Motorhome enthusiasts looking to enjoy a new wildlife facility on the east coast of the UK are up in arms by a council’s decision to effectively ban them from the area.
The coastline between Chapel St Leonards and Sandilands in Lincolnshire has attracted a grant of over half a million pounds to convert the area into a wildlife sanctuary and bird observatory. The plan is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area outside of the regions traditional holiday period in the summer months. However, the local council have installed height barriers in every council run car park that allows access to the area meaning motorhome owners cannot drive into the car parks.
Local enthusiasts believe the council may have placed the barriers to stop travellers accessing the areas but this has been denied. Whatever the reason, many local people believe the council are denying access to the very people who will bring trade into the region outside the normal tourist months. Sheri Burditt, a motorhome owner from Chapel St Leonards, wrote to her local paper, saying “I have lived in Chapel for many years and own a small motorhome and have previously enjoyed spending afternoons at Chapel Six Marsh and Moggs Eye but can now no longer go. We have met many fellow motorhomers whilst travelling here and abroad who have visited this area and have said how lucky we are and how they have enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of spending time near the sea in a lovely rural location.”
She was backed up by other local motorhome owners, one saying he specifically carried on renewing his motorhome insurance policy simply to travel the short journey from home to sit and watch the sea from one of the affected car parks. The council have yet to respond to the growing pressure from motorhome owners who guarantee they will continue to press for the barriers to be removed.