Caravan and motorhome invasion in Bexhill

Top car park Galley Hill in Bexhill. SUS-200109-155312001Top car park Galley Hill in Bexhill. SUS-200109-155312001
Top car park Galley Hill in Bexhill. SUS-200109-155312001
From: Nigel Gibbon MA BA (hons), Sutton Place, Bexhill-on-Sea

I would like to make some observations regarding the town’s invasion of caravans and motorhomes.

As a former caravanner of many years I know only too well the pleasures of camping with a solid roof and have done so all over Europe- but never at the side of the road or in a car park. I just don’t get it.

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During the recent very hot spell of weather our town was visited by many people which is brilliant. Unfortunately, quite a number chose to bring their campervans or caravans with them and not use the many campsites around the town. Galley Hill car park at one point had two full size caravans in it that stayed for three days, enjoying a prime location feet from the beach and with unrestricted sea views. All for free.

How many campervans were there on East Parade? Well, at one point there were 26 parked at the side of the road, and one night, contrary to the prohibition, seven stayed overnight. One even hooked his wash line over the prohibition sign- I interpret that as a digital salute to authority.

Who is responsible for policing this issue or should we take down all the signs and tell everyone to “fill your boots”?

Is it the intention of the council to pave and enclose the car park with height restriction barriers? Is the car park to be free while the seafront has to be paid for? This is our town and we should be permitted to live in it without having to put up with what I have described.

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My gripe has nothing to do with visitors, my own loss of view, commerce of the town or campervan volume in the day. It is that all should play by the rules for the good of everyone.

If not turn the town into a ‘do whatever you wish’ place.

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