The clifftop turning area at the end of Forrest Road has again become an unofficial camp-site for a large motor caravan – which local residents say has been parked there for weeks .
The area provides a panoramic vista over the Bristol Channel to the North, East and South and is surrounded by some of the most desirable detached homes in Penarth.
The only difference in situation between the local residents is that they pay top rates of council tax for their £1,000,000 plus homes where as motor caravans are not subject to council tax – or even parking charges.
Local home-owners say that although the caravan has been parked there for “many weeks” they say local councillors and local police are just “not interested”.
It’s by no means the first time that local residents have had to tolerate casual camping at the end of Forrest Road. At least one motor home caravan now takes up station there every summer .
Despite the pleas of local home owners there are no yellow lines or parking restrictions at this spot
In 2015 there was long-lasting run-in with the owner of an Elldis motorhome who commandeered the same desirable spot. The motor caravan which is now occupying the Forrest Road terminal is a much larger – but apparently untouchable – vintage Leyland vehicle.
Residents say the onus said the Vale of Glamorgan Council to take this matter in hand and “It is not right that these people can just park anywhere”. There are, however, no parking restrictions in the area and no yellow lines.
Motorhomes are regarded as just motor vehicles under the law, – which can be parked wherever it’s legal to park a car. Campers pay nothing for parking and no council tax applies to vehicles.
Meanwhile there is a growing number of motor caravans being parked-up in quiet side streets throughout Penarth . There is, after all, almost as much space in a motor caravan as there is in some of the tiny cramped “studio apartments” currently being marketed in Penarth for upwards of £300,000 each.