A picture tells a thousand words. Except when the picture is fake. I've no idea of this picture is fake or not – but when similar complaints were laid against us in Keswick the local paper supported the complaints with a “stock” photo.
Similar charges at Dornoch six years ago were not supported by any evidence and there was no evidence of public concern - no complaints that I remember. The concern was all from a local campsite owner. I took the opportunity of emailing him at the time and his response was to tell me never to email him again.
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I think the real reason will be the one I've come to expect. It's the same complaints as six years ago – unfounded then and probably the same now. And probaby from the same businesman.
“They’ve driven past the entrance to a perfectly good caravan and camping park at Dornoch with showers and toilets to park wild, and for free, on public land. “
He's hit on the one thing guaranteed to cause irritation to all true Britons – somebody seemingly gettng something for free.
The picture shows only one campervan and some sort of tent. Taking up a bit of room, untidily, it mus be said.
We're too quick to take the blame on ourselves.
No, Never been there. Won't be going either.
Street view shows it's miles from anywhere. Well, maybe a mile to the nearest house. Only one campervan in the streetview picture too.
I got involved in the discussions a few years ago and the information I had then was that few locals had any concerns – one or two golfers, I think. I made a few suggestions to the campsite owner (rejected) and a l;ittle correspondence with the local councillor. “Polly” - member here at the time - had face to face discussions with the local councillor – she was also a member, as was I, of the tmcto.
Interesting that your friends own a house there. You'll not mind me asking; is it a holiday home they own? Experience shows that holiday home owners are more likely to be anti-motorhomers than residents.
I guess this is just anoher one to be lost. One day we'll lose the last one.
Car park is only a short walk from the village and not miles from anywhere.
Last edited by caledonia; 15-07-2019 at 18:56.
Scotland has loads of beautiful places to wild camp and if the locals don’t want you respect their wishes move on and go somewhere else. Life’s to short to be arguing with councillors just get out there and enjoy yourself.
There is never any documentary evidence of residents, in any numbers, complaining about motorhomers. I have any number of councils claiming outrage from residents and never, ever, being able to provide proof. The council couldn't provide proof (Dornoch) a few years ago.
But, I see your reasoning for warnting this night stop at Dornoch to disappear. And I respect your views. Always, when this sort of thing arises then some of us agree that overnighting motohromes should be stopped in their particular location. One day the last one will be stopped.
I can help you. You could write to the council - and to your friends the residents - that the council institutes a Public Spaces Protection Order. Other councils have found that stops motorhomers immediately and completely PSPOs are easy, quick and cheap. They are insituted almost without scrutiny and create crimes. Councils love them.
And one day, the entire country will be covered by PSPOs and some of us will be completley happy.
Got that? PSPO - the council's friend.
Dornoch residents would be happy for people to arrive late and leave early is the taking up residence they object to. Scotland has loads of beautiful places to spend the night and we will never see an end to wildcamping when some estates and councils encourage it. I’m a glass half full guy but I guess your glass emptied a long time ago.
There are right now places which, without people defending us, would have been withdrawn. There are right now permitted parking places which, without people making things happen, would not now be permitted places.
About Dornoch, well, ou may be right. I can tell you though, that the same arguments were produced years ago and they were unfounded.
Now, if you know that Dornoch residents would be happy to see us, etc..... then do you have a way of helping ir to happen?
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