Cornish councillors urged to review free overnight parking

Councillors are being urged to review parking restrictions in West Cornwall after caravanners are staying in lay-bys for free.

The recent warm weather has prompted many people to pack up and head to a pleasant campsite for a British break. According to, the 'northward shift in the Atlantic jetstream' has heralded the real start of the summer holidays and comes as a huge relief to many campsite owners.

However, some site owners in Cornwall are losing out due to liberal parking restrictions that allow caravans and camper vans to park overnight. Occurring in Marazion, site owner Suzy Watts told that she had seen over 50 vans camping for free on one evening alone. She says the rules are unfair and impact her business, which is 60 per cent down on summer bookings.

Marazion councillor, Su Nicholas sympathised for site owners and has been involved in discussions over the issue for 18 months. She has received complaints from the public about the environmental impacts, in particular the depositing of rubbish on the beach.

A statement released by Ludgvan Parish Council said that time restrictions should apply and over night parking should be banned, but it did not want to remove free parking.

The conversation has angered some more responsible caravan and camper van owners, one of whom posted on BBC Radio Cornwall's Facebook page: "I have a VW camper and when I go away for the night to a gig, I will park anywhere I please.

"I do not litter, nor create any problems, I also will not move unless the police threaten arrest. I am fully aware of what I can and cannot do."