The introduction of bye laws prohibiting the overnight parking of Campervans and/or Caravans at certain locations in Bundoran and Ballyshannon was discussed at this week's meeting of the Donegal Municipal District.

At his last meeting as a councillor, Cllr Barry O'Neill from Ballyshannon referred to a number of location in his prohibition of parking motion including Lawne Park, Market Yard, Cluain Baron and the Townlands of Coolcholly, Townparks and Ballyhanna in Ballyshannon and also in Bundoran at Newtown, at the main SuperValu Car Park at Railway Road, the Sea Front Car Park (beside Amusement Park) and adjoining road
and at Tullan Strand Car Park in Bundoran.

In his answer, Senior Executive Engineer with Donegal County Council, Mark Sweeney advised council members that the request to introduce bye laws to prohibit overnight parking of campervan and/or caravans at the above mentioned locations would present both legal and technical difficulties. Some of these difficulties are as follows:

1. There are two town lands mentioned that extend over a large area in Ballyshannon and is it intended to prohibit the parking of such vehicles in these areas even if they are on a street or on private lands.

2. Consideration will need to be given as to how such bye laws will be policed.

3. Consideration will need to be given as to how such bye laws will be enforced.

4. Consideration will need to be given as to whether or not such bye laws could be viewed as
discriminatory. Members are advised that in 2005 the Council have already agreed a strategy to deal
with illegal encampments.

This strategy has two Acts that are used to deal with illegal encampments,

They are as follows: 1. The Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 as amended by Section 24 of the Housing (Miscellaneous provisions) Act 2002. - This act does not apply to any public road.

2. The Planning and Development Act 2000 - This act is enforced where an illegal encampment is situated on any public road or on private lands. If the Members decide to adopt this motion then legal advise will need to be sought regarding the legal and practical difficulties in the policing and enforcement of such byelaws, he said.

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