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Plans in place to allow 24-hour Caithness motorhome stopovers for £5

Provisional locations of council car parks where motorhome visitors can stay overnight have been agreed by members of the Caithness Committee.

In a move to improve the visitor experience, invitation to pay machines will be introduced at seven locations following the successful roll-out of this approach in other Highland Council areas.

Dunnet Head, Dunnet Seadrift, Noss Head, Duncansby Head, Reiss Beach, Camps and Riverside have been named as the proposed locations.

Committee members also agreed the suggested tariffs to be used on a voluntary basis from Monday to Sunday between 8am and 8pm.

The plans suggest that a two-hour stay would cost £3 and a 24-hour stay £5.

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Currently council regulated car parks generally ban overnight stays by motorhomes.

After discussion at Highland Council Tourism Committee, Members have agreed to take a pragmatic approach to additional parking provision for motorhome visitors across the Highlands.

The goal is to allow motorhomes to occupy a designated  bay in specific council car parks for a maximum stay period of 24-hours for a modest fee.

Ticket machines that can take cash and card payments will be installed in each selected car park with signage inviting payment.

Chair of the committee, Cllr Raymond Bremner said: “It is important that we reocgnise that this is an invitation to pay voluntarily.

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“Local members have sought assurances that this is not enforceable charging by the back door at a later date which many in our local community have said they do not want.

“What this will do is allow the local community to benefit from a new income stream that will be wholly based on a suggested voluntary tarriff.

“We will be keen to monitor how effective it is and ensure that communication is maintained with the local community councils.”

It follows news of other similar plans in Gwynedd and Northumberland, also announced this week.

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