I agree with all of that, but what arguments swayed the council to make their decision?full story
17 September 2014
THE DECISION to ban motorhomes and campervans from Aberystwyth’s south promenade was greeted with dismay by their owners.
Percy Broome and Mary Shepherd from Crewe said this move could affect their decision on whether or not to return to the area.
“If we come again, obviously we will have to find somewhere else to park, but it may be that we don’t come again because of this,” said Percy.
“Motorhome users spend a lot of money at shops and restaurants on the seafront, so I think if overnight parking is banned a lot of these businesses will suffer.”
Percy has been a frequent visitor to Aberystwyth in recent years.
He has brought Mary with him this year for her first visit, but she said she wouldn’t want to return without a place to park their motorhome.
She said: “I love it here, it’s the first time I’ve been here and I’d love to come back, but if there is nowhere to park overnight then I don’t think we’ll bother.”
Bertie and Linda Brookes from Worcestershire are also regular visitors to the area and they say a change in parking rules wouldn’t affect their decision to come back.
“We’ve taken our campervan all over Devon, to places like Exmouth and Seaton, and we’ve never had a problem parking on the promenade there,” said Bertie, whose father is from nearby Machynlleth.
“I hope they don’t change the rules as the revenue they would lose would be phenomenal, but we love it here, we’ve been coming here too long to stop.”
Linda said they were more than happy to make alternative arrangements for their campervan should overnight parking on the promenade be banned.
“We’ll respect whatever decision is made and if that means we find somewhere else to park, we will do that,” she said.
“Because we’ve been coming here for so long, we’ve made friends here who have told us we are free to park on their drives if we need to.”
Another motorhome user, who did not want to be named, said he did not see why overnight parking had to be banned.
He said: “If people are parking here for several months then I can understand wanting to move them on, but I don’t see the harm in parking here for a couple of nights.
“If people are clean and are not dumping their rubbish everywhere then I really don’t see the problem with them parking here.”
Nimby's and local business interests plus a few people giving everyone a bad name and thus the excuse for the the Nimbys to kick up a stink. And the tabloids. Miserable lotI agree with all of that, but what arguments swayed the council to make their decision?