MP proposes car park changes to halt travellers
MP has this week said that changes are needed to the town's Pier
Street car park to prevent travellers from pitching up there amid
caravans and vehicles are occupying coach and vehicle parking spaces
at the rear of B&M supermarket, as pictured here, frustrating
residents and local businesses.
Chamber of Trade says the travellers' use of coach parking spaces
has already led to several coaches turning around, hurting trade.
It says "faster legal action" is needed to move the travellers
and a longer-term solution to the issues at the car park.
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The number and frequency
of illegal encampments in the Pier Street car park is ridiculous.
Sedgemoor District Council and the Police are doing all they legally
can to move the travellers on, but it has become a game of cat and
mouse that is hoovering up taxpayers cash, infuriating local
residents and losing business in the town."
added: "Changing the law and criminalising these encampments
is the solution but laws cannot be changed overnight and action
is needed immediately."
cannot just put height barriers on the car park because we want
coaches and tourists with motorhomes to be able to park. But we
can change the car park from a pay and display to one with barrier
controlled entry and exit."
and shoppers would pay at a pay station before returning to their
vehicles and I am sure there's some system we could devise through
the TIC or another nearby business where coach drivers could get
their ticket validated and thus free parking for coaches is maintained.
I hope Sedgemoor District Council will look at this proposal urgently."
expense of installing it is very likely to be offset by the endless
costs incurred by the council in legal fees and cleaning up after
the travellers when they are gone, not to mention the value of the
business being lost in our town centre."
is taking legal action to move the travellers from the car park.
The travellers in the Pier Street car park today (Thursday)