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Green Light for Youghal Motorhome complex

downloadEast Cork tourism has been boosted after a local authority received planning permission for a motorhome parking complex.

The development, in Youghal, is earmarked for a 6.6 acre site close to Claycastle beach and adjacent to Aura Leisure Centre.

It will feature a 62-bay complex along with 10 coach-parking spaces, an all-weather playing pitch, tennis and basketball courts, a picnic area and playground.

The site which has been derelict for many years, has been predominantly owned by Youghal Town Council but the council sought planning due to some part ownership by Cork County Council.

The scheme was originally devised by former town clerk Liam Ryan as part of a long-term strategy for the commercial development of the Strand area.

The proposed complex will provide further enhancement alongside news that the nearby storm-damaged boardwalk will be replaced this year.

A motorhome park is deemed to be a designated place on which the user usually parks for less than 72 hours.

Typically, parking spaces are delineated to facilitate vehicles up to eight metres long in bays three metres wide. Access to services usually ranges from free to €3 while parking charges vary up to €10 per day.

Motorhome tourism, long established on the Continent, has become increasing prevalent across Ireland. Dozens of such vehicles park in Youghal throughout the year, but without proper facilities in which to accommodate them.

Colin McCarthy, secretary of the Phoenix Motorhome Club Ireland, said: “Fáilte Ireland has yet properly to recognise the concept, so it is hugely encouraging to see a local council providing what is available for motorhome tourism across Europe.”

He said 7,000 of Europe’s 16,000 motorhome parks are in France.

There are as yet no cost estimates for the Youghal project, but it is hoped that grant aid and local authority funding will drive the development to completion.

With Youghal Town Council about to be abolished, Mayor Sammy Revins says it “will be a matter for the new municipal district authority and Cork County Council to take it up from here. This is a rapidly growing tourism sector and it is vitally important that the project is progressed as soon as possible”.

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