Alliance Councillor Chris McCaw has said that the Council must do all in its power to enforce restrictions on campervans on Council land.
Speaking following the recent closure of the campervan park at Sandhill Drive in Portrush, Chris said, “It is obviously great to see people coming to the North Coast and enjoying the area responsibly. However, it is unfortunate that this facility had to be closed temporarily due to vandalism, inconsiderate parking and littering by a small minority of people using it.
I would like to thank the Council for having the facility open again within two days. I would welcome a recent commitment made by Council officers to pursue a long term solution for enforcing restrictions.
Chris, who successfully introduced a motion to Council on facilities for campervans, continued, “However, the overuse of this facility and the crowds of campervans and “fly camping” in places such as Portrush, Magheracross and Castlerock Promenade show that there is a need for us to provide more facilities for campervans.
If we did this, they would not feel the need to park in areas that are not suitable. The site at Sandhill has all the basic facilities required, but there is not enough space and it is not widely advertised.
I think we have a number of additional sites that could be used for this purpose and I believe this would both encourage people to the area, but at the same time would remove the pressure on residents and stop people camping where they shouldn’t.
I will continue to work with Council officers on this.”