Move to get motor home owners to clear mess

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 September 2012

A motor home

A motor home

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MOTOR homes staying overnight in car parks and leaving mess behind in the mornings need to be subject to stricter rules, according to a Weston business leader.

Keith Fearn, chairman of the town’s hotel and restaurant association, said several motor homes were parked in Madeira car park in Madeira Road on Friday night.

He said: “It is the litter and the mess they leave behind that is the problem.”

He has called on North Somerset Council to ensure car parks are policed late at night to deter campers.

He said: “It is something that needs to be looked at. I don’t know how the council looks at it, whether it’s alright as long as the vehicle has a ticket in the window.

“I think the council needs to enforce the car parks a bit more late at night.

“I would have thought with motor homes, you can see the gas canisters and it is obvious someone is sleeping in it.

“But the campers know at midnight they will be alright.”

He said a van had been broken into in Madeira car park on Friday night.

Mr Fearn added: “There could be a connection between the two.”

Last week the Mercury reported how the council had given the green light to Beach Race organisers RHL to use Beach Lawns as a camp site during the event in October for motor homes, camper vans and tents.

It is a decision backed by Mr Fearn – as long as the campers are properly managed.

He said: “If the organisers are going to put it on Beach Lawns, that would be the best place because at least then they can look at it and manage it.

“I think it is a good thing to take them away from the car parks, as long as the organisers watch it and make sure there is no extra noise or rubbish.”

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