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Seaford Town Council update on Motorhomes and caravans on the seafront, Seaford 29th August 2018

Submitted on 29 August 2018 by STC Officers

  • Cliff Gardens update (30th August 2018)

Since yesterdays update Seaford Town Council is liaising with Lewes District Council to serve a Section 77 Notice on the owners of the caravans to move. This requires them to do so within 24 hours. Failure to move will then result in court proceedings against the individuals which will be progressed as soon as is possible but will be days rather than weeks dependent upon court schedules.

The Council has also discussed the illegal incursion with several residents who witnessed it and observed the criminal damage to the rubble sacks. The details of the accomplices who were part of this including their vehicle details are to be passed to the police as a criminal investigation for damage caused.

  • Cliff Gardens current situation (as at 29th August 2018)

Following issues with caravan’s and motorhomes within the section of unmade highway known as Cliff Gardens Seaford Town Council loaned some concrete blocks to close of the road after evicting all the caravans and vehicles.

There was also an issue regarding the road condition on Cliff Gardens which is owned by The Town Council. It was therefore decided to close the road to enable works to take place once tenders were received and funding in place.

All of the occupants moved amicably to places as far afield as Scunthorpe and Stockport.

This was very effective, unfortunately however at short notice the concrete block were needed by the their owners, Newhaven Port Authority, to deal with illegal incursions in the Denton Island area. Temporary rubble sacks were therefore placed on Cliff Gardens and the Town Council ordered its own concrete blocks to be manufactured at a cost of £1400.

Unfortunately, before these were supplied on or about the 24th August one of the sacks was split and two caravans gained illegal entry to Cliff Gardens. The Town Council is now working with all parties to legally remove these caravans. Court proceedings can take several weeks and cost several thousand pounds so all options are being explored.

As an when there is more information to share Seaford Town Council will update its website.

In the future a new Traffic Regulation Order will be put in place on Cliff Gardens to better manage the use there by caravans and motorhomes. Previously there was no simple means of enforcement without this in place, hence the time it took to move the last group of visitors referred to above. This Order has to be put in place by East Sussex County Council as the Highways Authority. Seaford Town Council is therefore pressing to progress this as soon as possible. 

        

  • Motorhome issues in Seaford

Seaford Town Council receives numerous complaints relating to motorhome use on the Seafront, more than on any other subject matter. These complaints come from two main groups namely local residents who do not want motorhomes near their premises and in particular free long-term parking to live in. The second group is motorhome owners who wish to visit Seaford, in particular the Seafront, but find they cannot park there and are then pushed into residential streets where they can park, with no view. These locations are close to residential properties which creates resentment from those residents who in turn occasionally complain.

 

  • Action

For the medium to long term solution Seaford Town Council has looked at the existing Traffic Regulation Orders on the seafront to try and find a compromise solution which suits all parties. This has been done in partnership with East Sussex County Council which as the highways authority is responsible for putting in place Traffic Regulation Orders.

Consequently, new Traffic Regulation Orders are being progressed for the seafront which will allow motorhomes to park there but not overnight.

Also new Traffic Regulation Orders for the HGV car park area of the Buckle car park and the Martello car park or part thereof, will enable motorhomes to park overnight upon payment of a fee and limited to one night stay only, with no return within a specified time.

These new traffic Regulation Orders will be easier to police and impose fixed penalties for any breaches, which is difficult with the current orders. Seaford Town Council does not control the implementation of these, any queries should be directed to East Sussex County Council at Parking.ESCC@eastsussex.gov.uk , or by calling them on 01323 466244.

 

  • Implementation of New Traffic Regulation Orders

The new Traffic Regulation Orders will be published in draft by East Sussex County Council for the public to respond to and will be publicised on Seaford Town Council’s social media and website as part of the Planning Committee agenda. Also, anyone who wishes to keep up to date with all activities at Seaford Town Council can register to receive regular emails by contacting admin@seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk

The first draft Order covering the roads on the seafront but not the car parks has recently been consulted on and was supported by The Town Council except that the draft order did not prohibit overnight parking on the landward side of the seafront on an evening, this has been objected to. The Town Council wish to see the same restrictions on the landward side as the seaward side. Namely that motor caravans are not permitted to park there from 9pm to 8am. East Sussex County Council will have to decide how best to deal with this issue.

Seaford Town Council has also made representation regarding the status of the car park in highways law to enable it to be better managed in the future, again this will be a matter for East Sussex County Council to resolve.

      

  • Caravans

The siting of caravans at any time on the highway is not permitted in any areas covered by a Traffic Regulation Order, this will be extended with the introduction of the above Traffic Regulation Order for Cliff Gardens and Cricketfield Road in due course. Otherwise caravans have to be moved utilising whatever option is legally available.     

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