LOCAL UPROAR: Residents complain about number of motorhomes

PARKING PLANS: Mazarron Council is responding to complaints from owners. CREDIT: Shutterstock

RESIDENTS and businesses in Nerja are complaining about the number of motorhomes parked up in the area surrounding El Plazayo beach.

According to media reports, around 50 vehicles have been parked up in the area for more than a month, as well as a further 30 in the carpark near the Rio Chillar.

Nerja’s mayor, Rosa Arrabal, explained the plots are controlled by the Local Police, however, laws surrounding motorhomes may prevent them from acting.  In Spain, motorhomes are not governed by traffic ordnances in the same way caravans are, meaning their owners can park up on public land and live inside as long as they do not set up any furniture outside.

Previous governing Nerja Council teams erected signs prohibiting the vehicles in public spaces and erecting height barriers to prevent the motorhomes entering.   Barriers were also in place in the public parking space near El Plazayo but are said to have deteriorated to the point vehicles can now enter.

Mayor Arrabal told Spanish media: “The parking area is controlled by the police and I know they are going every few days to ask the motorhomes to move, since they cannot camp there.”

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