Call for height limit on village car park to bar campervans

Boulmer car park
Boulmer car park

A height restriction may be introduced at a village car park to prevent campervans clogging up spaces and churning up its surface.

At Monday night’s meeting of Longhoughton Parish Council, Coun Susanne Gair raised concerns about the future resurfacing of the Boulmer car park if large vehicles are allowed to keep using it.

The meeting heard that plans are in place to fill in the waterlogged potholes and uneven surface of the village facility, to make it more accessible.

But Coun Gair said that people who use big motorhomes will ‘churn it up’.

She added: “I don’t think it is very suitable for large vehicles that are difficult to manoeuvre.

“When the new touring site opens people in motorhomes will come in and use it to spend the day at the beach. They will be mobile beach huts.

“It means people in cars who use that car park won’t be able to.”

The council agreed to see how much it would cost to get a height barrier put up that would prevent large vehicles accessing the car park.

Coun Eleanor Phillips raised concern about cyclists, with bikes on top of their cars, not being able to use it if there is a barrier. But Coun Gair said they would have to remove the bikes before parking. The issue will be discussed next month.