During the year it has become increasingly difficult to make the time available to keep the links to external sites up to date and impossible to find time for further research. Rather than allowing the links to become completely inaccurate, I have decided to remove all external links.
To a large extent the need for this web site has actually diminished since it was established in August 2006. Constructive communication with local authorities and other organisations over the years (as opposed to just whinging about lack of parking provision) has resulted in many of them making parking available. Even where they are unable to do that, many others have included notes on their web sites saying why, thus saving drivers the trouble of trying to find parking in particular locations.
In addition, there are now several other resources (e.g. Facebook pages, apps) dedicated to motorhome parking, though some of their owners are still ignorant of, or refuse to acknowledge, the difference between parking and camping in the UK (see note dated 18 July 2017 below). Unfortunately, some owners of web sites/Facebook groups know very well that they are promoting activity which breaks the law but simply don't care about the adverse consequences for all motorhome owners that might result.
My recommendation now is that motorhome drivers wishing to find out about parking should go to the appropriate web site to seek out information. This doesn't just mean local authorities but also National Parks, Water Companies, Tourist Sites, Attractions & Theme Parks, Shopping Centres/Outlets, Private Parking Companies, Motorway Service Areas and Supermarkets &c. Even where they don't have information on their sites they have contact details so that specific enquiries may be made.
It may be that somebody decides that there is still a place for a site constructed in such a manner that this one used to be. There is, of course, nothing to stop anyone creating a new site based on their own research. I wish every success to anyone deciding to do so.
At the moment circumstances may prevent me from updating this web site as often as I would like.
However, its structure of using links to source sites means that, in the instance of changes to those sites, following their internal links should enable access to the pages where information is held.
This web site deals with places for parking motorhomes, not places for camping in them. That means parking the vehicle, leaving it empty and returning just to drive it away. In the UK, any habitation of the vehicle is camping, not parking.
The laws (not rules) relating to off site camping are summarised in the article Off Site Camping in the UK. Any owner of land (a pub landlord for instance) must comply with the requirements of the 1960 Act mentioned in that article.
Some landlords (including some who are members of hosting schemes) are happy to break the law and some motorhomers are happy to take advantage of that, despite the fact that they know that the long term consequences are potentially detrimental to motorhomers as a whole because of the adverse effect on people who have invested their money in creating CLs/CSs.
It's no wonder motorhome owners have difficulty persuading councils that we park responsibly. See Here and Here.
I was disturbed to see This Story, about a supposed ban on motorhomes, recently. Enquiry of the council revealed the facts - some motorhome owners were using the car park as a storage place and staying longer than the 48 hours allowed (parked for weeks/months at a time and not moving). It is that practice that was acted against, not residents and visitors using the car park properly.
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 November 2017