Lift the ban on motor homes and campers in New Polzeath car park.

Lift the ban on motor homes and campers in New Polzeath car park.

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Allen Muriel started this petition to cornwall council and

A situation has arisen in Polzeath this year since a long winded battle has been won by the millionaire holiday home owners who were relentlessly complaining about vans and motorhomes parking in the clifftop car parking spaces which spoil the view from their holiday letting properties.

Cornwall Council have this year re arranged the parking so that there are no spaces for larger vehicles, banned campers and vans from parking there and in any other car park between midnight and 9am.

Polzeath as much of the rest of Cornwall is a prime destination for campers from all walks of life. New Polzeath itself has always been considered a hidden gem amongst a huge community of surfers, walkers, fishermen, campers and the many other types of people who love, respect and enjoy the wonderful area that we are so lucky to call home.

But now, the council are dishing out tickets to any unsuspecting, innocent person who may venture down to the beach to enjoy its beauty before the tourists fill every last square inch of it with their rubbish and screaming children. To be accurate, the ticketing has been described as a frenzy by locals and it seems that the temporary residents have teamed up with the parking officer, so they call whenever they feel their view has been sufficiently impaired.

As the Head Chef of Surfside Restaurant on the beach this has already caused me numerous problems. Firstly, I have lost staff as they are no longer able to park there when commuting. I have nowhere to park myself as I drive a camper van and often require parking in the early mornings and overnight. I am not allowed to park my vehicle on the cliff, on the road, on the beach or in the car park nor anywhere else in the village as it is so small and heavily populated with tourists.

The masses of people from the camper-van community which have frequented the area for years no longer have anywhere to park, we have noticed a decline in trade since the ban on campers has been put into effect, not to mention the impact it is having on the surf community.

This is Holiday Gentrification and discrimination, the rich tourists and second home owners are pushing locals and other tourists away by throwing their weight around just because they don’t like seeing motorhomes parked on the spaces which have been used by many for decades. The Council have succumbed to their cries without considering the impact this would have on the surrounding area and community.

The solution could be so simple but has been overlooked, as usual, by Cornwall Council: Our neighbours in France provide motorhome rest areas across the country, not just in every beach town, but every town and village that you come across. The areas are simple, with large parking spaces, most have toilets and shower facilities, some have waste, recycling and washing too. Some are free and some are charged, but they all get used. Camping and van life is a huge part of the European culture and we Brit’s are missing a trick.

There is a huge flat car park set back from the cliff which could be used for motorhome parking and campers, without spoiling anyone’s view, the toilets (20p) are right there, and it is only a 2 minute walk from the beach, it would make for a perfect site.

We hope that they will wake up and join the 21st century, provide some basic facilities and embrace our culture. Bearing in mind how much taxes the Council must receive from the plethora of second homes and multi million pound developments in this area, I’m sure they could stretch their budget to cover some bins and a tap!

To top it off; the Council have this year removed the recycling and rubbish depot by the main toilet block on the beach, leaving the hundreds of tourists who visit the beach 6 household size bins to share for their dog waste and rubbish. As you can imagine, these are filled very quickly as people do not wish to carry their rubbish around with them all day.

Please help us by signing our petition, fighting to retain the van life culture that has thrived so long in this area.

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