Northumberland County Council have authorised overnight stays for motorhomes at three of their popular coastal car parks.
During the summer of 2021, coastal communities reported an increase in motorhome and campervan related issues including inconsiderate parking and litter.
The Council recognised that the use of motorhomes is a growing trend escalated by the Covid-19 pandemic and an increase in ‘staycations’, and is committed to work with local stakeholders to try and balance the needs of visitors and local communities.
The Council assessed its coastal car parks and identified three locations where self-contained motorhome vehicles can park for an overnight stay allowing the occupants to sleep in their vehicle. There is no provision however for items of equipment to be placed outside of the motorhome and no on-site facilities available which is why vehicles must have washing, toilet and waste storage facilities on board. The aim is purely to provide a single night’s stay as a transit type activity. These sites have been agreed in consultation with town and parish councils.
The three locations are :
Amble Braid Car Park, Amble
Links Road Car Park, Bamburgh
Beadnell Overflow Car Park, Beadnell
The terms and conditions are as follows:
The cost of a permit is £12
Overnight stays are for one night only, the operating hours are from 6pm to 8am the following morning.
Permits can only be purchased via the online booking system.
Motorhomes must park in the individually marked bay booked via the booking system. Only the numbered bays in the three pilot locations allow for this type of activity to take place.
The normal terms and conditions of the car park apply outside of the pilot operating hours (for example users must pay the appropriate parking charge where charges apply).
Sleeping in any type of vehicle is not allowed elsewhere within the car park or in any other Council car park...
Vehicles found to be in contravention of the rules may be subject to a Penalty Charge Notice.
Users who park in any other Council off-street car park for the purposes of an overnight stay to sleep, cook or camp, will be subject to enforcement.
Details of the locations are on our Motorhome Stopovers Page
The Council has full information on their website: www.northumberland.gov.uk/Parking/Overnight-Motorhome-Parking.aspx where booking should be live on 4th April 2022