Again a not very well worded petition. There are lots of places to park overnight but in most you are not permitted to occupy the vehicle. Are they asking for Parking Places? or Aire type provision with or without services?
I have just come across this petition about Motorhome Parking. Maybe it is on here, but I have missed it and the numbers are going up!
create allocated overnight parking areas for motorhomes & campers across the uk - Petitions
Yes, it's the same one from a few weeks ago.
The main point, as I see it, is that: "At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition" and, I hope, that at the least the govt will respond with reasons why these things can not be done.
I think that a parliamentary debate is guaranteed if signatures reach 100,000 which I think is an impossible target. I'd be happy to see 10,000 and a govt response of any kind. Any statement will be better than official silence - or the lies we routinely receive from authority.
Let's get to 10,000 and not bother too much about whether the petition has a chance of success or how vague or badly worded it is. A govt response is a success. Gives us a basis for future negotiations.
Did it last time .
The reply is that it is up to Local Authorities not central Government to provide or enable the provision of such activities. Local Authorities hide behind the provisions of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (amended 1968).
I have contacted over 400 Local Authorities on Parking provision as well as overnight provision. Few have any interest and most will simply quote their existing Traffic Regulation Orders, banning, the occupation of vehicles in parking places, Camping, Preparing or eating food in parked vehicles or sleeping in parked vehicles. Other will state there are plenty of caravan sites available in their area.
There is no real desire in the majority of motorhome/campervan owners, to get off the backside and do anything about this.
Last edited by John Thompson; 20-03-2017 at 15:25.
Pointless as its local councils that decide this kind of thing not Governments. Efforts would be better spent lobbying local councils and providing proof of concept. (if there are any working Aire success stories in the UK that is). Many have tried and failed though and its a real uphill struggle.
I have quoted these to the authorities, but it will be a slow process to get more to follow. It has to be a local effort, not simply sticking your name on a petition and forgetting about it, or waiting for others to do the work for you.
It costs about £50,000 to provide a separate parking Aire with services (Site works etc). A Borne terminal alone costs £5,000 plus the installation and maintenance. These figures obtain using the Freedom Of Information Act from the Authorities in Northern Ireland. Before anyone says it can be provided at less expense UK Planning regulations will not allow other options. Many car parks have covenants on them limiting their use.
Last edited by John Thompson; 20-03-2017 at 15:49.
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