Caravans ‘clog up’ Cornwall’s streets after holiday park closures
CARAVANS and motor homes which have been turfed out of holiday parks are now clogging up residential streets – and there’s little Cornwall Council can do about it, writes Richard Whitehouse, local democracy reporter.
[Owl doesn’t think they would like this in Sidmouth or Otterton or Littleham or …….]
After holiday parks shut their gates over the weekend – following a backlash against people who had decided to come to Cornwall during the coronavirus crisis – there have been reports of people setting up camp in residential streets.
Cllr Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport, said the council’s powers were limited in what it could do to tackle the problem.
He said: “This was mentioned briefly in a meeting that we had with officers this morning and we are looking at what we can do.
“However we don’t have any powers to move people on unless they are parked illegally and there are yellow lines.
“If the Government were to change the legislation then we might be able to do more.
“But, at the moment, there is very little that we can do if a vehicle is legal, unless they are dropping waste on the highway, but most of these motorhomes are self-contained and there is no need for that.”
Cllr Brown said there had been incidents reported to the council and that officers would continue working to see if there was anything that could be done to help.
He added: “It is something we are definitely looking at.
“The ideal thing would be for the government to say ‘if you are on holiday, go home’ – that is the message that we need to get out there right now.”
At the weekend a new campaign was launched with MPs, tourism leaders and emergency services urging people not to visit Cornwall [and Devon] during the coronavirus pandemic and instead #comebacklater…………