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Bembridge Harbour to restrict campervan access on Isle of Wight

Work has begun to restrict overnight motorhome and campervan access in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.

Local residents expressed concern about the numbers which have been parking on the former gravel pit of land, owned by Bembridge Harbour.

They say there are no toilet facilities there and also claim rubbish has been dumped on the highway to be collected by the council.

Some vehicles have allegedly remained there for more than a year.

The parish council say they have no jurisdiction on the land as it is privately owned, but this week Malcolm Thorpe, owner of Bembridge Harbour, confirmed: “Work has started to erect Harris Fencing around the site.

“A lot of the camper vans which were there have gone; however there are three or four whose owners work locally and, by choice, are living in the vans.

“They are nice people in their late 20s or early 30s and I have no problem with them staying on.

“There is a national app for camper van users where they can find places to park overnight free, so we are putting out messages on there to say they are not welcome on this ground because we want to deter them.

“If they then decide to park there overnight, they will have to pay.

“However, this weekend there is a regatta at Brading Haven Yacht Club, and there will be access for yachts to be kept at The Point and the local lads there on site will keep an eye on them.

“I am happy to work with the parish council and local community if they will give me their support.”

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1 comment

Sue Grant July 29, 2023 at 9:47 am

How sad Bembridge that a few people have ruined a lovely area We walk there frequently and it’s lovely seeing the campers and there and they always seem such a friendly bunch.


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