HIGHWAYS bosses are consulting on the issues surrounding large vans and motor homes parking in residential areas and have asked local authorities for their views.
There are currently 736 motor homes licensed for use on the island’s roads and the Department of Infrastructure often receives complaints about the inappropriateness of allowing them to park on residential roads for long periods because of the space they occupy on the road. Large vans create similar problems.
The DoI’s report includes the proposal that local authorities should provide facilities for off-road parking of large vehicles, for which they could charge, either through the development of new sites, or dedication of areas of existing car parks.
Ramsey Commissioners discussed the matter and concluded it would be an excellent solution in an ideal world, but in reality would be fraught with difficulties with regard to security. It was further felt that owners of large vans and motor homes would be unwilling to park them any distance from where they live.