Barriers to stop motorhomes going up in resort car parks

Barriers to stop motorhomes going up in resort car parks

5 June 2019

WORK has started to install height restriction barriers at a number of car parks in Newcastle to deter motorhome owners.

The specially designed overhead barriers are being erected at the Downs Road and Glen River parks in the resort which command spectacular views of the Mournes and Dundrum Bay.

Alternative parking arrangements have been made for motorhome owners elsewhere in the resort, with the erection of the height restriction barriers at sea front car parks welcomed by Mournes councillor, Willie Clarke.

He explained that Newry, Mourne and Down Council took the decision to restrict parking by motorhome users following complaints from residents.

He said they voiced concern that parking was becoming more difficult due to the increase in the number of the large vehicles parking all day and night at popular parks. 

“When the issue of installing barriers along the seafront was agreed, I requested that officers ensured that they would be of a high quality design. I believe we have achieved this outcome with the design incorporating the Mourne mountains,” said Cllr Clarke.

“I am also pleased that dedicated motorhome bays have been provided in Castle Park and that the spaces are being well used.”

Cllr Clarke said it was important that the local authority works with motorhome owners as Newcastle and the wider region needed to be a welcoming place for visitors.

He added: “It has to be recognised that displacement of motorhome and camper vans from the Downs Road and Glen River car parks had to be accommodated elsewhere

 I believe it is essential that there is an area for these vehicles vans to park overnight in a controlled manner, while not taking business away from private sites.”