I have recently returned from a holiday in the Odemira district of the Alentejo in Portugal.
While visiting the town of Vila Nova de Milfontes which is on the Atlantic coast we were interested to read this notice and see the barriers which have been erected.
My husband and I have been visiting the town for several years and during the summer months the parking situation has become very difficult.
Until this year the town has been heavily populated with mobile homes and caravans filling every available open space and taking up much of the valuable general parking space.
There are no parking charges in the town but over the years, during the summer, it has become increasingly difficult for families to park their cars to enjoy time on the beach or in the local shops, cafes and restaurants.
Last week, although the town was still very busy there was no problem with parking and the car parks were free of camper vans and mobile homes!
I have no idea what article 13 states in Portugal but the notices and, where applicable, the barriers have certainly had the desired effect. Mobile homes and caravans are now being parked on designated sites rather than filling the free prime cliff-top sites for days or weeks at a time .
Perhaps Scarborough Borough Council and Whitby Town Council could find time to look into this matter further. There must be something we could learn from this and take appropriate action.
Rosina Rothwell, Mulgrave Road, Whitby by email