Con­cern at camp­ing in pub­lic car parks

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - ALEXIA JOHN­STON

ANY­ONE con­cerned about pos­si­ble free­dom camp­ing in in­ap­pro­pri­ate ar­eas across Cen­tral Otago is urged to con­tact the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil.

A man, who wished to re­main anony­mous, ex­pressed con­cern about some­body camp­ing in a pub­lic car park in Cromwell, over what he be­lieved was two nights ear­lier this week.

He said a cam­per van was parked in the Cromwell Med­i­cal Cen­tre car park overnight on Tues­day.

The same van was parked op­po­site the med­i­cal cen­tre, next to the park, on Wed­nes­day night, he said.

‘‘There ap­pears to be no­one in author­ity polic­ing this and once one ve­hi­cle gets away with it, word will soon get round that this is an op­tion.’’

Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Neil Gille­spie said it was im­por­tant peo­ple with such con­cerns raised them with the coun­cil.

‘‘You’ve got to nip it in the bud, but you can’t nip it in the bud if you don’t know about it,’’ he said.

He was not aware of free­dom campers park­ing in des­ig­nated car parks within the town cen­tre for long pe­ri­ods of time, but that did not mean it was not hap­pen­ing, he said.

‘‘It’s not some­thing we want to en­cour­age.’’

Mr Gille­spie asked any­one with con­cerns to ‘‘ei­ther ring us or use on­line tools to re­port such things.’’

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Parked up . . . A cam­per van parked in a pub­lic car park in Cromwell, where peo­ple were be­lieved to have been free­dom camp­ing ear­lier this week.

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