The caravan and camping industries in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole (BCP) in the United Kingdom may be impacted by new plans to restrict camping, open fires, and anti-social behavior, according to a report by the BBC.
BCP Council has launched a consultation on introducing three Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). The restrictions would be introduced in coastal areas, some open spaces, highways, and car parks.
According to the council, the proposal follows concerns from residents and visitors about negative behaviors impacting the enjoyment of local beaches and open spaces and affecting the environment.
Thousands of people flocked to the resort when the first lockdown was eased in June 2020, which led to the council declaring a major incident. The authority said the orders would allow it to restrict certain activities within a public area to tackle a wide range of anti-social behavior issues.
The proposed restrictions include a ban on overnight camping and sleeping, a ban on the lighting of any open fires, and a ban on lighting any barbeques in selected open spaces, parks, and heathland.
In addition, some activities would be banned within the specified geographical areas, including car parks and highways, such as overnight sleeping in vehicles, playing loud music, and acting in an anti-social manner.
Some behaviors would also be banned or restricted within the specified coastal and beachfront areas, including a ban on overnight camping and sleeping, a ban on playing loud music, a ban on acting in an anti-social manner, a ban on lighting any open fires, and a restriction on lighting barbeques before 18:00.
These proposed restrictions may affect the caravan and camping industries, as they could limit the activities and options available for visitors. The council encourages the public to participate in the consultation, which will close at 23:59 GMT on 19 February, to have their say on addressing concerns.