An overnight parking ban Yellowcraig beach is to be extended half a mile inland in a bid to make the walk to the beach ‘too far’ for campers.
East Lothian Council introduced an 18-month temporary ban on overnight parking in its coastal car parks in January.
A meeting of the council’s cabinet last week heard that it had led to a “significant reduction” in people camping on vulnerable and protected areas.
Councillors were asked to approve a series of parking restrictions and speed limit changes across the county including at Yellowcraig.
Ian Lennock, the council’s road assets manager, told the meeting: “One of the issues we found with Yellowcraig, in particular, is with people parking just outside the [prohibited] area of Ware Road which is restricted by yellow lines.
“Without wanting to extend yellow lines across the county, it is felt that taking it a little further back will reduce the likelihood that people will park on that road and still be willing to walk to the beach carrying their camping equipment and all the ancillaries that go with that.”
The parking restriction would extend from the car park to Eel Burn Bridge on Ware Road – a distance of 0.6 miles.
Concerns about speeding at Longniddry and West Barns saw plans to introduce further speed reductions put forward by officers as well as parking restrictions across the county in areas where issues with indiscriminate parking had been identified.
The proposed new restrictions also included a waiting restriction on two disabled parking bays outside the Co-op in East Linton and lifeboat crew-only spaces to be created outside North Berwick lifeboat station.
Council officers also plan to close off a lay-by at Peffer Burn, Drem, which has become a target for flytippers.
The restrictions were unanimously approved by cabinet members.