Social Democrats Cllr for Greystones, Jodie Neary, has called for clarity over the legality of campervans parking in Greystones. Cllr Neary raised the issue after residents in the central area noted an increase in the number of campervans parking along the seafront and concerns over campervans parking in the Irish Rail car park during summer months.
Speaking on the issue, Cllr Neary says “it’s been an ongoing concern for residents as the number of campervans parking along Marine Road or the car park behind Irish Rail, increases as the weather improves. While ultimately there is no issues with campervans parking, the problem is when they are parking overnight, sometimes for a week or longer, when the area is not catered for longer term campervan stays.
“Some residents have reported not being able to get our of their driveways due to large campervans parking in the way, or witnessing people emptying waste from their campervans into the gutter. Before Covid, there was a large number of campervans in the Irish Rail car park which took over the facility rendering it unusable for locals. Campervaners were using the public toilet for washing, cleaning and hanging out their clothes to dry or again, getting rid of their waste. There are environmental concerns about this and it shows the real need for appropriate parking facilities for campervans. Currently, Greystones does not have such an area, and in fact there are very few across Wicklow. I think it would be great for tourism if there were sites allocated purely for campervans so they don’t feel the need to park along the seafront or in public car parks.
“I have enquired with Irish Rail about the gate going into the Irish Rail car park which was without a lock for a number of years. They have confirmed they will reinstate the lock and make sure their contractors close it when leaving. This will ensure that campervans cannot enter this area which is not suitable for long term stays.
“Furthermore, I have enquired about reviewing the bye-laws which currently state that campervans are allowed pretty much anywhere so long as they pay their parking fees. I’ve been notified that Bray Municipal District will be reviewing parking bye-laws and I hope they will include the issue of appropriate parking of campervans. I will follow up with this in due course” concludes Cllr. Neary.