Links to parking pages on the web sites of local authorities and other organisations.
This web site is privately funded and receives no sponsorship, corporate or otherwise. It is not connected to any other web site of either similar or dissimilar name.
The information provided on this web site is sourced direct from the authorities and organisations referenced. Information is not "harvested" from forum postings or other web sites carrying motorhome parking information.
© G. J. Hadfield 2006 - 2017
Click Here to see the history of this web site.
|Important Note 11 January 2017.
At the moment circumstances may prevent me from updating this web site as often as I would like.
However, its structure of using links to source sites means that, in the instance of changes to those sites, following their internal links should enable access to the pages where information is held.
Clarification note 18 July 2017.
This web site deals with places for parking motorhomes, not places for camping in them. That means parking the vehicle, leaving it empty and returning just to drive it away. In the UK, any habitation of the vehicle is camping, not parking.
The laws (not rules) relating to off site camping are summarised in the article Off Site Camping in the UK. Any owner of land (a pub landlord for instance) must comply with the requirements of the 1960 Act mentioned in that article.
Some landlords (including some who are members of hosting schemes) are happy to break the law and some motorhomers are happy to take advantage of that, despite the fact that they know that the long term consequences are potentially detrimental to motorhomers as a whole because of the adverse effect on people who have invested their money in creating CLs/CSs.
|How Not To Park.
It's no wonder motorhome owners have difficulty persuading councils that we park responsibly. See Here and Here.
I was disturbed to see This Story, about a supposed ban on motorhomes, recently. Enquiry of the council revealed the facts - some motorhome owners were using the car park as a storage place and staying longer than the 48 hours allowed (parked for weeks/months at a time and not moving). It is that practice that was acted against, not residents and visitors using the car park properly.
Parking information on local authority web sites.
The links provided are to pages which existed on the date at the foot of each page. It must be appreciated that local authority web pages change from time to time. A broken link checker will be run as often as convenient. If a broken link is discovered, navigating to the home page for the council concerned should enable linking to the replacement parking page.
Where motorhome specific information has been identified that is noted but there is no guarantee that any particular page will contain parking information for motorhomes. Indeed, many probably will not. Interpretation of definitions in Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) is simply that and definitive answers can only be supplied by the authority concerned. The Traffic Penalty Tribunal maintains a library of Traffic Regulation Orders and encourages councils to send in copies of their TROs for inclusion. The Library can be accessed Here.
Even where motorhome parking is allowed it may be necessary to buy a ticket for every bay occupied. In other cases whilst motorhome parking might be allowed weight wise it may be impossible because of restrictions on occupying only one bay (and vice-versa). Note that the links provided are just that and imply no right to park a motorhome at any particular place.
Generally speaking, where there are two-tier councils (as opposed to unitary authorities), off-street car parks are the responsibility of city/borough/district councils and on-street parking is controlled by county councils. Most links below lead to information about off-street parking. Where on-street parking bays are provided it is the norm for parking over multiple bays not to be allowed and for there to be a strict requirement to park within the width of the bay/lane. Other local regulations may also affect on-street parking but otherwise national legislation applies.
Parking pages usually include contact information so individual enquiry can be made through that route. It is sometimes possible to arrange a dispensation if contact is made with the council in advance.
Ensure that any contact with a local authority is constructive and polite. It might be tempting to try to embarrass a local authority which does not want to discuss providing motorhome parking but it may well be that the authority concerned has genuine reasons for its stance. Trying to embarrass is more likely to entrench opposition than to overcome it.
A small number of town and parish councils also have responsibility for car parks. Where information is available details have been included.
Also included are details of Attractions & Theme Parks and Shopping Centres/Outlets which either publish motorhome parking information or provided information when contacted. There are also notes of places which ignored requests for information. This is by no means an exhaustive list. If others are suggested they will be considered for inclusion.
Note that, except where explicitly stated, information given applies to daytime parking only. Owners of attractions are required to comply with the requirements of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960, just like anyone else, so any arrangements to stay overnight would need to be negotiated in advance. Overnighting without permission, ignoring signs banning overnighting (or, even worse, destroying such signs as has happened repeatedly in some places) will - and has - only lead to daytime parking for motorhomes being prevented by barriers.
Where parking is provided, bear in mind that it is designed for use by customers of the Attraction and not for the convenience of people visiting the general area. Ensure that vehicles are parked in accordance with any requirements of the site owner in order to avoid any extra parking charge. Whilst penalty charges can not be levied in private car parks a contractual relationship is entered into and any regular abuse by motorhome owners is likely to lead to facilities being withdrawn.
The information is presented by local authority area (just click on the appropriate link). Each page will open in a new window.
Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire (see also Manchester and Merseyside), Cornwall, Cumbria,
Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, (County) Durham (see also Teesside/Cleveland and Tyne & Wear), Essex,
Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent,
Lancashire (see also Manchester and Merseyside), Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, (Greater) London, (Greater) Manchester, Merseyside,
Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland (see also Tyne & Wear), Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland,
Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire (see also West Midlands), Suffolk, Surrey, (East) Sussex, (West) Sussex,
Teesside/Cleveland, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire (see also West Midlands), West Midlands, Wiltshire, Worcestershire,
(East) Yorkshire, (North) Yorkshire (see also Teesside/Cleveland), (South) Yorkshire, (West) Yorkshire.
Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man.
Parking information on the web sites of other organisations.
Truck Stops in England and Scotland, Parking in National Parks, Parking at Water Company Leisure Facilities,
Parking at Public Body/Charitable Trust Tourist Sites serving England, Scotland and Wales.
Parking at Motorway Service Areas, Parking/Overnight Camping at the Roadside and/or in a Lay-by, Parking at Supermarkets.
Parking in NCP car parks.
The pages for each car park (accessible from the Car Park Finder Page) contain details of height restrictions but not width restrictions or ability to park over several bays.
It is advisable to contact NCP (details Here) for advice before attempting to park.
Off Site Camping in the UK, Making The Case for Aires in the UK, Nightstop letter example/template, The Futility of Aires Petitions.
Motorhome Notes (includes extra information on Motorhome Parking in the UK).
Some other points to bear in mind.
On 4th November 2015 the Supreme Court found in favour of Parking Eye in its action against Barry Beavis in regard to the legality of charges for overstaying in private car parks. Despite what some web sites may still claim, therefore, such charges are legally enforceable.
Employees of local authorities and other organisations sometimes have high workloads and/or may not have been fully trained in the application of parking rules. In any dispute remain calm, make notes of events and take up the dispute with managers in a civilised manner at a later date.
In any car park, check any signs to ensure that your vehicle is allowed to park there. In particular, do not use coach bays unless specifically told you can.
Where overnight parking is allowed in car parks there may still be a ban on sleeping/camping in the vehicle so check first.
In Pay & Display car parks it is always worth checking whether you need to buy more than one ticket if your MH overhangs into a second space - or (in any car park) whether overhanging the confines of a marked bay might result in a penalty charge.
Before attempting to enter any car park, especially in a larger motorhome, check that there is room to manoeuvre your vehicle safely and without danger to anyone.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that some rural car parks suffer from anti-social use, fly-tipping and vandalism and that, as a result, they are locked overnight. If you think this might apply to a car park you are intending to use it is worth contacting the owner to check in advance.
Any comments can be sent to graham at gjh.me.uk (replace " at " with "@") but it is not intended that information supplied by site users will be included as it used to be.
|Web Site History
This project started out when, just after purchasing our motorhome in June 2006, we came across the impossibility of parking in some towns or areas of them. The initial intention was to document both friendly and unfriendly places we came across or which we found out about from others. Prior to going on holiday in August 2006 I obtained information from Herefordshire, Powys and Worcestershire councils (all of which were very helpful) and that gave the site a start.
Subsequent conversations with people we met on our travels revealed the fact that some local authorities were unco-operative when asked about parking for motorhomes, some even ignoring requests for information. I used to work as a Freedom of Information officer for a local authority so I knew that such responses were unacceptable.
I also realised (through research into other projects aimed at fighting height barriers) that simply waiting for others to make contributions was rather unproductive. So, it became obvious that pro-active contact with local authorities would be more practical and I decided, therefore, to contact all UK local authorities for information.
Several approaches/information requests were made to the 400+ local authorities (and other organisations) in the UK between 2006 and 2009 and the site content was based on their official responses.
Contributions from site users, when received, were added. Approximately 475 users of this web site sent in contributions between 2006 (when it was first created) and 2012. They deserve the thanks of everyone using the site (over 170,000 hits in 2012 alone).
Unfortunately, scheduling of regular updates was disrupted by family bereavement. Subsequently, the incidence of ongoing plagiarism (people copying data from the web site and selling it on a commercial basis in flagrant breach of copyright conditions) resulted in the decision not to continue putting in the effort just to be ripped off. As a result I had intended closing the site but was persuaded not to.
Instead, the site has been redesigned to contain links to parking pages on local authority web sites. In 2006, only a handful of local authorities published motorhome parking information. By July 2013, when the site redesign started, about 90 did so. A one-off exercise to encourage more such publication was started in August 2013 and, as a result, many more agreed to do so. As at 23 December 2013, some 172 LAs publish motorhome parking information with 64 others having expressed an intention to do so in future (many within a few months).
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© G. J. Hadfield 2006 - 2017
Last updated: 15 August 2017