A PARKING area which allows the overnight camping of motorhomes is being designated in Whitby for a one year trial.
If there are no objections the scheme could start next week and see motorhomes and campers being legally allowed to park up overnight at the Marina Back car park for a charge of £10 per night.
Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) has admitted that the current controls and legislations are ineffective and the new suggestion comes from a review group set up specifically to deal with the council’s car parking operations.
A report with the recommendation of a specific site for motorhomes was discussed at a meeting yesterday but the final decision will rest with a senior council officer.
If there are no objections to the proposals they will be implemented from Wednesday.
Motorhomes will be charged the £10 fee to park at the car park, towards the rear of the Co-op, between the hours of 11pm and 7am.
Between those same times motorhomes will also be banned from parking at the following car parks - Pavilion top and drive, West Cliff, Church Street, Endeavour Wharf and Marina front.
The move follows restrictions which, recently confirmed by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), which limits motor homes and campers from parking on selected streets in and around Whitby such as Sandsend Beach front, North Promenade, east terrace, Royal Crescent and Church Street.
New signs outlining the amended Traffic Regulation Order have been ordered after SBC admitted that the previous rules were ineffective.
It said: “The difficulty with enforcement is proving that the motor caravan is occupied overnight, this coupled with lack of signage results in the current restrictions being ineffective.”
Similar procedures are set to be put in place in Scarborough and Filey.
SBC added the parking review group has discussed motor caravan parking at length over the past three years and have been joined in their concern about the level of this activity by local traders and residents but had also had correspondence from owners of motorhomes who want dedicated provision without constraints.