National Trust member criticises new parking charges

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Councils up and down the country have been debating whether to allow additional facilities to be designated to drivers who visit areas with a campervan or a motorhome. Some including Gwynedd and Llandudno in North Wales, Northumberland and Grimsby are all considering plans to allow leisure vehicles to park in certain areas.

It is believed that these plans will help manage motorhomes and campervans more efficiently as tourism in the UK begins to return to normal.

Many have been calling on local councils to provide motorhome owners with access to car parks over the winter as a place to stay.

Some seaside towns that rely heavily on tourism have granted some drivers the ability to stay in local car parks overnight.

With this, additional income will be generated for council and local businesses will benefit from the extra revenue and footfall.

Recently, plans were announced to develop six pilot sites in areas outside Snowdonia National Park.

The sites will be set up on council car parks that are usually empty overnight, and will offer basic waste disposal and water facilities.

The plans have been met with positive reactions, as one couple praised the move, saying it would be “a breath of fresh air”.

One motorhome owner, Sian, said: “It was great to have the freedom to park overnight in Machynlleth, to have a few drinks in the rugby club and then get a takeaway.

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“While there, we visited the butchers and the Co-op for provisions for the following three nights at Coed y Brenin at a campsite with limited facilities.

“From what I gather, (visitors) prefer their own space.

“Car parks in towns and villages are ideal for motorhome owners as it’s easy to walk to local amenities or have a drink at a pub without having to drive back.

“The vast majority of owners would be more than happy to pay for parking. It would bring in revenue for councils and boost local trade.

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