Discussion in 'Wales' started by ShiftZZ, Apr 4, 2010.
Anyone ever parked up at The Old Station, Tintern Car park?
Hundreds and hundreds of people.
Nay, thousands and thousands.
Maybe even more.
Though I'm not sure about millions but it is a small possibility.
And I didn't even need to Phone a Friend.
Never been, but the following may be helpful :BigGrin:
"The site has a camping area adjoining it. All are welcome but for a maximum of three nights only. Toilet and wash-hand basins are available but there are no shower facilities."
Never camped there as its only 10 miles from where we live but have visited a few times.
Lovely spot on the banks of the river Wye and Tintern is a smashing little village with plenty of interesting things and fantastic walks, try the Devils Pulpit walk and the Wye Valley Hotel for a meal.
Don't forget to visit the Abbey:thumb:
Learned something today - always thought Tintern was in Cornwall :BigGrin:
This is confusing on the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association website - it indicates tents only, no campar vans:
"Camping & Caravan in or near Tintern
Set in a secluded meadow the camping at Old Station is ideal for those seeking to get away from the stress and strain of modern living.
There are no showers but there is 24 hour access to toilets and running fresh water. We do not allow camp fires because the camping field is a conservation meadow. Barbecues are available on the site to use.
Booking is essential and costs £3 per night per person. Camper vans and caravans are not permitted."
I was confused also..
Rang them up, no motorhomes.... Bu%%er..
Back to the drawing board, unless a funster has any other ideas?
Ive seen plenty of motorhomes stay in the laybys on the monmouth to coleford road, I would think there would be some traffic noise though as the wagons use this road a lot.
Don`t understand this council mentality of not allowing motorhomes to overnight, I looked at the amount of motorhomes at the Newark weekend and think phew that is a lot of pound notes just looking for somewhere to go and spend their hard earned cash.
Wake up Britain there is an industry here just waiting for you.
Are you a member of the Caravan Club - there are a couple of basic CLs fairly close to Tintern.
I know what you mean, Rob, but it isn't as simple as it appears on the face of it.
Why don't councils provide Aires?
They don't know of a demand for Aire facilities because nobody has shown them one. Unless people actually contact councils and provide positive evidence of the potential economic benefits of investing then there is no incentive to invest.
They are concerned (whether justifiably or not) about the setting up of illegal campsites which result in expensive clean-up operations being needed or simply that some people will stay for prolonged periods rather than just a single night or two.
They are concerned about the reactions of their local residents who might (whether reasonably or not) object to the presence of several large vehicles near where they live night after night.
They don't have suitable car parks available. Most UK car parks are designed for just that – cars, not larger vehicles. Many were designed and built in the 30 years following the end of the second world war when there were nowhere near as many motorhomes of the road as nowadays. Some of those car parks even have problems accommodating today's larger cars, never mind motorhomes. Town centre car parks were usually designed to serve the needs of shoppers and commuters, not tourists. Multi-storey car parks are almost certainly all out of the frame because the height between floors gives insufficient clearance for high vehicles.
We also have to consider whether there is actually a viable demand for Aires in the UK.
There are about 150,000 motorhomes in the UK so the number of people using motorhomes will be in the region of half a million. Even if all of those people were of the frame of mind to use Aires that is only about 0.8% of the population. It seems extremely unlikely that there would be sufficient motorhome visitors from abroad to significantly increase that proportion.
Of those people who wish to spend the night other than on a recognised camp site, what is the proportion who actually want to stay just for a single night or two and what is the proportion who want to stay for longer than that?
In the end, though, it comes down to my first couple of paragraphs. Either councils don't have the information or, for whatever reason, they have the wrong information and that won't change until someone puts in the effort to facilitate change. People who want to see Aire facilities need to put together a case which will convince their local councillors and council officers. It takes significant effort and it takes a fair amount of time but it won't happen any other way.