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Gwynedd Council is to consider allowing campervans and motorhomes to stay overnight in some of its car parks, in light of unprecedented scenes over recent summers. There have been concerns over a growing number of motorhome and campervan owners deciding to stay in areas where they have no right to do so.
In recent years, Gwynedd and much of North Wales sees a large number of tourists hiring motorhomes to stay in the area.
As a result, a number of local councils have been looking into how they can manage the increased footfall in their towns.
The council is looking to spend £100,000 on establishing six aires on parts of existing car parks.
Aires can be found across Europe and are generally for short overnight stops and are only for self-contained motorcaravans.
There are estimated to be around 11,500 aires across Europe and more than 100 in the UK.
They offer only the most basic of facilities such as waste disposal and water.
They also tend to be cheaper than traditional caravan sites, although they may be slightly further away from attractions.
No camping behaviour is allowed, so things like chairs, tables, awnings and barbecues are not allowed.
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The county’s existing caravan sites have been struggling with capacity issues during the heavy tourist seasons of 2020 and 2021.
It is hoped that the basic offering will help reduce the dumping of human waste and litter while also generating some economic benefit.
Councillor Gareth Thomas spoke of the plans, saying: “The aim of this pilot would be to encourage those visiting in motorhomes to stay in a town or village, offering an element of economic benefit to the local community and better management of the sector.
“With the restrictions of COVID-19 making people less likely to have travelled to the continent over the last two summers, we have seen an increase in people visiting in motorhomes to enjoy Gwynedd’s popular attractions.
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