Calpe welcomes ‘camperban’
Town hall finally approves bylaw banning campervans from parking overnight at the roadside
CAMPERS visiting Calpe face fines if they attempt to take a cheap holiday and stay overnight at the roadside.
The town hall has rubberstamped a new bylaw – first proposed ahead of the summer – following a period of public legislation in the hope of keeping valuable parking spaces clear and persuade campers to official sites.
And the local legislation not only affects so-called ‘glampers’ with campervans and caravans; but also boat trailers, general transport trailers and agricultural vehicles.
The town hall was inundated with complaints from residents over people setting up a temporary home in the resort – emptying chemical toilets in the street or in key areas of natural beauty, leaving rubbish at the roadside, and even breaking into electricity boxes and water systems “for a freebie”.
Passing the new law has proved controversial; opposition parties voted against the government team – one party even contacting the Spanish caravan club, which has advised caravaners across Europe to by-pass Calpe.
An angry Councillor Carole Saunders said, “That is an absolutely ridiculous position to take after all the complaints about them emptying toilets around Las Salinas, breaking into electricity boxes for a freebie and water systems.
“It will not put off people with campervans and caravans coming here; we have had camping sites in Calpe for over 20 years and they are visited by people who come back year after year – the newer sites are positively luxurious.”
She said the bylaw meant people could not park overnight but were free to stay by the roadside during the day, just like any car. “If they are parked overnight they are obviously sleeping inside; that’s illegal across the country.”
Police will also take action to enforce the new law against people on holiday leaving boat trailers, businesses leaving lorry trailers and agricultural vehicles. “In many areas they are taking up precious parking spaces.”
The new law was welcomed on Tuesday by members of the Association of Foreign Property Owners who have campaigned for action for some years.
President Keith Wildman said, “My main objection about caravans and campervans is when I want to visit my favourite restaurants on the beach and there are these vehicles taking up at least two parking spaces.
“The new legislation means they will not be parking overnight – but that’s not a complete answer. However this town has seven camping sites for them to use.”