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Findhorn Village Conservation Company to introduce online booking system for campervans and motorhomes at beach car park


By Garry McCartney

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Looking over the car park towards the village from the back shore dunes. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Looking over the car park towards the village from the back shore dunes. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

A LOCAL village is to have its own official stopover area for campervans and motorhomes.

Moray Council has granted the Findhorn Village Conservation Company (FVCC) planning permission for the 21-bay facility at the West Beach Car Park which will feature an online booking system linked to a barrier raised by a code.

FVCC estimate 50 per cent more vehicles visited the bay this tourist season than last year.

Chairwoman Christine Hunt said: “We saw many vehicles turning up, and there was not space for them. We hope that our new system will allow potential visitors to have a secure and welcoming place to stay.

“We very much welcome the opportunity to enhance the experience of tourists in the area, and we believe we are the first community to provide this facility locally. We are working with Moray Council and VisitScotland on funding through the rural tourism infrastructure initiative, as well as other grant funding bodies.”

FVCC have not yet decided on a charge for the stopover, but agree that it will be no more than £15 for a maximum of two nights.

“We always walk through the area,” said Christine, “but we do not anticipate needing to employ a person on patrol.”

FVCC has collected around £14,000 from car park donations since introducing an honesty box parking scheme in June, 2018.

“People have been very generous,” said Christine.

“Each year we maintain the car park and fill in the potholes ready for the spring. This year is no exception and work will commence over the winter months.”

In 2018, FVCC agreed with Moray Council to allow overnight parking in the west car park because campervans were causing obstructions in the village. Issues arising when the car park was reopened after lockdown led to FVCC investigating stopover options.


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