Welcome the vans
I SEE in last week's Target (September 25) that Councillor Colin Davie says "these new gateways will undoubtedly help draw new visitors to the coast" and "that we are working hard to keep people coming all the year round".
On page four we have a headline "barriers go up to the overnight parkers" and the councillor refers to the camper vans who "park for free" and "who are contributing nothing at all to the local economy".
Where does he think they are buying their food and petrol from? Parking for free – have you never accepted a freebie when offered?
I can understand where he is coming from but he fails to see the obstacles that are in place if you visit the area in a camper van. How many caravan sites have signs saying Camper Vans Welcome? How many sites are open all the year round? How many sites want camper vans "chewing up" the grass when wet?
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You have to remember that the camper van is also the main means of transport.
How many sites of interest that he mentions are available to these people to visit – none.
How many car parks can they park in our local towns? Very few. Are they signposted? No
Are they all the freebooters that he implies? No. Are they welcome on the east coast? Not by this council. Do they spend money when they visit a holiday resort? Yes – but not this one.