A MOTORHOME owner has criticised a council’s decision to increase overnight charges at a seafront car park.
Toni Reynaud, from Emsworth, said the area should follow the example of continental Europe, where he says more provision is made for motorhomers and caravanners.
It comes as Havant Borough Council is to increase overnight charges at West Beach car park on Hayling Island from £10 to £20 at peak season.
As reported, this comes in the wake of complaints from local caravan sites that people were opting to holiday in the car park rather than on their camp sites.
Hayling beach hut owner Susan Hay, pictured, also criticised the council for offering free parking for up to three days for any motorhomer with a disabled badge.
Mr Reynaud agreed that motorhomers with disabled badges should pay the overnight charge.
But he said the £20 fee would force non-disabled motorhomers away.
Mr Reynaud, of Orchard Lane, said: ‘If more places allowed motorhomes to stay overnight, then more visitors would be attracted, and more money would be spent in the area.
‘The application of a £20 charge in high season will effectively force motorhomers away anyway.’