New bye-laws set to inflame car park row
THE LONG-RUNNING dispute between motor- home owners and Lincolnshire County Council is stepping up a gear, as new bye-laws are introduced this week.
Coming into force on October 24, the laws will make it illegal to leave a motor vehicle in specific coastal car parks between the hours of 10pm and 6am.
The six sites are Anderby Creek, Wolla Bank, Marsh Yard, Moggs Eye, Huttoft Car Terrace and Chapel Six Marsh.
The bye-laws will also make it against the law to use a tent in undesignated areas.
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Anyone caught breaking these restrictions will be subject to a maximum fine of £500.
Height restriction barriers, costing £1,200 each, have been erected by LCC in an attempt to stop motorhome users from staying overnight in the car parks.
However, in the last few months, the barrier at Moggs Eye has been forcibly removed twice, while the barrier at Huttoft Car Terrace is currently being repaired following a similar act of vandalism.
The debate surrounding overnight parking in coastal car parks has split opinion among East Lindsey Target readers.
Some say motorhomes are tourists providing a vital contribution to the local economy, while others, whose main points of contention are increased noise levels and littering, have supported the council's tough stance.
Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for the environment at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We are pleased that the secretary of state has signed the new by laws.
"They will give us the powers necessary to police the car parks and that will be good for the local community.
"If people park illegally they will be prosecuted."
Rob Ganley, editor of Practical Motorhome, said a number of private land owners and local authorities 'turn a blind eye' to caravans parking illegally because of the benefits they bring to the local economy.
He said: "Motorhome users are proven to be a welcome injection of income into any area.
"They spend a lot of money in the local economy - they spend on groceries, and on drinking and eating out.
"It is a shame that people should be forced to use a campsite at £20 or £30 a night when they may be operating on a pension.
"In general, motorhome owners as a breed are very careful and considerate in terms of leaving a place in a tidy state.
"It will have a detrimental effect on people wanting to visit and spend money in the area."