A Vale of Glamorgan sign warns visitors that the car prk has been closed because of the "Unauthorised Encampment"

A Vale of Glamorgan sign warns visitors to Penarth’s Cliff Walk that the car park has been closed because of the “Unauthorised Encampment”

A number of caravans have set up camp on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s newly re-developed and extended car park at Cliff Parade – a facility designed to absorb the demand for parking space by visitors to the town.  

Local residents say the caravans appeared to have turned up overnight and about half a dozen of them are now encamped in the area occupying both car-parking spaces and parking places specially marked out for tour coaches.

Cllr AnthonyErnest has pointed out there is a long established sign at the entrance to the car park area  prohibiting caravans and overnight parking

Cllr AnthonyErnest has pointed out there is a long established sign at the entrance to the car park area prohibiting caravans and overnight parking

Some are concerned that the caravanners could be “travellers” who may have failed to notice the signs in English and Welsh at the entrance to the parking area which prohibit caravans and overnight parking. There seems to be no specific prohibition on motor caravans.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams who represents the Plymouth Ward of Penarth on Vale of Glamorgan council and on Penarth Town Council says he is  “very unhappy” at the turn of events

Cllr Williams says it is not fair to residents who pay very high  rates of council tax and is also concerned about the impact the encampment may have on local restaurateur Mr Tony Cioni whose well-known restaurant “Cioni’s “ is adjacent to the parking area.

Last year there was a prolonged issue with a motor caravan which persisted in parking in a turning space at the cliff top at the end of Forrest Road which resulted in police action .

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has had to close the Cliff Walk Car Park at Penarth to visitors

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has had to close the Cliff Walk Car Park at Penarth to visitors

The Vale of Glamorgan Council says it understands that some 6 travellers’ caravans  arrived this morning at Cliff Walk . The council is “currently implementing the protocol to seek to  move them on as soon as possible.” It says “ The site will be visited this morning and we will request a welfare assessment as soon as possible “

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  1. Christopher David says:

    In France and indeed much of Europe motor homes – camping cars are catered for everywhere from small villages to cities- from main roads and motorways to supermarket car parks with water and waste facilities. The French Aires come in all shapes and sizes from just “car” parks with maybe water & waste, possibly electricity and toilets to grand affairs with swimming pools, shower blocks and gourmet restaurants. The motor homers bring trade to the towns are made very welcome. Penarth yes make sure the so-called travellers don’t hit you but tourists will bring benefits. Embrace it- upgrade the facilities offered. Advertise it nationally, there are several mediums that reach the prospective audience (but don’t rely on Burnet and the VOG for that) In fact try it yourself, its a great way to get around.

    • Fishhenge says:

      For free? I’ve always paid a fortune to use such facilities in France. Must have missed something.

  2. Mark T. says:

    The Police “action” was, I hope, incidental to the completely legal parking of the motor caravan!

  3. Christopher David says:

    Fish- where did I mention free? However some are if fact free – go to so yes Mr Sarky you have missed quite a lot. Those offering anything over the basics attract a charge. Usually 5 Euros a night and up to over 20 for the grander places. Penarth should upgrade to attract Motorhomes / motor caravans call them what you will and charge a nominal fee to cover costs.

  4. AK says:

    Holiday caravanners rarely arrive in sixes.

    Perhaps they mistakenly came to watch the lighting of the clifftop beacon.

  5. AK says:

    I think you missed the irony in the ‘for free’ remark.

    Our cliff top car park is free, has free toilets and free waste disposal (just dump all the crap as you leave and the Council will remove it).

    Nice view, restaurants nearby.

    Sadly no showers.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Yes I did miss the irony- no inflection to judge. Still if anyone is going to France in a camper I recommend you try France passion and the multitude of town aires. A pity the VOG et al aren’t more forward thinking than our Euro cousins. Yes good point re the six “caravan-ers”

  7. snoggerdog says:

    diversity is upon us.! they cant form a circle in the billys anymore, in fact i dont think they will be allowed to keep budgies in the billys when theyve finished cramming them in too claustrophobic for them.

  8. Peter Church says:

    Check your burglar alarms and doors locks!!

  9. Big Davey says:

    That sign isn’t bi-lingual.

  10. Martin gossage says:

    Well this is a poor attempt at illegal!encampment .Wheres the horses running free on the pitch and put.! Where are the rabid dogs and snotty children No, this is Cameron’s middle class Britain even the setlers has standards .Ps I am shocked no one has sought to make political capital out of this .
    I mean it’s another sixty voters to persuade .Note ..ten per caravan .
    I hear that the trees on the cliff tops are going to be culled to improve the view . .

  11. Eyes and Ears says:

    That car has no road tax so just take it away and crush it.

  12. Peter says:

    This car park should have had a barrier installed long ago so it could be closed off at night.

  13. Big Davey says:

    That first bi-lingual sign shows the welsh language version is fading away…….prophetic……?

  14. Andrew sarchus says:

    Well done the tax spotters. But I doubt the police will take any action. “Travelers” are not soft targets like tax paying residents. And its not PC to “pick” on any persons that don’t fit the easy target profile.

  15. Parcel says:

    I expect they just wanna romania (stau)…………….

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