Clarke And Mason Seek End To Motorhome Meltdown

The increase in the use of motor homes is causing problems in Newcastle as local residents object to them using car parks.

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The increase in the use of motor homes is causing problems in Newcastle as local residents object to them using car parks.

Sinn Féin Councillor Willie Clarke and Councillor Cathy Mason are calling for the Council to develop a motorhome strategy for Newry Mourne and Down Council region.

Cllr Clarke said: “With increasing numbers of motorhome owners opting to use car parks and other locations for over-night stays in Newcastle, tension has been growing between local residents and the motorhome owners.

Sinn Féin Councillors Willie Clarke and Cathy Mason are calling on a solution to issues arising from the increase in motor homes visiting Newcastle and parking in local car parks.

“It is recognised that freedom camping has become unsustainable and is placing operational and environmental pressure on visitor attractions that are deigned for daytime use only.”

Cllr Clarke added: “With staycations being in demand over the summer months and in the time ahead as international travel restrictions remain in place, it is likely this style of holidaying will be increasingly popular.

“The Council must put a strategy in place that protects our residents and their areas, that economically benefits our towns and villages and which ensures safety standards for visitors are at a high standard.”

Cllr Mason added: “It is clear to see that there are many in the area who are unhappy about the situation around the parking of motorhomes.

“After receiving numerous reports that some residents in Newcastle are unable to avail of the carpark during daytime hours resulting in them being unable to access the local businesses and amenities, the Council must do something to solve this issue.”