A warm welcome for motorhomers

Motorhomes parked on the road and (below) Coun Albert Pounder who hopes to have found a solution.

Motorhomes parked on the road and (below) Coun Albert Pounder who hopes to have found a solution.

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MOTORHOMERS will officially be welcome when Fylde Council throws open one of its car parks tomorrow.

The car park behind St Annes Swimming Pool is set to become the official venue for motorhomers, who will be able to park up overnight seven days a week.

Coun Albert Pounder

Coun Albert Pounder

It is hoped the pilot scheme will end residents’ frustrations at the vehicles taking up valuable space on the roadside – as well as bring in cash for the council.

The aim is emulate the “aires” found across France, and Coun Albert Pounder, cabinet member for customer and operational services, said: “We think our motorhome ‘park’ will be one of the first in the country and, we hope, will attract motorhomers to Fylde from across the nation.

“Motorhomers have come to the area for years, but they have stayed on the road and have had to go home at night.

“The new scheme will allow them to stay for up to three consecutive nights.

“Motorhoming is a fast-growing activity and we expect that visitors will spend money in local shops, pubs and restaurants and thus boost the local tourist economy.

“We know some residents dislike seeing motorhomes parked on the Prom. Opening the car park at the back of the pool is a good position for visitors while meaning that residents don’t have to see them in front of their homes all night.”

There will be no facilities provided under the trial scheme, but Coun Pounder said amenities will be considered if the pilot is a success.

The central area of the car park’s lower section will be open to motorhomers until October 1, and overnight stays cost £5.

Open fires and barbecues will be forbidden and anyone wishing to remain on the car park during the day will have to pay the normal daily rate.