Beaches have never been so popular across the country in recent weeks.
With temperatures hitting 36.4C at Heathrow Airport on Friday (August 7) – making it the hottest August day since 2003 – it’s easy to see why.
One of the beaches thousands of people flocked to over the weekend was Camber Sands, in Each Sussex.
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That didn’t stop most, however, with some people even leaving their cars mounted on kerbs, undeterred by the stream of parking tickets that had already been placed on other vehicles.
Camber resident Adam Hodgon, 36, claimed many of those dumping their cars can afford the £30 parking fines because they live in London.
He told Kent Live : “A lot of them live up in London so a £30 ticket means nothing to them.”
Adam lives with his family in a small house overlooking the cluster of cars.
The angry resident went on to call the situation a “nightmare”.
He said: “We tend to just stay in when it’s like this.
“The other week it was horrendous, it took me an extra hour to get home from work because of how gridlocked it was. Whichever way you go, there’s traffic.
“It’s a nightmare.”
Long time resident Marilyn Peake, 73, claimed the influx of visitors has made lockdown very stressful.
She said: “It’s never been as bad as this, it’s gone a bit mad. It’s nice that people are using the beach but something needs to be done.
“We’re getting rubbish in the front gardens and people don’t care where they need to urinate etc.”
On Friday, July 31, when Britain saw its hottest day of the year so far with temperatures hitting 37.8C at Heathrow, visitors were turned away from Camber Sands when the car parks became full and local roads clogged with traffic.
Visitors were also asked to stay away from some of Kent’s most popular beaches as they become overcrowded, and to consider quieter alternatives instead.
A similar message was sent out in Brighton, while pictures also showed Bournemouth and Southend beaches rammed with sun-worshippers.
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