Beach car parks close as crowds flock

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One of several crowded car parks in Camber on a warm weekend

Car parks that service Camber Sands in East Sussex have been closed until further notice to discourage large numbers of people travelling to the beach.

In an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) visitors will no longer be able to use any of the beach’s car parks including Camber Western, Camber Central and Old Lydd Road from Monday evening, March 23.

The decision was taken after a worryingly large number of people headed to the beach over last weekend, despite government’s advice on social distancing.

A spokesman for Rother District Council said: “We appreciate people need to get exercise and fresh air at this time, but the number of people visiting the beach from outside the area at the weekend posed a serious risk to public health.

“In light of the government’s advice, we feel we have no other option but to temporarily close Camber’s car parks to discourage people from further afield travelling to the beach, and ensure the safety of residents and our staff.

“Our parks will remain open for the time being although, as with all of our services, this will be kept under constant review. We would urge people to take government advice seriously, to not gather in groups and to avoid contact with people who are not in your household.”

Signs warning visitors that Camber car parks were closed were put in place to divert traffic away from the area, and road signs directing people to car parks should have been covered up. Anyone considering travelling to the Camber area is being urged not to make unnecessary journeys and stay closer to home – but the advice and the notices were still ignored.

Up-to-date information about disruption to council services and links to public health and government advice can be found at www.rother.gov.uk/Coronavirus

Source: Rother District Council

Image Credits: Rye News photographer .

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