Labour Councillor Michelle Hall pictured chilling out with her husband Joe beside their campervan.
With the reopening of society this month and an outdoor summer season being encouraged by the Government, Labour Councillor Michelle Hall is calling on local pubs, farms and businesses with parking spaces to allow overnight motorhome parking.
Councillor Hall, who owns a converted campervan herself, says that the potential boost to the local economy by motorhome tourists shouldn't be overlooked during the summer season.
"There is a lack of campsite facilities along the North-East coast of Ireland, even though camping and touring vans are on the increase every year” she said, “more so now due to the restrictions on overseas travel.”
“We live in areas of outstanding beauty such as the coastal villages of Baltray, Termonfeckin and Clogherhead yet we generate very little income from tourism.
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“If local businesses in the Greater Drogheda area gave permission or even charged a nominal fee for motorhome parking overnight this could, not only generate income for that business, be it dining out, drinks in the pub or buying produce from a farm, it would also encourage more visitor numbers to our area.
Hall says we should be promoting motorhome parking all year round and points out that many campers are retired professionals with money to spend.
“As most campervans are self-contained, there is no upgrade needed to accommodate the vehicles, but providing access to toilets, showers, freshwater points, chemical toilet waste point or waste disposal bins, means landowners could charge up to €10 per night per vehicle.
“Information is generally shared through specific camping apps such as Camper Contact, Park4Night or social media camping pages. It is a very common practice in the UK and mainland Europe, and there's no reason why it should not work in Louth too," she said.
Councillor Hall has requested Louth County Council to provide overnight parking in Drogheda and is happy to report that suitable locations are currently being investigated by the Infrastructure Department.
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