Bylaw to ban campers will be investigated

Camper vans parked up in Bickwell Valley. Ref shs 1875-32-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Camper vans parked up in Bickwell Valley. Ref shs 1875-32-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

County Hall chiefs are ‘putting the wheels in motion’ to see if a bylaw could be used to end a street’s use like a festival campsite.

Councillor Stuart Hughes is responding to concerns raised by Chris and Christine Bull, who said Bickwell Valley fills during FolkWeek with motorhome users cooking, cleaning and washing in the open.

Devon County Council (DCC) has committed to review the parking restrictions in the town – but said a balance needs to be struck between residents, commuters and visitors.

Councillor Stuart Hughes said: “Unfortunately unless there is a local byelaw, then anyone sleeping in their camper van is not committing any offence. Therefore, putting up signs would not be enforceable.

“I shall, however, set the wheels in motion through the town and then district council to see if a bylaw can be introduced in time for the 2016 folk festival.”

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He has asked if the issue can be included on September’s town council agenda.

Mr Bull said: “We’re pleased Cllr Hughes is putting this on the agenda. This is a step in the right direction and we’re looking forward to a favourable outcome.”

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DCC reviews the parking restrictions after every FolkWeek, and this year prohibited on-street parking in Redwood Road, Southway and Cottington Mead.

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