Motorhome website advertising Caithness cemetery as a good place to park removes listing
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A website and app listing pitches mostly for motorhomes sparked disgust after some users highlighted inappropriate parking options for an overnight stop – including next to a Caithness cemetery.
But the Park4night website, which invites users to share their experiences of parking in various countries across Europe, immediately removed the listing for Corsback, near Dunnet.
Typically, posts indicate where there is free parking, official sites and facilities, with comments tending towards the quality of the stay being peaceful or otherwise.
Councillor Struan Mackie was alerted to the cemetery listing by a constituent and discovered that a large proportion of the sites listed comprised council-owned car parks, harbours and cemeteries.
The post which has been removed was described as: “Graveyard. Water inside the gate on the new side, ideal to restock. Could spend a night also.”
Councillor Mackie, who represents Thurso and Northwest Caithness on Highland Council, said: “Having been alerted to this website by a concerned constituent, I was disgusted to learn that our cemetery car parks are being listed as suitable sites for overnight stays.
“Having visited the website and downloaded their mobile app myself, I can see that the sites listed are almost exclusively council-owned grounds from our car parks, harbour properties and cemeteries.
“It is deeply concerning that under the facilities section of the Corsback cemetery listing the application noted that there is fresh water available via a tap just inside in the cemetery grounds, and that that it is an ideal place to restock your water supply.
“This is irresponsible and wrong. The facilities in our cemeteries are for our burials staff and for maintaining the grounds. Our car parks and cemeteries are not camp sites and I have asked the council to take action against the company immediately.”