East Lothian Council bids to make walk to beach ‘too far’ for campers

Thursday September 14th 2023

Some campers pictured at Yellowcraig Beach East Lothian

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

An overnight parking ban at a popular coastal car park is to be extended half a mile inland in a bid to make the walk to the beach ‘too far’ for campers.

East Lothian Council introduced an 18 month temporary ban on overnight parking in its coastal car parks in January this year.

And a meeting of the council’s Labour administration cabinet this week heard that it had led to a ‘significant reduction’ in problems they had been experiencing from people camping on vulnerable and protected areas, at Yellowcraig beach people were parking on the road leading to the car park instead.

Councillors were asked to approve a series of parking restrictions and speed limit changes across the county including at Yellowcraig.

Ian Lennock, the council’s road assets manager, told the meeting: “One of the issues we found with Yellowcraig, in particular, is with people parking just outside the (prohibited) area of Ware Road which is restricted by yellow lines.

“Without wanting to extend yellow lines across the county it is felt that taking it a little further back will reduce the likelihood that people will park on that road and still be willing to walk to the beach carrying their camping equipment and all the ancillaries that go with that.”

The parking restriction would extend from the car park to Eel Burn Bridge on Ware Road, 0.6 miles.

Concerns about speeding at Longniddry and West Barns saw plans to introduce further speed reductions put forward by officers as well as parking restrictions across the county in areas where issues with indiscriminate parking had been identified.

The proposed new restrictions also included a waiting restriction on two disabled parking bays outside the Co-op in East Linton and lifeboat crew only spaces to be created outside North Berwick lifeboat station.

Officers also plan to close off a lay by at Peffer Burn, Drem, which has become a target for flytippers.

The restrictions, which can be viewed in full HERE were unanimously approved by cabinet members.

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