Parking information on local authority web sites.
The links provided are to pages which existed on the date at the foot of the page. It must be appreciated that local authority web pages change from time to time. A broken link checker will be run as often as convenient. If a broken link is discovered, navigating to the home page for the council concerned should enable linking to the replacement parking page.
Where motorhome specific information has been identified that is noted but there is no guarantee that any particular page will contain parking information for motorhomes. Indeed, many probably will not. Interpretation of definitions in Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) is simply that and definitive answers can only be supplied by the authority concerned.
Even where motorhome parking is allowed it may be necessary to buy a ticket for every bay occupied. In other cases whilst motorhome parking might be allowed weight wise it may be impossible because of restrictions on occupying only one bay (and vice-versa). Note that the links provided are just that and imply no right to park a motorhome at any particular place.
Generally speaking, where there are two-tier councils (as opposed to unitary authorities), off-street car parks are the responsibility of city/borough/district councils and on-street parking is controlled by county councils. Most links below lead to information about off-street parking. Where on-street parking bays are provided it is the norm for parking over multiple bays not to be allowed and for there to be a strict requirement to park within the width of the bay/lane. Other local regulations may also affect on-street parking but otherwise national legislation applies.
A small number of town and parish councils also have responsibility for car parks. Where information is available details have been included.
Parking pages usually include contact information so individual enquiry can be made through that route. It is sometimes possible to arrange a dispensation if contact is made with the council in advance.
Ensure that any contact with a local authority is constructive and polite. It might be tempting to try to embarrass a local authority which does not want to discuss providing motorhome parking but it may well be that the authority concerned has genuine reasons for its stance. Trying to embarass is more likely to entrench opposition than to overcome it.
The information for local authorities is presented by area (just click on the appropriate link). Each page will open in a new window.
Parking information on the web sites of other organisations.
This project started out when, just after purchasing our motorhome in June 2006, we came across the impossibility of parking in some towns or areas of them. The initial intention was to document both friendly and unfriendly places we came across or which we found out about from others. Prior to going on holiday in August 2006 I obtained information from Herefordshire, Powys and Worcestershire councils (all of which were very helpful) and that gave the site a start.
Subsequent conversations with people we met on our travels revealed the fact that some local authorities were unco-operative when asked about parking for motorhomes, some even ignoring requests for information. I used to work as a Freedom of Information officer for a local authority so I knew that such responses were unacceptable.
I also realised (through research into other projects aimed at fighting height barriers) that simply waiting for others to make contributions was rather unproductive. So, it became obvious that pro-active contact with local authorities would be more practical and I decided, therefore, to contact all UK local authorities for information.
Several approaches/information requests were made to the 400+ local authorities (and other organisations) in the UK between 2006 and 2009 and the site content was based on their official responses.
Contributions from site users, when received, were added. Approximately 475 users of this web site sent in contributions between 2006 (when it was first created) and 2012. They deserve the thanks of everyone using the site (over 170,000 hits in 2012 alone).
Unfortunately, scheduling of regular updates was disrupted by family bereavement. Subsequently, the incidence of ongoing plagiarism (people copying data from the web site and selling it on a commercial basis in flagrant breach of copyright conditions) resulted in the decision not to continue putting in the effort just to be ripped off. As a result I had intended closing the site but was persuaded not to.
Instead, the site has been redesigned to contain links to parking pages on local authority web sites. In 2006, only a handful of local authorities published motorhome parking information. By July 2013, when the site redesign started, about 90 did so. A one-off exercise to encourage more such publication was started in August 2013 and, as a result, many more agreed to do so. As at 23 December 2013, some 172 LAs publish motorhome parking information with 64 others having expressed an intention to do so in future (many within a few months).
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Last updated: 19 February 2014