Havant Borough Council wants to ensure that West Beach, Hayling Island is safe for all to enjoy so an overnight parking ban for motorhomes will now be made permanent.
A temporary ban was made in August 2018 to cease overnight parking of motorhomes between 10pm and 6am owing to safety implications.
The increase of overnight parking of motorhomes along the seafront had caused concern as the vehicles had been parking too closely together, potentially resulting in serious health and safety implications in the event of a fire.
The experimental Traffic Regulation Order was introduced following the findings of a Fire Risk Assessment carried out in response to concerns raised at the time. Since then other options have been explored for the long-term arrangement of parking at West Beach.
Councillor Narinder Bains, Cabinet lead for neighbourhoods, safety and enforcement said “West Beach is an incredibly popular destination for visitors, but the increase in overnight parking by motorhomes were becoming a growing concern.
“Our visitors and residents safety is paramount at all times and we want to ensure everyone gets to enjoy the seafront safely. We have considered several other options that could be available, however none of these were viable.
“The island has a number of sites better suited to overnight stays in motorhomes and we would encourage visitors to use these facilities.”
West Beach car park is situated within a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and is therefore not permitted to have marked parking bays that would separate distance between parked vehicles.
The term ‘motorhomes’ is used for private vehicles with sleeping accommodation, or have been adapted for sleeping in, for the motor taxation class ‘motor caravan'.