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Campervan owners protest against new permit scheme trial in Jersey

Campervan owners in Jersey took part in a protest on Saturday amid frustrations about a new permit scheme trial.

The trial, brought in by Jersey States’ infrastructure department to manage the number of vehicles parked at Le Port overnight, bans overnight motorhome stays in Jersey except for a small number of spaces which will require owners to buy permits.

Conditions of the scheme include booking in advance, only arriving from 21:00 BST and leaving by 09:00 BST, parking in one of four designated spaces and only booking one night in every seven.

Paul Hymas, a campaigner for camping reform in Jersey, said: “I’m hoping that the next minister that takes the seat of infrastructure will see how many people want change, will listen to people, engage with people and have a public meeting.”

“I don’t feel that anybody’s going to be interested in the scheme that’s been provided in a bit of a rush. It’s unworkable.”

A government spokesperson said it was unable to comment on the scheme during the election period.

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