DIY campsite

Improvised: Unofficial, but here to stay

WASTELAND in Albir has become an unofficial campsite.

Residents complaining about the parked campervans in the area off Calle Sant Pere have so far met little response from the authorities.

Owners’ perennial excuses that they are merely making a stopover hold no water. Satellite dishes and solar panels on many vehicles indicate that they and their owners intend to stay for some time.

The site has no water, electricity or drainage although these deficiencies are not discouraging the campers.  And what encourages them is the fact that they are saving site fees of between €25 and €35 a day.

Not only nearby residents are unhappy about the improvised site.

“This demonstrates the council’s failure to control the unfair competition affecting our sector,” complained Francisco Delgado, president of the Benidorm and District Campsites association.

Clandestine sites are often camouflaged as temporary service and parking areas where campervans can rest for a day or so, Delgado said. Instead, they are used for long-term stays.

These abuses were reported more than a year ago but little has been done to control the situation, he claimed, and the maverick sites have tripled.

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