Why Height Barriers?

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    Why Height Barriers?
    Early morning visit to Aldeburgh recently. Great spot adjacent to the sea only a five minute walk into the town.
    Sensible parking laws allow motorhomes of any size to park alongside the cars adjacent to the sea shore . No mechanicle restrictions no height barriers and it is all totally free. Brilliant! But for how long???

    I guess that literacy is not a requirement of owning a motor home.
     

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    I think you will see from another post height barriers are about to be fitted.
     
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    Overnighting used to be permitted at this location, we used it many times. The reasons given for banning were rubbish and toilets being emptied on the beach .. which is a shame, it is a lovely spot and there is a public toilet within walking distance .. but as we have read on another post the No Camping sign was removed, hence the need for height barriers. No doubt this will happen here..
     
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    Why ?

    Again a few morons spoiled it for the many.............

    I noticed many low barriers or even bridges,when looking for car parks and wild spots,on the coast of Spain,i thought then WHY ? i would be spending time and money there,but if other morons have stayed there before me,made a mess or emptied their wastes,then what do you expect,a great shame really that WE are be coralled into campsites,that sometimes cost more than a holiday stay (with flights ) !!


    I have to add,that many car owners who use these spaces,empty ash trays,dump their rubbish and food stuffs etc,and of course the motorhomers have had the blame.

    Sad days.....
     
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    Totally agree Jim I too have spent many nights and still spend many days at this lovely spot. Whatever the reasons were for the ban up on the sea wall its history but I was surprised that the abuse went on for as long as it did before the ban.
    It’s the lower level that is now being abused, still a great day parking spot but it is being abused by probably the same free loaders that complain about the sea wall ban. If the council made the signage any bigger it would become a hazarded to aircraft yet they are still free loading.
    I’ve not been able to trace the post regarding the height barrier proposal could you give me a clue please.:thumb:
     
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    Hi
    I was referring to the Bamburgh castle thread where the No Camping sign was removed and they were now installing the barrier.. , no info for Aldeburgh ..
     
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    This is what was happening to overnight lorry parking 30 years ago.

    As more councils placed restrictions, it overloaded the parking elsewhere, and the whole thing snowballs.

    Now lorry drivers end up having to stop in remote laybys, and lorry theft has reached record levels. (just like shoplifting, we all pay for that on the price of our goods)

    If you think its bad trying to find sites for a motorcaravan, think what its like in a vehicle 3 times as long, the economic necessity of keeping going until your time is up, and an electronic tachograph dictating you must stop as soon as your time is up or face prosecution.

    Despite a £25 parking charge for a noisy pitch, lorry parks on the motorway services are usually full by the early evening.
     
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    Suffolk Coastal Council (the district in which Aldeburgh lies) have been at least as helpful as any other council (and much more helpful than most) in both providing information to me for the parking website and in providing, where possible, parking for motorhomes.

    The officer in charge has made a point of contacting me, without being asked, whenever any significant change in parking rules has occurred, so that I can add it to my website. She has also made sure that the information is kept up to date on the council's web site.

    On top of that she has gone out of her way to try to find places for motorhomes to park, especially smaller ones. As she said to me "some smaller models are no bigger than a large car and it seems unreasonable to prevent these vehicles using the car parks especially as they seem to be particularly popular with the elderly and mobility impaired."

    That sort of approach by a council officer has to be applauded and does not deserve to be answered with ignorance of signs and other abuse.

    Graham
     
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    Funny you mention lorry parks. I was speaking to a free loader in a motor home last year. He had stopped at the Orwell Crossing Lorry Park for a shower and top up with water etc. then settled down for the night. This lorry park is a bit special it has 14 showers a bar that sells a pint at £2 and has some good entertainment so it is very popular with Lorries for Felixstowe docks. He was telling me that he had an argument with some idiot in a yellow jacket that woke him up at midnight demanding £14 as he wasn’t displaying a ticket. No way was he paying that so he woke the family up and drove to the nearest lay-by. Little wonder we get a bad press. :Eeek:
     
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    Of course it wasn't his fault for stopping without checking whether and how much he had to pay I suppose :Eeek:

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    I'm regular visitor to Suffolk and never had a problem with parking so it looks like she is doing a good job.
    Great website by the way Graham, I see that the £14 to stay at the Orwell crossing lorry park includes a £3 meal ticket, good deal.:thumb:
     
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    Please don't tell the world how nice it is.. :Doh:

    we loved it so much we now live here,.. and I'm not saying where, don't want a load of free loaders on the door step :Laughing:
     
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    Can you post the sat nav co-ordinates please Jim - then we know where not to go :Laughing: :Laughing:

    Graham
     
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    can do better and post the Google street view ... not :Laughing:

    on a serious note, since moving here and having time to nosey around in a small car I've found some great overnight spots, but to post them would have them end up like Aldeburgh ..:Sad:
     
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    Hats off to this lady. Would there were more like her.
     
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    My sincere apologies Jim I don’t know what came over me. This is my greatest secret also. I don’t even tell my wife where I have been.:Doh:
     
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    [FONT=&quot]Another weekend in Suffolk, sitting in the car park at Dunwich, sun is shining very nice.
    I stopped off in Aldeburgh earlier today and no change with the parking restrictions as suggested. Still a number of "wild campers" sleeping along the base of the sea wall and a few sleeping along the high street. It doesn’t pay to treat people like adults. They just laugh at you.
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    Well observed G.J.H., the councils do not deserve to be abused and in fact it becomes counter productive and they are more inclined to be more anti motorhome. It is a bit like training a child, ignore the bad behaviour but praise the good. It doesn't hurt to call in to local council offices in some of these smaller towns and tell them that you have just been shopping in their town and pass on your good wishes to the department who made motorhome parking available in that town. Everybody likes praise and COUNCILS DO TALK TO EACH OTHER. Word sreads and it is a very positive way of communicating the needs of motorhomers. Adrian. (Movin' on)
     
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    Whenever I read these kinds of threads I just shake my head.
    All people go on about is pay pay pay.
    And if your motorhome is bigger than a van then you are considered badly even more so.
    Just tell me anyone, how much tax one pays on a new 68k motorhome?
    And then there is the road tax.
    So why should anyone pay? they have already been payed through the tax system including road tax ect ect.
    All the system wants to do is pimp us like economical slaves but when we want somewhere to park and sleep usually in some run down second rate car park most of the time bacause its near a bit of water with a bit of a view we have to pay!
    Its no wonder Gypsies/Travellers just whip out the grinder and remove the heigh barriers lock.
    Like someone has said its people in cars who create the mess as most motorhomers are mindfull.
    Gosh yes the lady from the council might be rare but not to my detriment as the councils have a choice,get with the program or people will say ENOUGH and more motorhomes will include a free grinder.:Blush:
    Why the hell should I stay on a site if I choose not too?
    F em.
     
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