Gwynedd Council to create French-style stopover motorhome sites near county town centers

Gwynedd Council has secured funding to develop a network of French style lay-bys allowing motorhomes to stay close to town centres.

These small urban stops are common in France and CAMPRA – the campaign for Real Aires UK – has been pushing for them to be rolled out in the UK.

Now Gwynedd Council has received £240,000 in funding from the Welsh Government to develop its Aros-fan project which will improve assets such as public car parks in six destinations across Gwynedd. It will provide a network of locations that will create legitimate provisions for “overnight” parking and year-round sleeping for motorhomes.

Venues will need to be within walking distance of town centers with the idea that they help bring in money to the shops, pubs and restaurants in those communities.

It will also help reduce illegal and inappropriate parking by some RV owners.

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It is part of the Welsh Government’s Brilliant Basics investment fund and will be shared between 18 projects that will help deliver small-scale infrastructure improvements at strategically important tourist sites across Wales.

A full list of projects can be found at the bottom of the story.

Dafydd Williams, Environment Manager for Gwynedd Council, said: “Gwynedd Council has undertaken significant research into campervans in the county and listened to the views of communities, campervan owners coaches and campground operators to understand illegal or inappropriate overnight stays in the county.

“Through the Brilliant Basics funded project, we will pilot a network of up to six ‘Aros-fan’ sites across Gwynedd which will provide suitable overnight supply for campervans and motorhomes with their own onboard facilities. .”

Sioned Williams, Head of Economy and Community for Gwynedd Council, said: “To support the local economy, the six sites will be located within walking distance of key towns and destinations, have basic services and will operate a strict maximum of 48 hours. to stay.

“While these facilities will not be operational this summer, we expect all relevant infrastructure to be in place by spring 2023. If the pilot project is successful, the Board may consider the development of other Aros-fan facilities in the county in the future. “

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said: “We are keenly aware of the important part that local tourist facilities have on a person’s overall experience on a day trip or holiday. These facilities often go unnoticed, but they are an important part of people’s experience when visiting Wales, while also benefiting those who live in the area.

“The £2.9 million of new funding I’m announcing today will go towards projects that will help us make our destinations more accessible and sustainable, and grow tourism for the good of Wales.”

Organization name

Project name and description

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Brecon Beacons APN

Access for all to the national park visitor centre.

Facilities will include disabled changing rooms and toilets, parking spaces and an all-terrain mobility scooter for hire


Powys CC

Powys Visitor Experience Improvement Project.

The project focuses on three key tourist sites in Powys; Brecon, Llandrindod Wells and Lake Vyrnwy. Each location will feature improvements that allow visitors to more efficiently navigate areas upon arrival, and locate and access key visitor highlights more easily.


Radio-Canada Conwy

Colwyn Bay wharf benches.

Seating will be provided on the newly renovated pier to enhance the visitor experience and provide much-needed seating for those with accessibility issues.


Radio-Canada Conwy

Improvements to maps, signage and tourist information in Conwy and Llandudno


Cyngor Gwynedd


The ‘Aros-fan’ project will improve assets such as public car parks in 6 destinations across Gwynedd to develop a network of locations that will create legitimate arrangements for ‘overnight’ parking and sleeping throughout the year for motorhomes in Gwynedd.


Cyngor Gwynedd

Gwledig Padarn Park, Llanberis.

The project will make improvements to the parking lot in the Glyn area and will include charging stations for electric vehicles, bicycle shelters, an outdoor equipment washing area and earthworks.


Denbighshire CC

Improve Riverside Park (Llangollen)

Improvements will be made to this popular destination and will include mini-golf, play equipment, green infrastructure including e-bike charging stations, water play infrastructure, bandstand seating, signage, etc. interpretation and ramp access between levels of the park.


Flintshire CC

Parks for all.

The Parks for All project will upgrade and improve facilities for visitors and local communities at Wepre Country Park and Greenfield Valley, two of Flintshire’s most popular.

heritage green spaces. Facilities will include improved washrooms including changing facilities and accessible play equipment.


Isle of Anglesey CC

Mon Coastal Gates.

The project will support the delivery of the Môn Coastal Gateways project, which includes electric vehicle charging stations, e-bike chargers, bike storage and improvements to infrastructure works including digital interpretation and recycling facilities .


Snowdonia APN

Improved Morfa Mawddach, Gwynedd

The project will bring much-needed improvements to this popular site and includes car park improvements, refurbished public toilets, charging points for electric vehicles and bicycles.


Bridgend Radio Canada

Bridgend County Sustainable Coastal Path

The funding will enable the completion of the Porthcawl Cycle Scheme which will link the cycle route from Rest Bay to Harborside and from the town center to Trecco Bay. Smart recycling bins will also be located along the route.


Monmouthshire CC

Tintern Welcome

Tintern Welcome will make improvements to the visitor experience at Tintern’s main arrival points including the Abbey, car parks, village center bus stops and at the new arrival point where the Wye Valley Greenway (route walking and cycling) enters the village.


Carmarthenshire CC

Car park layout east of Burry Port.

The upgrades will include an accessible parking area with disabled parking spaces, additional EV charging points, e-bike charging facilities, 6 motorhome day parking areas, smart bins, a new signage and a durable drainage system.


Radio-Canada Neath Port Talbot

Electric vehicle charging and public facilities at Margam Country Park

The project includes charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and the renovation of public amenities facilities in the castle courtyard.


Pembrokeshire CC

Public convenience upgrades to improve inclusivity at Whitesands Beach.

Redevelop existing public amenities in Whitesands Beach to include the provision of changing toilets and a family room. A water filling station will also be installed along with improvements to the interior and exterior appearance of the facility to enhance the visitor experience.


Pembrokeshire CC

Tenby Beach Access Improvements.

Improvements to access to steps, handrails and access walks to North, Castle and South Tenby Beaches.


PAN of Pembrokeshire coast

Gwnewch y pethau bychain.

Improved access will be seen at select Pembrokeshire beaches for wheelchair users which will provide a walkway over the sand, a portable changing structure with a winch and beach wheelchairs. The project will also see boardwalk access at Poppit Sands and the creation of a new viewing platform. In addition, a pilot e-bike rental program will be implemented at St David’s.


Swansea Council

Change places at Rhossili and Mumbles.

Installation of Changing Places prefabricated toilets at Rhossili & Mumbles.


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