English councils opening informal motorhome stopping places

If you’ve holidayed in France before you may be familiar with Aires De Service, stopping sites available throughout the country for motorhome users.

Unfortunately the ‘impromptu’ camping opportunities haven’t been available in the UK on the whole, however this is set to change as a number of local councils will be rolling out plans to create motorhome stopping places over the next few months.

The first location to welcome a new motorhome area is Scalby Mills in Scarborough. Motorhomes will be allowed to park up overnight free of charge in the car park next to the Sea Life Centre. 

This new scheme is designed to discourage motorhomers from pitching overnight on public roads; a ban will be placed on this activity in Scarborough between 11pm and 8am.

A number of other UK councils are implementing similar systems. The A303/A3088 roundabout in Yeovil is in the process of accepting motorhomes at its Cartgate truckstop and picnic area, while Lytham St Anne’s swimming pool car park just south of Blackpool is running a pilot scheme in which motorhomes can stay overnight in the lower section of the car park for £5 per vehicle per night (maximum three consecutive nights).

Wherever you’re camping, make sure your vehicle and its contents are protected by taking out a dedicated motorhome insurance policy. Coast can offer you a competitive quotation free of charge on 0800 614 849.