Caravan park operator wants more action from council on illegal parking

MARISA REIDY

A CARAVAN park operator at a popular north Kerry beach is calling on Kerry County Council to do more about illegal overnight parking, which he claims is damaging his business.

Ben Breen of Sir Rodger's Caravan Park at Banna Beach said he is frustrated at the amount of tourist caravans and camper vans parking on the main promenade where there is a ban on overnight parking.

Mr Breen, who has been operating his caravan park at Banna for 12 years, said the situation is getting worse year after year.

"Last weekend alone there were eight caravans on the main promenade and this is simply not permitted. Because I run a caravan park this is obviously costing me serious revenue each year and it's getting worse and worse and costing me more," he said." I've been on to the council and they don't seem to be doing enough."

A spokesperson for Kerry County Council said they are aware of Mr Breen's complaint and, like all complaints of this nature, are doing their best to address the issue. They added, however, that it is impossible to patrol all the county's beaches 24 hours a day.

According to Kerry County Council's beach bylaws, no person shall place or keep any caravan , tent or temporary dwelling on any part of 17 listed beaches without the consent of the council.

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