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Locals of Boscawen Road and Cliff Road say their home has been turned into a...
Locals of Boscawen Road and Cliff Road say their home has been turned into a ‘pop-up festival site’ (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)

Camper van owners parking on a beautiful sea-front road for months on end are ruining the view for people who pay to live there, locals say.

Residents of Boscawen Road and Cliff Road in Falmouth, Cornwall, say unwanted visitors are using the bushes as toilets, which is ‘obvious by the smell’.

Meanwhile parents walking past with their children can hear people having ‘loud sex’ inside their vans.

There are no parking restrictions on the road, so police haven’t shown up to issue tickets to motorists.

This means camper van owners have been able to use it as a ‘free campsite’, and more have been appearing in recent weeks as the summer holidays kick off.

Locals claim a 52-seater coach believed to be housing a family-of-five has been parked since March.

Geoff Fuller, 88, who lives on Boscawen Road with his wife Pam, 86, said the neighbourhood has been turned into ‘an unofficial free camp site with no facilities’.

A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road and Cliff Road (pictured) in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
More and more vehicles are turning up as the summer holidays get under way (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road (pictured) and Cliff road in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
No overnight parking restrictions mean campers are able to stay for as long as they please (Picture: SWNS)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road and Cliff road in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites, locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet. General view of Swanpool Beach.
Residents say their beautiful view of the ocean is being ruined (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road (pictured) and Cliff road in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
Bushes nearby smell of urine as campers have been using them as a toilet, locals say (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road (pictured) and Cliff road in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites, locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
One vehicle, believed to be housing a family-of-five, has reportedly been parked up since March (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road and Cliff Road (pictured) in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
The council is considering introducing overnight parking restrictions to tackle the issue (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)

He told The Sun: ‘The nearest toilets are hundreds of yards away on the beaches and it’s obvious, by the smell, that some of the van occupants don’t bother using them. They just go in the bushes or the woods.

‘We know that you can’t buy a view.  But neither should you be able to treat a public road like this.’

One resident compared the area to a ‘pop up festival site’ and said the surrounding woods and bushes ‘stink like a cesspit’.

Another added: ‘I was told by one camper that he was living there while his own home was up for rent on Airbnb. That’s like putting two fingers up to us.’

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However a more sympathetic Boscawen Road resident said: ‘There are people living in those vans because they can’t afford a home.’

A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road (pictured) and Cliff road in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
Others are more sympathetic to the camper van owners, pointing out that many might not be able to afford anywhere else to live (Picture: Metro.co.uk/SWNS)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road (pictured) and Cliff road in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
‘We know that you can’t buy a view.  But neither should you be able to treat a public road like this,’ one resident said (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road and Cliff Road (pictured) in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
One local suggested residents should do more to engage with the van owners (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road and Cliff Road (pictured) in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
One camper said he was living in his van while his home was up for rent on Airbnb, one resident said (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)
A row has broken out between residents of Boscowen Road and Cliff Road (pictured) in Falmouth and an assortment of buses, campers and vans which use the streets as unauthorised overnight campsites,locals say they are sick of people living in their vehicles on the roads, blocking the view, having loud sex and using the bushes as a toilet.
Parents have had to walk past vans with their children while people inside were having ‘loud sex’ (Picture: SWNS for Metro.co.uk)

Writing on the comments section of local newspaper the Falmouth Packet, one reader said: ‘If they actually engaged van owners in conversation rather than castigating them, they would find many of them are…responsible folk making the most of what nature offers us all.

The possibility of introducing overnight parking restrictions to tackle the problem was floated at a Falmouth Town Council meeting on Monday.

Cllr Laurie Magowan said extending opening hours of public toilets could also help the area stop smelling of urine.

A traffic restriction plan is currently in the works having provisionally been approved before going to public consultation.

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