Residents' frustration at camper van parking

Worthing residents have claimed to be '˜severely restricted' by camper vans parking outside their houses.

Concern over campervans parked in Goring-by Sea, resident Gavin Baylis
Concern over campervans parked in Goring-by Sea, resident Gavin Baylis

Gavin Baylis, from Anscombe Road, Worthing, said camper vans have parked outside his house for weeks and are difficult to get past.

Mr Baylis said: “Access to our driveway was severely restricted by parking of two camper vans and when they park either side of the road it reduces the width of the road.

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“I have no issue with them parking on the main road, West Parade, however outside your house in front of your windows is somewhat disconcerting especially to some of my elderly neighbours.”

West Sussex County Council enforced Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) along Marine Crescent and Eirene Road preventing camper vans from parking there.

The camper vans have now moved to Bernard Road and Anscombe Road in Worthing, where these orders are not present.

Mr Baylis added: “A quick and easy solution would be to install the same signage that is along Marine Crescent in Bernard, Anscombe and West Parade.”

Susan Canneaux, from Anscombe Close, Worthing said: “My husband is totally unable, to safely, cross back across Anscombe Road due to this enormous vehicle restricting any view of oncoming traffic.

Mr Baylis believes that parents of children who use the play ground near Anscombe Road are now unable to park nearby because of the camper vans.

A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council said: “As long as vehicles are taxed and have a valid MOT vehicles can park anywhere on the highway, provided there is no TRO or they do not cause an obstruction.

“Where there is evidence of unlawful residence on the highway, we will notice these vehicles for intended prosecution.”

West Sussex County Council’s member for Worthing West, Paul High, said: “I can understand residents’ frustration with regards to large vehicles parked at unsuitable locations.

“Without a TRO - which take a long time to consult - there is little the county council can do.”

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