Campers make life hell for residents

Ray and Jane Boots are angry and frustrated at the impact illegal campers are having on their lives.
They have lived in Butler Street for 21 years and they say it has always been a quiet, friendly neighbourhood, a great place to live and raise their family.
 Their street, like many in Byron Bay, they say, is now constantly crowded with illegal campers. Not just Wicked vans, but big Winnebagos, station wagons and tents.
 Ray and Jane say the illegal campers just don’t park their vehicles and go to sleep. They set up camp, tables and chairs, washing strung from trees, rubbish all over the place.
Over the Easter weekend they counted up to 23 vehicles one night and there was loud music and partying until all hours.
They say they don’t even want to think where the campers go to the toilet, but from the amount of toilet paper on the ground and the comings and goings from bushes on railway land, it’s not hard to guess.
The couple say they are fed up with the situation.
They have contacted Byron Council rangers and have been told the council is the process of putting up new ‘No Camping’ signs.
 “What a joke. So what if they move them on in the morning – we are yet to see any fines being handed out – they have already had a good night’s sleep and will be back again the next night,” they said in a letter to the Byron News.
“We know this is happening all over town, what is the council going to do about it?
“Putting more signs up is just not good enough. We need rangers moving these people on before they settle in for the night, not at 7am the next morning.
“There is plenty of legal camping available in town. Let them pay like everyone else.
“Does anyone else feel like we do about this situation, any suggestions on how to solve this problem?”

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