overnight camping in Burnham-On-Sea's streets' calls resident
Burnham-On-Sea resident has this week called on town councillors
to do more to stop overnight camping along streets in the town.
Spottiswoode says the problem of campervans parking up overnight
in residential streets such as Allandale Road, Grove Road and
Poplar Road is "only getting worse."
by-law or a traffic regulation order would be a positive step
towards solving the problem," he told councillors at Monday's
instances of organised camping in unauthorised places is on the
increase. These people are not contributing to the local economy,
if anything they are a drain on it, using water supplies and drainage
facilities on the cheap - and at council tax payers' expense."
went on to claim that while the district council is keen to remove
campers from its own property, those parked in residential areas
"are given not a second's thought."
ask you as town councillors to start the ball rolling and not
to be put off by the district council red tape and excuses. I
am a resident of Allandale Road and we experience overnight campers
on a regular basis. Over the past few years we have seen up to
four overnight campers at one time - there are large motorhomes
at the end of the road overlooking the beach. Grove Road and Poplar
Road experience similar problems."
last weekend there were two motorhomes parked overnight. These
overnight campers are in addition to a converted van that has
been parked and lived in for over seven weeks."
added that Section 77 of the Criminal Justice Act 1994 gives power
to local authorities to direct and authorise campers to leave
land, but added: "I would urge Sedgemoor District Council
to pursue a binding traffic regulation order to cover our town.
I ask in the meantime that the town council authorise immediate
expense on no overnight camping signs and have them sighted in
those areas of the town where this problem exists."
Nick Tolley responded: "I listened to Mr Spottiswoode with
interest as I live at the back of the Lynton Road car park. It
is frequented at the weekends by camper vans who put up their
washing lines. For all intents and purposes you would think this
is a travellers problem like we had in the Morrisons car park."
are not - they are regular travellers to seaside towns who seem
to have an inter-connected network and tell each other that at
the weekend that Burnham is not policed, so go and get your washing
line up and put your gas bottle out. Lynton Road car park is becoming
a caravan site on some weekends."
may have the by-laws to move them but we don't have the people
on their feet to serve notices. This is a problem not only along
the Berrow Road but down by the Yacht Club and The Esplanade.
We need to address this."
Janet Keen added: "I propose that this council writes to
Somerset County Council as the highways authority with some urgency
and ask them to examine the traffic order and the policing of
Any Brewer said: "I would fully agree with what has been
said, but I would not want to demonise all campervan users. There
are a large number of them that act very responsibly. They turn
up for part of the day and we are not trying to stop them coming
to Burnham at all. It's the ones that stay over the night that
are the problem and we should do what we can to get it addressed."
voted unanimously in favour of Cllr Keen's proposal to follow
up the issue with Somerset County Council.