Lancashire

Motorhome coastal parking plans for St Annes

Parking restrictions are to be tightened up in on the Fylde coast to prevent motorhomes staying overnight on the main seafront road.

Instead, the car park behind the swimming pool in St Annes will be set aside for motorhomes, in a six-month trial beginning in the spring.

It will be able to accommodate about 30 vehicles, staying for a maximum of three days, the council said.

The 18-hour on-street parking period will be reduced to just two hours.

Fylde Borough Council said the idea could lead to the creation of specific sites, based on the French system known as aires.

Aires are places where motorhomers can stay overnight and they typically have electricity hook-ups and running water.

The council said if the trial is a success, such facilities will be considered for future years, as will possible use of other car parks.

Caravans will continue to be banned from all car parks on the Fylde.

Councillor Albert Pounder said: "If we can make a facility that is not a detriment to other people who use the area, this can only be a benefit.

"From this spring [visitors] will be able to make a weekend of their visit and we expect they will spend money in shops, cafes and restaurants."

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