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Wild camping “not permitted”, North Norfolk District Council warns campervan and motorhome owners

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Campervan and motorhome owners visiting North Norfolk have been warned not to ‘wild camp’ following a reported rise in complaints.

In a statement North Norfolk District Council said wild camping – under canvass or in a campervan – is not permitted in North Norfolk.

It follows recent incidents of people disposing of waste in public toilets, which claims causes damage and blockages to public facilities.

Collette Parker, Anglian Water community engagement manager, said: “Toilets of any kind or drains should never be used for disposal of waste from the chemical toilets of caravans, motorhomes and campervans.

“Many caravan parks and campsites now have specialist disposal systems which will take this kind of condensed waste.

“If incorrectly disposed of, chemical toilets can cause avoidable blockages in our pipe networks and disruption to everyone’s holiday.

“Be kind to our environment and help keep the pipes clear.”

While campervans and motorhomes can park on North Norfolk District Council operated car parks, sleeping in these vehicles or camping overnight is not permitted.

Penalty notices can be issued for overnight camping in council-owned car parks.

If a motorhome vehicle is too large for the bays, campervan and motorhome owners should buy tickets for two spaces, the council says.

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Cllr. Richard Kershaw said: “The district has a lot of places for you to camp legally with your motorhome or campervan from five pitch certified locations and seasonal sites through to large commercial sites with onsite leisure and retail facilities – so something for everyone.

“All these sites need to provide basic facilities such as water, refuse and wastewater.

“We, therefore, ask that you use these approved campsites rather than “wild camping” when visiting North Norfolk, so we can ensure that the amenity of our permanent residents and communities are respected and that our public toilets can remain open for all, throughout summer.”

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