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Dad ditches house for motorhome after ‘midlife crisis’

Ian Reeves

Ian Reeves travels up and down the nation in his motorhome (Picture: Ian Reeves)

5 months in the past, Ian Reeves left his home and moved right into a motorhome. Attracted by the liberty of the nomadic life-style and having undergone a divorce the 57-year-old lastly realised his dream. And he hasn’t appeared again since.    

Ian enjoys travelling up and down the nation, exploring completely different areas and areas of the nation.  

He advised the ECHO: “After I turned 50 I purchased my motorhome, I went by way of a midlife disaster. At 51 I did my motorcycle take a look at, at 52 I went paragliding, nevertheless it’s the very best factor that is ever occurred to me.

“I simply liked the life-style. I liked travelling round. I went round Anglesey, Scotland, I’ve carried out a little bit of Northern Eire and I liked it. I liked the liberty to stand up within the morning and prepare dinner breakfast within the open air when it is not raining, go for a pleasant lengthy stroll and do no matter I wish to do.”

Ian made the choice to maneuver into his motorhome full-time after getting a divorce from his spouse.

The influence the coronavirus pandemic had on his enterprise promoting hair loss merchandise additional spurred his determination to change to van life.

Ian mentioned: “Throughout covid my earnings went down 80 per cent so I discovered it loads cheaper to dwell in my motorhome. It is the very best factor I’ve ever carried out. I nonetheless do a bit of labor on my laptop computer in my motorhome as a result of I’ve nonetheless started working to earn a bit of cash.”

He mentioned the motorhome group is made up of individuals of all ages, together with those that have transformed their vans on a price range and others who’ve purchased a contemporary motorhome kitted out with all of the facilities.

Ian mentioned: “I dreamt of getting a motorhome, it is such a pleasant lifestyle.

“Do not get me mistaken, I’ve nonetheless obtained worries as a result of residing in a motorhome every little thing you personal is in a motorhome. If it will get damaged into every little thing you personal is in the identical area so you need to watch out the place you park.

“There’s by no means any bother, there’s at all times good comradery. We’ve a very good chortle and a joke, everyone seems to be at all times there to assist everybody out. If I’ve ever obtained a flat tyre or flat battery there’s at all times a motorhome proprietor round that will help you out.”

Motorhome homeowners like Ian are taking a stand towards the current £20 in a single day parking expenses which have been launched within the space round Merseyside’s New Brighton’s Coastal Drive.

Wirral Council mentioned the experimental visitors regulation order (ETRO), which is in place for a interval of 18 months, shall be saved underneath common evaluation and might be amended if crucial.

Motorhome owners

Motorhome homeowners are sad in regards to the new in a single day parking expenses on New Brighton’s seafront (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

However many motorhome homeowners have argued that the parking expenses are too excessive and have put them off visiting the wonder spot all collectively.

Ian mentioned: “A £20 cost is simply ridiculous. They’ve made it so costly that you simply will not keep there. I do not thoughts paying a payment, if it was £5 I’ve fortunately pay £5 an evening.

“The cash ‘motorhomers’ are bringing to the financial system is kind of some huge cash. After I go down there, I on common spend £100 for a weekend. I’m going for a drink, purchase meals in Morrisons and have meals within the native pub.

“After I park up of an evening time I attempt to park up someplace and by no means keep there greater than a day or two and check out my finest to not park in entrance of individuals’s homes.”

Lee Mathie

Lee Mathie described the brand new parking expenses as ‘ridiculous’ (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Lee Mathie, 48, from Moreton, can be a daily customer to New Brighton, the place he travels a minimum of as soon as a fortnight in his motorhome.

He mentioned he might see himself residing in his motorhome sooner or later however mentioned the brand new parking expenses have put him off parking in a single day.

Lee mentioned: “I might see myself travelling, residing within the motorhome by all means as a house from house. The group is at all times there that will help you and all of us look out for one another as effectively.

“I keep in a single day on the Dips however not for £20, it is completely ridiculous. I stayed in Haven about two months in the past and it was £9 an evening, I obtained my electrical energy, bathe and waste drop, I obtained passes for swimming and passes for leisure.

“The motorhome group as a complete within the nation, there’s about 200,000 vans within the nation, however down New Brighton I’ve seen between 30-40 vans. I’ve seen most likely two or three vans which have stayed down right here for greater than two weeks on the trot however the majority of them, they’re right here for 2 nights and so they’re gone.”

Parking sign

New indicators have been erected on the magnificence spot warning folks in regards to the new in a single day parking cost (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

The Echo understands that the intention of the brand new expenses is to higher management the place bigger autos and motorhomes can park as a way to take away obstruction on the general public street, which is a statutory obligation for native authorities.

It is usually understood that the brand new ETRO is anticipated to enhance waste administration within the space and assist the authorities implement the general public area safety order in place on the New Brighton Dips.

Again in October 2020, councillors had agreed an acceptable web site for campervans in Wirral was wanted following studies of “foul smells” and “unsavoury companies” inflicting well being and environmental points for locals in New Brighton.

The council mentioned they’re persevering with to “examine the viability of offering a devoted, serviced web site within the space for touring autos” as a longer-term resolution to the problems.

With regards to waste disposal, Lee mentioned folks in campervans and motorhomes typically make use of waste drop amenities at service stations, public bathrooms, farms, native pubs and campsites, or take it house with them.

Lee mentioned: “I can dwell on this for 2 weeks, I’ve a 150 litre tank onboard. Most motorhomes will carry waste for 2 weeks and contemporary water for 2 weeks.”

Lee and Ian are among the many motorhome homeowners and native residents who’re calling on the council to cut back the worth of the parking expenses on Coastal Drive.

The quantity of street indicators which have been put up within the space informing folks in regards to the new expenses have additionally been described as an “eyesore” by locals.

A spokesperson for Wirral Council mentioned: “That is an Experimental Site visitors Regulation Order (ETRO), in place for a interval of 18 months.

“As such it is going to be saved underneath common evaluation and might be amended if crucial. As with every new ETRO, folks can specific their views about it to the council throughout the first six months of its implementation.

“They’ll do that on-line at www.wirral.gov.uk/highways, or in writing to Simon Fox, Interim Director Highways & Streetscene, PO Field 290, Brighton Avenue, Wallasey, Wirral CH27 9FQ. Quote the scheme reference quantity TO/22/07.”


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