Warning not to park motorhomes overnight at Morfa Bychan beach

Date: 31/07/2018

Following concerns that motorhomes have been parking overnight on the beach at Morfa Bychan, Gwynedd Council staff are warning those parking on the beach after 8pm that they will shortly be liable to receive fixed penalty fines.


Local residents and the owners of nearby caravan and camping sites have been concerned that some motorhomes have been paying to access the beach during the day, but have remained on the beach overnight. Not only does this have an effect on the local environment, it also means that motorhome owners are staying overnight without authority.


Gwynedd Council has positioned additional warning signs at the beach entrances warning the owners of all vehicles that have been adapted for sleeping that remaining on the beach overnight is not authorised and will not be tolerated.


Those parking on the beach after the 8pm deadline have been directed to leave the site by Council officers, with a polite warning that failure to comply with the directive will lead to a fixed penalty notice of £50 being issued.


Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “Our aim is to ensure that everyone who visits our stunning coastline can enjoy the fantastic natural environment. For this reason we are urging the owners of campervans, motorhomes and all vehicles adapted for sleeping to comply with the directive and ensure that they don’t use the beach as an overnight camp-site.


“We have received numerous complaints from the local community and nearby camping sites that the owners of motorhomes and campervans parked overnight on the beach have in some cases been using their private facilities. This is clearly not acceptable and has a detrimental effect on local businesses.”


Barry Davies Gwynedd Council’s Maritime and Country Parks Officer added: “Having held meetings with local residents and nearby businesses, we hope that our efforts to encourage campervans and motorhomes to leave the beach by 8pm will ease the concerns raised and ensure that everyone who visits the beach can make the most of the fantastic coastline.


“As part of the efforts to raise awareness about the new arrangements, Council officers are issuing initial polite warning notices to all vehicles that appear to have been adapted for sleeping. Fixed penalty notices will only be issued to those who continue to flout the warning signs.”


Councillor Selwyn Griffiths, who represents the Gorllewin Porthmadog ward on Gwynedd Council added: “As a local member, I’m very pleased with this development. There has been real concern locally that some motorhome owners have been parking on the beach overnight. I very much hope that this change will help to solve the problem and encourage the owners to respect the rules and ensure that they’re not parked on the beach after 8pm.”


Pamela Roberts, who owns the nearby Glan y Môr Camping Site welcomed the new arrangements.


She said: “The action taken by Gwynedd Council is appreciated. As commercial operators employing local people in the community we hope that the public will abide by the requirements and refrain from remaining on the beach at Black Rock sands overnight. The intention to issue Fixed Penalty notices to those who fail to comply is supported but it is regrettable that such action has been necessary. The action being proposed is due to the negative impact on the environment and negative effect on local businesses.”


Motorists who fail to leave the beach as soon as practically possible after being instructed to do so will be liable to receive a fine of up to £1,000.


PHOTOGRAPHS: There have been concerns about motorhomes parking overnight on the beach at Morfa Bychan