Letter: I am intrigued and upset by the ongoing saga about motorhomes at Barton clifftop, which is why CAMPrA UK was set up.
As an enthusiastic motorhomer I am intrigued and upset by the ongoing saga about motorhomers parking at Barton clifftop. This is not just a local issue but a national one, which is why CAMPrA UK was set up.
Sadly in any group there will always be one or two who spoil it for others by abusing the environment, but 99.9% of motorhomers are caring, law-abiding people who respect and cherish the world they live in. Most motorhomes are self-contained with all facilities on board.
What is needed is not so much unenforceable signs, but facilities to enable overnighters. There are a considerable number of car parks along Barton and Milford clifftops, where it would be very simple to allocate a number of motorhome spaces for overnight use – for a fee. £10 a night to stay over. By using the car parks this way would encourage motorhomers away from roadside parking and provide a viable alternative. The local businesses will gain from the visitors this would enable, and the local authority would gain from the fees generated. A win-win all round surely?
With public toilet blocks already in place, why not add chemical waste disposal points and water supply points for them too? If need be, these can be chargeable as many are on the Continent. CAMPrA UK can help with establishing all this as they have in other parts of the UK.
With over 400,000 motorhomes in the UK – that’s approaching a million voters – their needs must be considered. Let’s get the New Forest to lead the way in accommodating, not ignoring, this opportunity.