Motorhome Aires/Parking

Overnight stops for self-contained motorhomes, overnight parking (not camping) allowing sleeping in the vehicle. There’s 250,000+ registered UK motorhomes. Having somewhere to park accessible to the town will increase tourism and boost sales in shops/pubs/restaurants etc. This work’s in places like Canterbury, and indeed throughout Europe (a network of nearly 4000 in France, but also throughout Spain, Portugal, Germany). There could be a restriction of 48hr parking, enabling people to spend a whole day in the town. A nominal charge per night bringing in more revenue for the town – more if water, waste water/chemical disposal points are added (European aires often charge a fee, normally if they provide water and waste, aprox 6 – 15 euro a night), and if authorities dont want to run these facilities, companies who operate these facilities right across Europe, are actively looking for sites in the UK. This is a year round way to encourage motorhome tourists from the UK and abroad.

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4 comments on “Motorhome Aires/Parking

  1. We would like visit Brighouse. We travel all over this country watching and writing about pantomimes usually over Christmas. It is a real challenge to park and find places to stay overnight, I contact councils in the towns or cities we are visiting and they have been most helpful.
    We have now joined CAMpRA (Campaign for Real Aires UK)
    Please could you advise us of parking for Motorhomes in your town and if possible overnight stops. There is a fantastic Aire at the Canterbury park and ride and we would like more in other towns. We are self contained with washing, cooking and toilet facilities and unlike campers with tents and caravans like to get out and go throughout the year, particularly in the winter when places are quiet to visit places and perhaps stay a couple of nights before moving on. Shops, theatres and restaurants would benefit as most motorhome owners are retired folk like us, who like shopping, visiting the theatre and eating out.We need to be able to get to the town centre by public transport.

  2. Would love to visit but the lack of overnight parking and sleeping facilities for motorhomes which are close to the town centre puts us off. This would be a great opportunity to increase income for local businesses. Campsites are too far out of town and closed in the winter, which is when I would visit.

  3. We would definitely support this and visit Brighouse. A recent survey with 8956 responses indicated that 82% of motorcaravans are used all year round. 91% would use overnight parking (Aires) if close to towns.
    The average spend in local shops and restaurants is £47 per day.
    That is over £850 millions pounds per year available to spend in the UK just for letting us park for up to 48 hours.
    Aires are present all over Europe except the UK they are NOT campsites and cater for touring motorcaravans to park up and sleep only. No advance booking, max 48 hours for self contained motorcaravans only. “If we stop we shop” simple.

  4. Why don’t we make motorhome visitors welcome by providing designated overnight parking for them in the canal corridor area. Many are retired and travel all year, they have the grey pound in their pocket which they can spend in our pubs, restaurants shops and attractions. They need to be within easy walking distance of town to visit shops, pubs and restaurants. They have fully self contained vehicles with their own toilets, washing and cooking facilities inbuilt. They neither want nor need all the facilities of out of town campsites, all they need is a tap and drain every few days. The investment is tiny compared with other tourism sectors. If they can’t stay they take their money elsewhere. Increasingly to Europe where there are now 2 million of them, where they are an enormous part of the tourism economy, and where they are welcome and facilities are provided.

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