Motorhome owners could be fined up to £1,000 for parking overnight on a Gwynedd beach.
Fines are being brought in by Gwynedd Council, following complaints from residents and business owners about motorhomes and campervans parked at Morfa Bychan.
The council says anyone caught parked on the beach after 8pm will be asked to leave the site or face a fixed £50 penalty notice. They could face much higher fines if they don’t leave ”as soon as practically possible”.
Pamela Roberts, owner of the nearby Glan y Môr camping site, said she welcomed the move: ”As commercial operators employing local people in the community, we hope that the public will abide by the requirements and refrain from remaining on the beach at Black Rock Sands overnight.”
”The intention to issue fixed penalty notices to those who fail to comply is supported but it is regrettable that such action has been necessary. The action being proposed is due to the negative impact on the environment and negative effect on local businesses.”
Extra warning signs have also been put up at the entrance to the beach, warning all drivers that using the beach as a campsite is not authorised and will not be tolerated.
Councillor Ioan Thomas, the cabinet member for Economic Development said: ”Our aim is to ensure that everyone who visits our stunning coastline can enjoy the fantastic natural environment.”
”We have received numerous complaints from the local community and nearby camping sites that the owners of motorhomes and campervans parked overnight on the beach have in some cases been using their private facilities. This is clearly not acceptable and has a detrimental effect on local businesses.”
The council’s maritime and country parks officer, Barry Davies, said the fixed £50 penalties would only be issued to those who continue to flout the warning signs: ”Having held meetings with local residents and nearby businesses, we hope that our efforts to encourage campervans and motorhomes to leave the beach by 8pm will ease the concerns raised and ensure that everyone who visits the beach can make the most of the fantastic coastline.”