An extremely concerned resident has documented their deep concerns to vividly illustrate and exemplify the continuing problem of camper vans which are parked from Granny’s Bay to the North Promenade. The resident, who has lived in in St Anne’s for over 18 years, observes that the potential problems with some of the motorhomes / vans is definitely worsening. The resident walks the family dog for many kilometres every day down on the beach and promenade and consequently observes is perceived to be going on…
The concerned resident takes up the story and writes:
‘The problems I think that are being raising concerns, are not being created by the owners who actually using the designated parking areas/spots in the carparks. These owners do tend to pay to park, knowing it is clearly free if they were to use the promenade. There is an argument to say they bring revenue into the area but I am not convinced, they tend to have all the food and drinks they need fully loaded up prior to setting up for the weekend, that is one of the main purposes and the nature of owning these types of vehicles. This is clearly visible in the summer time when they park up, getting out the picnic tables and begin to unpack bags from well-known supermarket chains, which clearly doesn’t benefit the local economy. It would be interesting to know if there is any data and statistics on how much revenue they generate in the shops and restaurants, apart from the obvious parking fees for the very limited spaces.
The real issues I see are from some (not all) of the ever-growing community of #Vanlife people, whom seem to now be permanent residents of the promenade and are parked in various spots from Granny’s bay to North Promenade and are there 24/7/365.
They tend to be mainly in the “free” areas closest to the town opposite the hotels. Personally, I think this looks terrible with vans and motorhomes of all shapes, sizes and condition, scattered all over the promenade. Last summer was notoriously bad as picnic tables and chairs were being set up on the pavements – almost blocking them at times. I would hope that this isn’t the way the council wants to promote tourism into the area.
These vehicles take up valuable parking spaces, tend to parked on the pavements, and they are dumping their grey water onto the roads creating a dirty stinking mess as can be clearly seen it attached photographs (shared below) of our lovely promenade areas. Some examples of the problems these are creating:
- Today we were literally nearly hit with the flying remnants of someone’s morning tea that was unceremoniously dumped from the passenger window of the motorhome (pavement side) with no respect to people who were walking near their van.
- Dumped Van – this blue van has now been parked in the same area for over 6 weeks seems to possibly have been dumped! The owner has moved into a different vehicle (silver transit) still in the same area of the promenade. The blue van has no MOT having failed in Jan23 for some serious structural issues (info can be found on the internet) Therefore, it is illegally parked / dumped on a public highway and the owner could be fined and the vehicle seized. I guess the owner is waiting for the council to declare it as dumped / scrapped so that he doesn’t have to pay any possible fees.
- Dirty stinking green water which looks like it is caused by these vans which are seeming parked on a permanent basis opposite the old Lindum and the Grand Hotels, they are dumping grey (dirty) water out onto the roads.
- Dumped caravan – the owner stripped the caravan and proceeded to put all the bits into a White Bedford box van that can still be seen in the area parked up. The council was forced to have to remove the caravan.
I have never understood why we do not have a promenade parking charge and residents passes for St Anne’s. A couple quid a day to park a car would pay for extra bin collections cleaners at weekend, with more expense charges for Motorhomes and converted vans with no overnight parking for these types of vehicles unless in designated parking spaces in the carparks.’
The concerned resident adds that the issue has been raised with the Council several times and got absolutely NO response whatsoever – and the resident’s exemplar photographs shared below.