Southwold Motorhome Ban – Or maybe not now

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  1. Andrew and Shirley

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    Southwold Motorhome Ban – Or maybe not now

    Today I took up the poison chalice to represent motorhome owners following further adverse publicity which will result in the proposed ban on overnight parking in Southwold.

    I met (off the record) with Suffolk County Council and put forward a case why overnight parking should not be banned.

    After a very honest and frank meeting Suffolk County Council put forward a proposal to allow between 6-8 spaces for overnight parking which includes sleeping, cooking etc.

    They have further invite me to meet with Waveney District Council to look at another 10+ spaces nearby. The only problem with this is that the District Council own the local campsite, so clearly could have a conflict of interest.

    My next project is to meet with the very awkward Ipswich Borough Council, which have up to 100 potential spaces, right in the Town Centre. Presently the regulations allow HGV’s to eat, sleep and cook in their vehicles but not motorhomes. Watch this space.

    If anyone locally would like to help me with the overall issue of overnight motorhome parking in Suffolk, please feel free to PM me.
     
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    Well done, we used spend regular wisits to Aldeburgh nearby (now we take our custom elsewhere), about time someone talked some sense to these people,:thumb:

    Regards Richard
     
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    We live near Stoke by Nayland (Leavenheath) - wouldn't mind helping out. Problem is.....I'm in Tokyo just right now - back next week.
     
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    Hi Andrew and Shirley, well done! Not surprised about Ipswich council, some ok guys but a lot of jobsworths can only wish you the best of luck dealing with them.

    Curious as to where 100 odd site for motorhomes in the town centre are though? if your thinking of Cox lane and the adjacent one behind the now defunct woolies, I wouldn't feel safe myself sleeping there due to the close proximity of the night clubs, a better place might be one of the three park and rides, although only the one Tesco doesn't have a height barrier they all have toilets, so water and dump facilities wouldn't be a problem.

    The one at the Anglia retail park, that's the one near ASDA is close to a travellers site so might be a bit iffy.

    Olley
     
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    Well done Andrew & Shirley.

    If I can be of any help you know where I am.

    Graham
     
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    Thank you Andrew and Shirley. Well done.
    It's nice to know that SCC are listening but as you say it's the boroughs/districts that are deaf.
    Sandy
     
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    Olley

    I managed to get the barrier at Tesco removed despite concerns about travellers.
    We are discussing making this an aires but one has to take things slowly.

    As for the sites, the first one is in Portman Road opp The Cobbold Stand which we have asked for 5-10 spaces.
    Next the newly proposed lorry park
    Land up at Asda on Whitehouse Ind
    Nacton - On the private estate on the old Ransomes Euro Park

    If I get the Boro to gives just one and prove its worth the next will follow.
     
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    Cannot be any help as I tend towards the volatile at these meetings ( I have little time for fools or those with their heads up their own importance ) but I do wish you well with it..

    Perhaps we could organise a bit of a club together to cover expenses ? No idea of the protocol on here so if I am out of order please feel free to delete the post..
    I have no personal interest as Richard ( Villageguitars ) goes there so it must be a REALLY boring place but it is important and a few beer tokens chucked in the pot to help cover your x's will not break even my meagre bank ! ::bigsmile:
     
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    Hi Andrew and Shirley it sounds like you are doing a grand job, Is it their intension in Southwold to ban all motor homes from any overnight stops or are we still able to stay on the council run site in the town.
    The biggest loss on the Suffolk coast was the Aldeburgh ban. If you could do anything about that one it would make a lot of people very happy.:thumb:
     
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    I've heard of Waveney DC before - in connection with a beach - and what I heard does not make me particularly hopeful, I have to say.

    How is this campaign going?
     
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    Well done Andrew & Shirley

    Unfortunately I'm not in Suffolk for a while but I'll keep watching this thread and let you know. I could write a letter if that would help. Just give us the details, who to and maybe a rough idea of what to say.
     

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