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Council to spend £30,000 on campervan and motorhome restrictions

Lytham St Annes promenade

Plans to address overnight motorhome parking along Lytham St Annes promenade continue to develop, as Fylde Council resolve to part-fund the works required.

Fylde Council’s Executive Committee has approved a budget contribution of up to £30,000 towards the costs of implementing on-street parking restrictions laid out in a proposed Lancashire County Council Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

The TRO would prevent campervans and motorhomes from waiting on the roadside along the St Annes promenade and on some adjoining roads between 6pm and 8am, as well as introducing other parking amendments to address various concerns raised by residents and business owners.

Cllr Michelle Morris, lead member for customer and operational services, said: “I welcome this excellent news.

“As a Council we’re very pleased to be making progress on an issue of such importance to our residents and hoteliers, and we will be certain to represent their views to Lancashire County Council as the proposal is developed further.”

As the Local Highway Authority, Lancashire County Council manage on-street parking in Fylde, including the implementation and enforcement of on-street parking restrictions.

Lancashire County Council’s estimated costs, including signage, posts, lining and other requirements, is around £60,000.

With the newly approved monies, Fylde Council has agreed to part-fund the work up to a capped contribution of £30,000.

The changes implied by the TRO would include the introduction of an overnight motorhome ban as well as the creation of a coach stand near St Annes Pier and a bus bay at AKS Lytham.

Overnight parking in Lytham St Annes

New provision for motorhome overnight parking was recently introduced in designated bays on Fairhaven Road Car Park as part of an 18-month trial, adding to the existing motorhome overnight parking bays available at the St Pauls Avenue, St Annes Swimming Pool, North Promenade, and North Beach Car Parks.

Motorhomes and campervans can stay overnight for up to 48hrs maximum and must be parked in a designated motorhome bay.

Overnight motorhome parking (any time between 7pm and 9am the following day) in a standard bay is not permitted.

A sluice unit for use by campers is provided approximate 500m North of St Annes Swimming Pool Car Park at North Promenade car park in the public WCs.

20 minutes free parking is provided in a designated bay beside the building and a £1 charge must be made for use of the facility. Currently no water supply is provided.

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5 comments

Lynda Broadbent December 15, 2023 at 10:09 am

A number of the articles about England appear to be about restrictions or prohibition of motorhome parking. Knowing St Annes, I can imagine the owners of the grand houses don’t want to look out on several motorhomes or campers. As for hotels and businesses complaining, MH owners are unlikely ever to stay in the hotels, however they might spend their money in the hotel restaurants and the bars in the town, of which there are numerous. Also, £15 is an extortionate parking fee for overnight with no facilities. Why are our councils so backward looking?

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Charles Shelbourne December 15, 2023 at 2:50 pm

It seems the council is acting a bit prematurely in spending that money on prevention when there are now 5 motorhome stopover sites in the area which they have just set up for all the touring motorhomes and campervans to use. If the overnight parking charges are reasonable these park up places should entice them in, but from what I have read on SearchForSites these charges are too high as it’s free ‘up the road’.
Cheaper overnight charges would mean there’s more that can be spent in the local businesses.
If the council can assess the situation now and learn it might realise it wasn’t worth spending £60,000 on signage etc.

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Alan Ferris December 15, 2023 at 4:18 pm

In regard to the parking restrictions about to be implemented in Lytham St Annes, it has to be said that the council are using a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ and it’s totally unnecessary.

I completely understand why the residents of properties along the sea front don’t want lots of campervans & motorhomes spoiling their view, but banning them altogether (from 6pm until 8am) is going to rob local businesses of valuable income at the busiest time of the day. Take a look around St Annes (away from the High Street) and you will see lots of struggling businesses and empty shops .The ‘cost of living crisis’ is already causing severe hardship Surely the last thing the business owners need is less customers!

I would ask all interested parties to bear in mind that the motorhome and camping community pay thousands of £££ to own and maintaiin their vehicles and wherever they go, they spend good money on fuel, servicing, food and supplies, in the local shops. We have the means to pay for what we need, if the charges are reasonable and the facilities offered, match our needs. Banning us from parking in the area from 6pm to 8am will just force us to eat, drink and spend our money in other towns, where we are welcome.

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katey jane andrews December 16, 2023 at 12:17 am

Its England who gives a fuck!

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Alan Ferris January 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm

I wouldn’t have used that language, but Katey is right. The comments I made on the 15th Dec 23 (as shown above) were forwarded to the Council via their suggested means, and completely ignored. No-one on the council contacted me to discuss my comments or those of others that they received. The Council have shown zero interest in any of the constructive suggestions made – and this is the real problem in the UK. No-one listens!. We are no longer a democracy!. So when the signs go up and it gets to 6pm we will simply take our vehicke, and our money and go elsewhere to spend it.

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