Originally Posted by Sundial
As a resident of the town, I can assure you that parking/sleeping overnight is allowed in King George's car park, Victoria Avenue and the North Beach car park at the end of Bon Accord Road. The fee is approx £5.50 each night. I would mention that the North Beach car park has the football club adjacent so might be more noisy, plus the recycling bins are situated here.
I actually wrote in to the Town Council saying they were missing a trick by banning motorhomes and you can see the notice board at the entrance has been changed to reflect this change of heart. Enjoy!!
As regular visitors to the area, last summer we discovered the Council was allowing overnighting at the two carparks in Swanage.
Unfortunately, however, I spotted the note below posted on another forum this morning:
Swanage bans overnight stays
The inconsiderate action of a few motorhome users has resulted in Swanage Council banning all motorhomes from staying overnight. The following email from the council explains:
We did allow campervans in Main Beach car park for an overnight stay. This allowed people the option of staying an extra night, for example, on a Saturday night if they had to vacate the campsite on Saturday morning etc. Unfortunately as very often happens, a minority of people were abusing this facility and using the car park as a campsite. We received complaints that people were using the public conveniences to empty their chemical toilets. The toilets (which very often, had just been cleaned) had to be redone due to spillages. Complaints were also made that the stream had been used for the same purpose and very often trees etc were used to hang washing on! At the Transport Committee Meeting held on 30th November 2010 the following recommendation was taken: It was RECOMMENDED TO: Withdraw the opportunity for overnight parking of campervans in Main Beach and North Beach car parks as a result of mis-use of the Council's facilities. Therefore, there are no car parks available for this purpose. There are a couple of lay-by's in Swanage that motorhomes do use, very often for a night before they can get into a campsite. These are found at the north end of Swanage in the vicinity of Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park and Northbrook Road.