Constable: ‘Positive’ meeting on motorhome camping sites

FURTHER meetings between government officials and ‘a couple of Constables’ are due to take place soon to identify possible camping sites for motorhomes, the St Peter Constable has said.

Campervans at Le Port. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30653765)
Campervans at Le Port. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30653765)

Richard Vibert said that the decision came after a presentation was made this week to the Constables’ Committee, in which a number of possible areas were discussed. The government was tasked with finding spots for Islanders to camp in motorhomes two years ago after the States approved a proposition lodged by Senator Steve Pallett.

The move came after a clampdown on activity at the Le Port site in St Ouen’s Bay, amid complaints about anti-social behaviour and the area becoming overcrowded.

St Peter Constable Richard Vibert. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (30647329)

Mr Vibert said that this week’s meeting had seen some ‘very positive outcomes’ and he and a colleague would be taking the matter forward. ‘The presentation was by officers from the Infrastructure, Housing and Environment Department with the Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis,’ he said. ‘We saw the full presentation and a list of potential sites has been drawn up and graded. They looked at IHE car parks and we are returning to them with comments on any that we might not think are suitable. There was some very positive comments from a couple of Constables, myself and one other, and we are going to meet with Infrastructure in the next couple of weeks to look at how we can progress the proposals to the next stage.’

He added: ‘The use of private sites I’ll continue to try to progress too. Personally, I think that use of certain pub car parks is a very good way of allowing people to use their motorhomes and one which is not going to cause any problems for any of the public.’

Last month pub chain Randalls said that they would be open to the idea of allowing campervans to stay in their car parks overnight.

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