Campervan staycation plan includes laybys

Fionnphort car park would have been hit by parking charges before the proposals were scrapped.

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Campervans will officially be able to park-up in laybys in Kilmore, Ardchattan and on Mull as part of Argyll and Bute’s new staycation plan.

Oban’s Ganavan car park is not on the list of 17 sites included in a council report detailing where self-sufficient campervans, with their own toileting facilities, will be able to park.

The sites, spread across the whole of Argyll and Bute, have all been allocated without a public consultation but feedback from communities will be monitored.

All of the sites are free car parking areas or laybys, although a small number have their own toilet facilities.

Sites in the Oban and Lorn area include the A816 Kilmore layby at Loch Feochan, the layby opposite Ardchattan’s disused church, Craignure Pier car and lorry park, and the car park at Fionnphort’s Columba Centre.

The details of the plans will be discussed at the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee at its virtual meeting today, Thursday June 3.

The report, by executive director Kirsty Flanagan, said: ‘A number of sites have been identified and will be publicised as available for potential parking sites during the day with potential for overnight stays as part of a pilot project which will be monitored.

‘This will only be available for campervans who are self-sufficient and have a toilet due to there being no waste facilities available in most identified council locations.

‘There will be a requirement, to comply with fire safety, for any campervan to keep a minimum of six metres from any other vehicle. Spacings will be marked on the car parks and these markings will be displayed on the website for ease of identification.

‘The sites will have appropriate signage identifying the maximum number of campervans that can stay at the site.

‘Further signs will be provided identifying where the nearest waste disposal site can be found.’

Ms Flanagan added: ‘The main method of communication will be via the council website where sites will be identified together with advice and information relevant to campervans appropriate spacing.

‘It should be noted that no public consultation has taken place regarding these proposals, rather it is proposed that the pilot project will monitor any feedback from communities which will be considered for future years staycation planning.

‘It should also be noted that all efforts will be made to direct staycation visitors to existing commercial facilities.

‘The council pilot provision is being offered as an addition to help plug any gaps in the market and also to help to minimise inappropriate parking.’