Councillors reject camper van limit
Overnight stops block disabled parking
Overnight campers have sparked complaints about washing hanging out and cooking at Ayr seafront.
Parking bosses are trying to stop motorhomes from taking up prime disabled spots overnight on the scenic esplanade.
They have proposed a maximum three- hour stay on Ayr Esplanade disabled bays between Pavilion Road and Bath Place.
The plan was revealed at South Ayrshire Council’s regulatory panel meeting last Tuesday.
Councillor Andy Campbell said: “We need something. Before we know it the whole front will be covered in campervans.”
But councillors said three hours is too short for people who want to enjoy the beach.
Councillor Ian Cavana said: “I do appreciate the spaces have been abused by motorhomes but I have a problem with three hours.
“If someone is in a wheelchair by the time they get out, get organised, look for something to eat, three hours will be gone.
“We are trying to encourage everyone to come to Ayr. Three hours is nothing.”
Regulatory panel chair Brian Connolly said: “We are restricting everybody to combat abusers.”
A council officer told the meeting they have had complaints about people cooking and hanging out washing.
He also told councillors some motorhomes parked over a drain to empty waste water.
Councillor Connolly added: “I don’t think anyone is questioning your objectives relating to motorhomes but I think we need to have a look at this to see what we can do to make it more targeted.”
Councillors urged officers to allow a longer parking time for the disabled spaces.
Heathfield Primary will also see traffic restrictions to crack down on “inconsiderate parking” by parents at drop off and pick up times.
There will be no waiting at any time between 8.30am and 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.30pm.
There will also be waiting restrictions introduced on a raft of streets throughout Ayr.
The measures aim to make roads where driver views are obscured by parked vehicles safer.
The new traffic rules will also be introduced on roads where HGVs or bin lorries struggle to get through.
We are trying to encourage everyone to come to Ayr. Three hours is nothing.