Motorhomes Motor to the South Hams
South Hams District Council have unanimously agreed to progress their amended 12-month pilot motorhome plans, following Thursday's Executive committee meeting.
The District Council have agreed to the pilot scheme that will allow self-contained motorhomes and campervans, with their own toilet facilities, to stay at five South Hams car parks.
Following a comprehensive consultation with communities, which resulted in nearly 750 responses, the Executive adapted their original proposals. This has resulted in new recommendations before they agreed to the pilot scheme.
The Council are very clear that this scheme is only for self-contained motorhomes and campervans with their own on-board toilet facilities for a fee of £10 per night, overnight from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. The pilot will allow overnight sleeping for a maximum two-night consecutive stay with no return within 48 hours.
The following five car parks in these towns across the District are included in the pilot scheme:
· Ivybridge, Leonards Car Park
· Kingsbridge, Cattlemarket Car Park
· Modbury, Poundwell Meadow Overflow Car Park
· Totnes, Longmarsh Car Park
· Dartmouth, Park & Ride Car Park
The aim of the scheme is to support and increase local tourism. There are ever-increasing numbers of motorhomes and campervan users opting to use car parks and other locations for overnight stays in the South Hams. This is anticipated to increase because of restrictions on overseas travel due to the pandemic.
Cllr Keith Baldry, South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Environment, said: "Many businesses depend on tourists for their incomes and that is one of the key reasons why we are doing this pilot scheme, to try to encourage trade into our towns. The other reason is to help tourists who want to travel to the area without having to pre-book if they don't know where they want to stay in advance. This gives them the freedom to make the choice of where they want to stay for short periods of time and balances the needs of both residents and visitors. Both of which are exceptionally important to the Council.
"If we make it easier for those motorhome and campervan owners, who have their own toilet facilities on-board, to visit the South Hams when it's really busy and our campsites are full, then they will add to our local economy at a time when our businesses desperately need the extra support.
"We will put systems in place to ensure that visitors follow the rules, but they also have a responsibility to respect the sites they stay at and not to cause anti-social behaviour and we have confidence that they won't. It's up to them to make sure this works and we'll be there to support them."
Read more from the report which went to the Executive Committee here: www.southhams.gov.uk/Executive
Issued: 28 May 2021