Motorhomes and campervans allowed to stay overnight at Jersey beach after 2019 ban

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A new pilot scheme is to be put in place which would allow motorhome and campervan owners to stay along the beach in western Jersey. Despite the promising news, a date has not yet been given for when the pilot scheme will take place.

 

Overnight stopovers were banned following an increase in complaints about anti-social behaviour in 2019.

This led to a petition followed by a States vote in the same year agreeing to make plans for designated camping spots around the island.

Although staying along the beach is technically illegal outside of campsites in Jersey, authorities had always allowed it to continue.

The pilot scheme would allow up to four motorhomes and campervans to stay at Le Port in St Ouens for a trial period.

Caravans won’t be allowed under the new plans.

When asked by ITV News when the trial would start, Kevin Lewis, Jersey’s Infrastructure Minister said: “There’s a lot of paperwork to do yet, as soon as possible.

“It will be for campervans only with their own toilet facilities.

“Theoretically if you buy a camper van and you’re an island resident you can take it from the port to your home and lock it up.

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“But this has been used informally down here at Le Port so we’ve been trying to make something formal out of that.

“We’ve got to negotiate with the constables, we’ve got to negotiate with the environment to get everybody together to agree on a principle of what can and cannot be done here.”

Despite the seeming resolution to the issue, campaigners are not happy that it has taken so long.

Campaigner and campervan owner Paul Hymas said all people want to do is spend a night at Le Port, have a good time and go home.

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