TOURISTS in RVs and RVs can now stay overnight for free in a number of Barrow Borough Council-owned car parks.
It is hoped that this move will encourage visitors to stay longer in Furness and spend money on local businesses.
Cllr Ann Thomson, Head of Borough Council, said: “Our Borough is full of historic and listed buildings, a beautiful protected coastline, unique islands and fantastic wildlife, including the only seal colony in Cumbria.
“Not to mention our proud industrial heritage which has made a vital and significant contribution to the character of the region.
“We have great local businesses that have gone through a difficult time in the past 18 months.
“We know that we must do everything possible to attract trade and customs to our borough. ”
RVers can now stay overnight at a total of four sites in Barrow – Barrow Park, Furness Abbey, Biggar Bank and Thorny Nook parking lot on Walney.
In July, Cumbria Tourism began raising the profile of a new 200-mile Cumbrian Coastal Route (CCR) in an effort to encourage RV users to explore lesser-known parts of the county.
The “CCR200” route is divided into smaller sections, all of which can be done in one day. It aims to show that there is “more to Cumbria than it seems” – whether in Morecambe Bay to the south or the Solway Firth to the north.
The decision to allow caravanners to spend the night in Barrow parking lots is the final step in the project.
Cllr Thomson said: “Barrow itself has over 200 listed buildings while the borough is home to a protected coastline, four designated sites of special scientific interest (SSSI), sand dunes and beaches, as well as attractions fantastic like Furness Abbey and the Dock. Museum.
“Many visitors want to explore some of the lesser known but no less special parts of our county and this is a great opportunity to be able to welcome them to the region.”
Cllr Thomson said one of the council’s priorities was to “feed our visitor economy” by “making sure people are aware of the fantastic attractions we have here”.
She said the CCR200 project “would help us do just that”.
A code of conduct for sites is available on the web at barrowbc.gov.uk/visitors/motor-caravans/