Campervan free parking leads to frustration with locals in Wales as staycations increase

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Many beauty spots in north Wales have free overnight parking which technically allows campervan owners to stay there, given they have sleeping facilities in their vehicle. Recently, locals in coastal towns like Rhyl and Llandudno voiced their concerns with ‘wild campers’ for staying on the seafront.

There is an abundance of camping sites in Wales to choose from for motorhomes, campervans and caravans.

Some in Llandudno specifically complained about some motorhome owners drying their washing on the rails along the beachfront.

With more and more tourists visiting the Welsh coast on staycations, many fear that this could become a growing problem.

This has led to some towns banning overnight parking in popular tourist areas.

Bryn Williams, sales manager at Threeways Motorhomes in Abergele, spoke on the etiquette of caravanning.

He said: “It’s always a difficult one and I think it’s one of those where people thing ‘we’ll just jump in a caravan, go and park up and that’s it’.

“But I think to really enjoy the holiday properly, it’s all down to the planning.

“Our biggest recommendation to people is always to go to a certified campsite, be respectful about where you choose to park up.

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“Our message is always leave the place how you found it.

“It’s common sense and planning and once you’ve got that the only thing you have to worry about is whether you turn left or turn right in the road.”

Following lockdown and with the restrictions being eased across the UK, there has been a huge influx in caravan, campervan and motorhome numbers.

Karen Flowers owns a campervan that she regularly takes wild camping and has noticed an increase in people doing the same over the past year.

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