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Pembrokeshire overnight campervan parking trial set for approval

A trial to allow motorhome and campervan users to park and sleep overnight at selected Pembrokeshire car parks looks set to get the go-ahead.

Members of the council’s Cabinet, at their February 12 meeting, have been recommended to back a proposal for a trial at four car parks: North Beach, Tenby; Goodwick Moor, Goodwick; Townsmoor, Narberth; and Western Way, Pembroke Dock.

The ‘Pembs Stop’ trial areas, available for up to two nights, would operate year-round at £10 a night for a trial 18-month period.

A report for members stresses the scheme is not intended to create ‘campsites,’ with a list a criteria including no LPG bottles or furniture to be stored outside, and no camping waste or recycling points being provided.

The report says: “Over the last few years there has been significant demand in the motorhome industry, resulting in increased numbers of motorhomes visiting Pembrokeshire.

“The parking services team are receiving requests for overnight stopovers in our car parks: parking is allowed; however, sleeping overnight is currently prohibited.

“The issues of motor home parking became particularly acute during the immediate period of Covid (summer 20220 and 2021).

“Some locations were highlighted – Manorbier and Newgale – where specific on street parking restrictions were introduced to prevent overnight on-street parking restrictions for example.

“There is extensive campsite provision to accommodate motorhomes within the county.

“However, there is still some feedback, particularly from motorhome user groups, that the provision for motorhomes is not as accessible as some desire.”

It’s expected that the new trial will likely run from July 1, subject to legal process, with a report back to Cabinet 12 months later.

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1 comment

katey jane andrews February 10, 2024 at 9:03 am

The end of full-time van living is slowly approaching, which means the council will have to provide me with a house of my choice, as I am truly a full-time van lifer with no sneaky address.

Furthermore, it states ‘no overnight sleeping,’ so you can stay there, read the newspaper all night, and be fine. You could do that if the signage is worded by a Mormon. Fines would never hold up in court.

Sadly, the van life community won’t band together due to the differences in class types of vans, as everyone believes they are better than everyone else in good old UK


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