FYLDE’S move into motorhome tourism will start tomorrow when the seafront car park behind St Annes’ YMCA pool will be opened for business.
The pilot scheme will run for seven days and nights per week until October 1. No extra facilities will be provided – but they will be considered for future years if this summer’s experience goes well.
The aim is to attract prosperous motorhomers to Fylde by emulating the ‘aires’ found in municipalities across France.
Coun Albert Pounder, Fylde Council cabinet member for customer and operational services, said: “We think our motorhome ‘park’ will be one of the first in the country and, we hope, will attract motorhomers to Fylde from across the nation.
“Motorhomers have come to the area for years, but they have stayed on the road and have had to go home at night. The new scheme will allow them to stay for up to three consecutive nights.
“Motorhoming is a fast-growing activity and we expect that visitors will spend money in local shops, pubs and restaurants and thus boost the local tourist economy.
“We know that some residents dislike seeing motorhomes parked on the promenade.
“Opening the car park at the back of the pool is a good position for visitors while meaning that residents don’t have to see them in front of their homes all night.”
The fee will be £5 per night.
Motorhomers wishing to stay the following day will have to pay the normal car-park tariff.
Overnight parkers will have to stay in the central area of the lower section of the car-park and will be forbidden from having open fires or barbecues.
Caravans and trailers will be banned and only motorhomes under 10m will be allowed.