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SHDC Press Release Issued: 23 April 2021 - (Now updated with contact details)
A proposal for a 12-month pilot scheme allowing self-contained motorhomes and campervans to stay at nine South Hams car parks has been discussed at the District Council’s Executive Committee.
A public consultation on the parking order will be held to find out the views of South Hams’ residents and visitors from 29th April until 20th May 2020.
With ever-increasing numbers of motorhomes and campervan users opting to use car parks and other locations for overnight stays in the South Hams, the proposal would allow overnight sleeping for a two-night consecutive stay with no return within 48 hours.
The Council proposes stays would be at certain car parks for self-contained motorhomes and campervans only for an overnight fee of £15 per night at Slapton, Torcross and North Sands, with £10 overnight for the remaining sites, overnight from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. The aim is to improve tourism, particularly important following the recent Covid pandemic when overseas travel is limited, and to boost the local economy.
The following car parks in these towns across the District will be included in the pilot scheme:
Following considerable demand for overnight parking by motorhomes at the Memorial car park in Slapton the Council would like to manage effectively the overnight sleeping while still providing visitors the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful location.
Therefore, the Council propose that the height barrier is lifted to only allow self-contained motorhomes and campervans, with on-board toilet facilities, to sleep overnight within the car park.
If antisocial behaviour happens during the trial at this car park, the Council will replace the height barrier and prevent overnight sleeping without notice or further consultation.
Before the proposals can take effect, the Council will be consulting members of the public on the proposals and the changes needed to the parking order.
The public consultation period goes live 29th April 2021 and SHDC are very keen to continue to receive the parish councils and residents views regarding this policy and would like to invite you to continue to make comments and representations in writing by 20th May latest by:
You can read more from the report to the Executive Committee here: www.southhams.gov.uk/Executive
Notes: A motorhome is defined as ‘a motor vehicle which is constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers or their effect and which contains as permanently installed equipment, the facilities which are reasonably necessary for enabling the vehicle to provide living accommodation for its users’.
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