh:
     
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    If it has an identical footprint to a car, if it fits under the height restriction, if it is being used purely for transportation of passengers to and from the car park, if it is not causing a nuisance in any way. Then to bar it would be total discrimination. Bit like banning all fords because you prefer a Nissan. I think that their reference to campervan type vehicles is more of to do with vehicles that over hang the allotted parking space or want to set up home in what is an area for parking a given number of vehicles for access to their town.
     
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    6'5" that must also restrict 4x4s or cars with a roof rack. Even the mother-in-law would have trouble walking under there:Eeek:
     
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    I think you're probably right about the meaning of camper van but it wasn't totally clear from the information to hand at the time and that lack of clarity could also cause confusion for any individual parking attendant simply because the Doblo in question is a bit of an in-between which might be interpreted as a car or a "camper van style vehicle".

    That is why I recommended "contacting the council for advice, just to be on the safe side".

    As a business analyst I always worked on the premise that if you ask a question you may not receive the answer you expect or want but at least you have an answer to work with - but if you don't ask the question you can only speculate and can easily go wrong :Smile:

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    That sounds like good advice GJH. I think that you would also have to think about the question you put to the council, bit like planning referendum if you ask the question in the right manor then you will get the answer you desire. Don’t begin with can I park my camper van in your car park.:Rofl1:
     
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    On the contrary Buttons, most of my hundreds of e-mails to councils for the web site have been along the lines of "where can motorhomes park in your fair town?" :BigGrin:

    One or two have subsequently been followd up with "why can't I park there, you're discriminating?" :Laughing:

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    It's not just councils that might have a problem with my Doblo. I got into a chat with one of the wardens at a C&CC site recently, and he mentioned the fact that the vehicle is very close to not being classified as a campervan. Apparently (according to the C&CC rules) it must have a full-length bed (it does) and with the bed rolled out I must be able to demonstrate that I can stand up and change in the vehicle :Eeek:.

    If I couldn't it would be classed as a normal van and I would have to carry a tent to allow me to change. Apparently this results from people turning up in cars, trying to change in them and...quote...."having their :moon: hanging out the window".

    I won't go into all the flaws in that rule....suffice to say I can change standing-up with the bed out (just) but 99.9% of the time I don't because there are easier ways and nobody can see because the Doblo has curtains on all the windows.
     
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