LETTER: Wild camping

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What Peter Evans (clearly not a lover of outdoor pursuits) fails to recognise is that most of the motor homes parked up at Goring are in fact day visitors in their motor homes.

They wish only to enjoy one of the few open places on the Sussex coastline.

There are only a handful of overnighters parked there and, in my experience, are responsible tax paying occasional wild campers.

It is not the motor homers who leave their rubbish, as they have suitable storage on board, but in fact day visitors in cars, as it is they who erect wind breaks and move in the day furniture!

How do I know this? Because I’m one of those responsible people who have a motor home and enjoyed the pleasure of a little “wild camping” at this very spot.

Unlike those who seek only to criticise people wishing to enjoying a little harmless relaxation, I have sat for many hours and studied the habits of the car carrying day trippers.

I fail also to comprehend how this effects residents, as they have several access points through the estates directly to the beaches and certainly would not require parking spaces for their cars.

I personally have met many of the locals, and have enjoyed several hours of conversation, none of these gave me the impression that any harm was being done.

Why not use this golden opportunity to make a little British history, do what the French do, and create an Aires?

Parking could be restricted to two or three nights which can be policed by the men on quad bikes?

A modest charge could be made for using these facilities.

All tastes would then be catered for and a little revenue stream could be generated for the local authority.

What a shame that the well meaning person who spoke for the overnighters did not pick his words more eloquently and then stormed out of the meeting. Thankfully we are not all of that mentality.

The comments by some councillors at the recent meeting were sadly made by uninformed people who have not grasped the benefits of a little harmless chilling out.

How sad is that?

Allan Wadmore

Fairlawn Close

Southampton

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