Parking restrictions for beach race weekend
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 September 2015
A NUMBER of roads in Weston-super-Mare will be closed during the weekend of RHL Weston Beach race this year, to help prevent parking and noise problems for people living nearby.
The two-day event, organised by South Wales-based RHL Promotions, sees thousands of visitors flock to town to witness stunts and racing.
But, despite more than three decades of success, it also attracts complaints from residents about noise and parking, when campervans turn streets in the town centre into temporary camping spots.
North Somerset Council and the RHL Promotions have been in discussions to solve the problem.
The event will be in Weston on October 8-11 and this year, for the first time, seven roads will be closed for the duration of the beach race.
A spokesman from the council said: “This is a massive event with riders from around the world coming to Weston to compete.
“We have taken into account complaints we get from residents of noise and parking of campervans so we are trialling a number of road closures this year, for the first time.”
Council staff will be put in place to direct traffic to parking on the Beach Lawns and at Weston Golf Club and keep an eye on the residential roads.
The council spokesman said: “We will be monitoring the situation over the weekend and then can fine tune arrangements for future years if needed.”
The roads from Ellenborough Park North, up to and including Clarence Park South, and sections between Beach Road and Walliscote Road, will all be closed.
Gareth Hockey, of RHL Activities, said: “The council and RHL have worked hard together to ensure visitors and spectators of the beach race have an enjoyable weekend while not infringing on the privacy and parking areas of local residents.
“To help RHL riders and spectators to not fall foul of the road closures a discount on the premium parking areas has been secured for riders and pre-booked spectator tickets.
“Spaces are limited.”
The event is now in its 33rd year and will offer two days of quad bike, BMX and motocross action.
The main racing will take place on October 10 and 11, but there will be activities on offer in the build-up to the event for a week before and riders will start arriving on October 8.