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Planned Hampshire restrictions to deter motorhomes and campervans

New motorhome and campervan parking restrictions and charges are being planned by Hampshire County Council.

Daytime parking charges have been proposed along Saltgrass Lane and New Lane in Keyhaven, as well as Marine Drive East and Marine Drive West in Barton.

On-street parking would be chargeable between 10am and 6pm, with a ban on overnight parking by campervans and mobile homes enforced between 8pm and 8am.

A number of spaces close to the Barton Court Avenue junction and outside seafront shops would remain free for a maximum one hour stay between 9am and 7pm.

The county council says it is set to launch public consultations on both schemes “in the coming weeks.”

Currently unrestricted, residents have complained of leisure vehicles lining the roads during the peak season, with up to 60 reported at one stage in Keyhaven.

In 2021 New Forest District Council took action to prevent wild camping at another area in Keyhaven with the introduction of parking charges for 25-35 spaces alongside a no-through road which crosses the Avon Water, near the yacht club.

Cllr Carpenter revealed that the latest HCC proposal could also involve extending double yellow lines to prevent parking in narrow sections of New Lane.

She said: “I know this has been talked about for a couple of years now, but I think the consultation will now begin fairly soon.

“The pay-and-display element of the plan will also generate revenue for the council if it is agreed.”

Speaking to local media, a Hampshire County Council spokesperson: “We are developing proposals with the aim of introducing pay-and-display seafront parking in both Barton and Keyhaven.

“These measures, if approved, will help to manage parking demand in these popular areas, whilst also tackling the issue of overnight parking which has been a cause of long-standing concern for residents.”

They added: “The revenue generated would cover the cost of implementing the schemes, and also operating them.

“We expect to advertise the proposals in the coming weeks… and this will provide an opportunity for people to make their views known.

“The proposed hourly parking charges are likely to be set at levels that match the tariffs that are already in place at nearby car parks under the management of the district council.”

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1 comment

katey jane andrews February 10, 2024 at 10:08 am

it shocks me this website gets no comments, or does it shock me giving the pure greed of people in this country.

Best way to deal with life in the uk, put walls up around every village and town.

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