Motorhome parking on the Braid
Tourists heading to our beautiful coastline will have three new places to stay – after councillors backed a trial that will allow motorhomes to stay overnight at some of the county’s most popular destinations.
Car parks in Amble, Beadnell and Bamburgh, will be subject to a year-long trial designed to offer more options for people travelling to the seaside spots.
Councillors on Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee approved the scheme for the three car parks – at Amble Braid Car Park, at Benthall in Beadnell next to the beach, and the car park opposite Bamburgh Castle.
Only self-contained motorhomes with their own toilets and wash basins will be allowed to stay in the existing car parks, for an as-yet undecided fee.
The plans were voted through with no objectors, and are being introduced amid concerns that some tourists are bypassing Northumberland because of a lack of places to stay for a single night.
Coun Richard Dodd told the committee that the council “cannot ignore the fact that more motorhomes are popping up on Northumberland’s roads. It seems as if it is going to be the future in the UK for a good while, lets grasp this and make sure we do the right things and get some money in the tills.”
Cllr Caroline Ball said: “I don’t want to see the car parks chocker-block with motorhomes but on the other hand we have the need. I have a little bit of concern about the policing of this. If there is no enforcement people will just park there.”
Only a small number of spaces in each car park will be allocated to overnight stays – eight in Beadnell and six in the other two locations.
The committee’s chairman, Cllr Trevor Thorne, said: “I think these motorhomes are part of the tourism of the future.
Link to NCC’s motorhome booking system (Please note: this system was still being tested when this article was posted)