Coun­cil­lors re­ject camper van limit

Overnight stops block dis­abled park­ing

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - Sarah Hil­ley

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.

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