This camper van receives the rather onerous reward of being the absolute most-complained-about, non-resident vehicle in Hollingdean.
Residents report that this vehicle was previously stored on the streets of Surrenden. During and immediately after the Covid lockdowns of 2020, it had been left on Harrington Villas across the driveway of a local nursery.
The vehicle has a card in the front window offering the camper for rent (photographed here). When nursery staff and parents reached out to the owner to ask them to move the vehicle, the owner did not respond.
Once parking restrictions were introduced in Surrenden, the van then started to appear on the streets of Hollingdean instead.
The website and contact details left in the vehicle window (offering it as a rental) show that the vehicle is owned by a Hanover resident who lives inside the controlled parking Zone V, and well outside of either the Surrenden or Hollingdean areas.
Local residents report that the vehicle is often left parked awkwardly; in one instance left for several weeks on the zig-zags outside the local school and in another instance, left blocking a local nursery driveway.
The vehicle is very large and often does not move for extended periods of time (residents report this can often be months at a time). This causes friction and upsets Hollingdean residents who see it as being dumped upon them.
It is fair to say that the owner is either unable or unwilling to obtain a permit for their vehicle for the area they live. They also seem to prefer to store their vehicle in Hollingdean (and several miles away from their home) rather than make use of one of the many local storage facilities available for such recreational vehicles.
When the vehicle does move (at the point of the survey: believed to have been three times in the proceeding year), it then reappears within days. The owner has seemingly preferred Hollingdean Terrace as far South as they are able to find space. It has since been spotted towards the North end of Hollingdean, still on Hollingdean Terrace.
In October 2023, R384 ORC reappeared parked awkwardly in Hollingdean - this time on Hollingbury Place - right in the middle of the parade of shops in The Dip. At the time of publishing, residents report that this camper had not moved from this position in at least six weeks.
Shop owners have raised considerable concern about this; they are worried that having such a large vehicle stored immediately outside their shopfronts blocks visibility to passers-by (potential customers) and removes yet another available parking space for customers.
One shop owner, in particular, explained that this was the third time that this specific van had been parked for long periods of time in the Dip and outside their shop like this in their memory. They are extremely concerned that given the time of year (now well outside of campervan ‘season’), it seems unlikely that the camper will now move again for several months, all the while impacting their business there.