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Here are copies of all the codes of conduct we adhere to

Coachman Owners Club  Code of Conduct


1. The rally marshal is responsible for the conduct of a rally and for ensuring that those

attending comply with this code.

2. The rally marshal must ensure that all members are aware of The Countryside Code,

The Caravan Code and Marine Conservation Society.

The Venue

3. Coachman Owners Club will take reasonable steps to satisfy ourselves that the site to

be used is not subject to a relevant order under paragraph 13 of the First Schedule to

the 1960 Act (for caravans), or an Article 4 direction under Schedule 2 to the Town and

Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (for caravans and

camping), and that it is not one where planning permission has been refused or where

enforcement action has been taken.

4. Coachman Owners Club will consult the local authority before meeting on land adjacent

to sites for which planning permission has been granted (i.e. next to permanent or

commercial sites).

5. Coachman Owners Club will agree to move from and avoid any site to which the local

authority maintains a valid objection.

6. Coachman Owners Club will not meet on sites adjacent to certificated locations/sites

unless the proposed site is clearly differentiated and the risk of interference with local

people and other users is minimal.

7. Coachman Owners Club will take reasonable steps to ensure that the siting of units (a

caravan or motor home) does not unduly interfere with the activities of local people, their

privacy or their enjoyment of their property. They will also ensure that the siting of units

does not interfere with the enjoyment by others of the landscape, natural beauty or

nature conservation value of the area, particularly in areas designated for their landscape

or wildlife qualities.

8. Coachman Owners Club will undertake not to over-use any venue and will consider

carefully before holding successive meetings on the same land.



9. Local people should be able to carry on their normal activities when meetings

are in progress. The organisation will take reasonable steps to minimise

disturbance and will investigate and deal with the causes of any complaints


10. Care should be taken not to damage the site or the surrounding locality. Trees, fences,

buildings, equipment and stock should all be respected.

11. Domestic animals belonging to members of the organisation will be kept on a lead and

under close control. They will not be allowed to run loose on the site or cause

disturbance to local people or animals. They will be exercised away from units and

those parts of the site used for communal activities. Any mess will be cleared up.

12. The rally marshal will identify open space suitable for the playing of games which might

otherwise intrude upon or constitute a danger or annoyance to others on or around the


13. Noise should be kept to a minimum for the comfort of others on the site as well as

people who live or work nearby.

Road Safety and Access

14. The responsible person will take steps to ensure that travel from major roads to a

proposed site is not likely to cause undue disruption or difficulties for other road users.

Access to the site must be suitable for the number and likely size of units attending the

meeting. The arrival and departure of units should be arranged to minimise disruption

to other road users.

15. The speed of vehicles on the site should be restricted to 5 mph.

Spacing and Density

16. For health and safety purposes emergency vehicles must be able to gain access to

any unit on the site. At least 6 metres is required between units in all circumstances.

For this purpose a unit means a caravan or motor home. In addition, there must be a

minimum of 3 metres between any awnings, gazebo’s or pup tent and the car or towing

vehicle. Emergency vehicles should be able to secure access at all times to within 90

metres of any unit on the site.

17. This paragraph does not apply to Coachman Owners Club as we do not have tents,

but it has retained for information for our members.

Where a site is being used by both caravans and tents they must be sited entirely

separate from each other for health & safety reasons. However, this does not

necessarily mean segregated. If the layout of the field does not allow for separate lines

of tents, it is permissible to continue a line of caravans/motor homes with a line of tents,

but they must be sited en-bloc and not interspersed. Trailer tents are classified as tents

and must be sited accordingly. Children’s “pup-tents” may be erected alongside the

parents’ unit and should be considered as part of the unit for spacing purposes. It is

recommended that there is at least 6 metres between any rows of caravans and tents.


Fire Precautions

18. Open fires and barbecues will not be held except with the permission of the rally

marshal. Where permission is given for open fires or barbecues, they will be sited on

open ground, away from units, vehicles, awnings and any other structures.

19. A fire extinguisher approved to British Standards Institute and/or Fire Officers

Certificate standards will be held on site.

Chemical Toilets and Waste Water Disposal

20. Coachman Owners Club will act responsibly when disposing of the contents of

chemical toilets and waste water and take full account of the need to safeguard water

supplies and prevent the pollution of rivers and streams.

21. On-site disposal of the contents of chemical toilets and waste water will be in

accordance with arrangements agreed with the site owner/occupier. Neither will be

allowed to foul the ground except at designated disposal points. If there is any doubt

about the disposal of waste, Coachman Owners Club or, if appropriate, the rally marshal

will contact the relevant Local Authority for advice.

Refuse disposal

22. Organisations should ensure that refuse is either taken home or disposed of in

accordance with on-site arrangements. The rally marshal should be satisfied that

appropriate arrangements are in place.

here is a link to the government website 
           Countryside code

The Caravan Code

Whether trailer or motor caravan, it is a vehicle designed for caravanning. Its appearance and colour are appropriate and do not offend public opinion.

It is regularly serviced so that it is safe in all respects when touring on the road, and on site.

On the Road

The selection of trailer caravan and towing vehicles allows performance Inline with the Towing Code, namely

(a) The actual laden weight of the caravan should be kept as low as possible and should never normally exceed the kerb weight of the towing vehicle

(b) The engine is powerful enough to keep the outfit at a speed, particularly on hills that does not balk other traffic

(c) The caravan is carefully loaded to provide good balance and avoid instability.

(d) The caravan complies with all Road Traffic Acts and other relevant Regulations, in particular that there should be an adequate view to the rear of the caravan.

Where the caravan is a trailer towed by a vehicle, it is insured against Third party risks this must cover not only the caravan when attached to the towing vehicle, but also when detached.

Particular attention is paid to those sections of the Highway Code relevant to trailer caravans

(a) To cause the minimum inconvenience to other traffic the caravanner observes traffic to his rear and ensures that every opportunity is offered for other vehicles to overtake. This includes the need always to allow space in front of the outfit for faster traffic to pull into with safety (and never to have two or more outfits bunched together), and on narrow roads to pull in and halt at a safe place to allow following traffic to overtake.

(b) To carry out normal road manoeuvres with increased care to take account of the length of the outfit, the vehicles reduced acceleration and its longer stopping distances when braking. This requires greater anticipation, early signalling of intentions, and a very careful watch of overtaken traffic, particularly cyclists, before pulling in again to the near side of the road.

On Any Site

The member:

  1. (a)  Pitches on private land only with the express permission of the owner

  2. (b)  Places the caravan where it will not interfere with the convenience

(c) Avoids damage to turf by digging holes only when absolutely necessary and replacing turf where possible and by considerate use of the vehicle.

(d) Disposes of any rubbish only by the means provided on the site. If no receptacles are provided, as on some small farm sites, rubbish is taken home for disposal or to any other recognised disposal point that has space.

(e) For touring, other than on sites equipped with toilets, will carry his own sanitary equipment (usually chemical closet and related fluid) and dispose of the contents only at the point provided for that purpose. If burial is necessary, as perhaps on private property, this will not be done in the vicinity of any watercourse.

(f) Allows no waste water from the caravan to foul the ground, but ensures that suitable receptacles are connected to the waste pipes to collect the waste, and the receptacles emptied as necessary. In the few instances where no disposal point is provided, minimum fouling is achieved by distributing the water over a considerable area, as along a hedge.

(g) Allows neither children nor animals to spoil the enjoyment of others, by keeping them under control.

(h) Drives slowly and quietly when on site. Respects the privacy and peace of others at all times by keeping to a minimum mechanical, instrumental and vocal noise.

(i) Ensures that any laundry outside the caravan is displayed as discreetly as possible.

(j) Keeps the pitch neat and tidy with no loose equipment outside the caravan beyond what is necessary or appropriate and on departure leaves it as clean as, or cleaner, than it was on arrival.

(k) Observes the Country Code relating to water cleanliness, fire dangers, litter, public paths, gates, control of dogs, damage to crops; hedges, walls, trees and plants, livestock and wildlife.


At all times, on the road or on site, the caravanner shows courtesy and consideration to all comers so that the goodwill of the general public towards caravanners is maintained and improved.

The Seashore Code (Marine Conservation Society)

The British Isles have over 16,000 km of coastline. This includes some of our most varied and best loved scenery - sea cliffs, rocky shores, rock pools, sand dunes, salt marshes - and some of our most interesting wildlife.

On a warm sunny day the coast is ideal for holiday makers, but it is also our wildest frontier and can be dangerous. It is subject to battering by wind and sea, searing heat, bitter cold and driving rain. Coastal wildlife survives by ingenious means, often at the limit of its tolerance. Compiled by the Marine Conservation Society, this Code explains how you can best enjoy the coast and its wildlife, without causing harm. By following the Code, and showing it to other people, you can help to ensure that this wonderful part of British heritage survives for us all to appreciate in years to come:

Show Respect for Seashore Creatures

Seashore creatures are fascinating and have found special ways of living in their environment. They have to adapt to survive the rigours of wave-action, exposure and predation. Some have shells for protection, but many need to hide under rocks, seaweed or in the sand

Exploring the seashore is fun, but please remember:

  • Leave animals where you find them.

  • Take care when touching soft-bodied animals - they are very delicate.

  • Carefully lift and replace any rocks you may have moved - there are animals
    underneath which need them for shelter.

  • Leave attached seaweed in place - there is plenty lying loose on the strand line.

  • Do not trample through rock pools.
    Take Photos, Not Living Animals

    • Shells come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Many still contain living animals, even if they do look 'dead'. If you want to collect shells, please make sure they are empty before taking them home.

    • If you want to buy a souvenir:

o Buy a photograph, book or poster of

colourful marine creatures rather than shells, coral, starfish and urchins or other 'marine curios'.

o Remember 'curios' would almost certainly have been alive, when collected.

o If we don't buy them, the shops won't sell them.

Avoid Disturbing Wildlife

You can see many animals at their best when they are behaving naturally. This is true for animals such as seals, otters and seabirds, as well as rock pool animals.

To avoid disturbing wildlife:

  • It is best to watch from a distance, through binoculars if possible, especially if the animals are nesting, or pupping in the case of seals.

  • Keep your dog clear of birds and other animals.

  • Remember, it is now illegal to disturb or harass many species of birds and animals.

Take Your Rubbish Home with You

Beach rubbish is unsightly and can be dangerous to sea creatures. Much of the litter on our shores comes from tourists, shipping, fishing vessels and sewage outfalls. You can help to reduce this problem when visiting the coast:

  • Take your rubbish home - burying it is no solution.

  • Keep your dog from fouling the beach.

  • Report canisters or drums that may be washed
    up on the beach, but do not touch them.

  • Take part in BeachWatch - the annual beach clean and survey organised by the Marine Conservation Society, or Adopt-a-Beach - a
    regular survey of beach litter.

  • Bag It and Bin It, Please Don't Flush It - bag and
    bin all plastic bathroom waste such as cotton bud sticks.
    Watch Where You Go
    Beaches and sand dunes are prone to erosion and easily damaged by people and vehicles. To help protect the coast:

  • Keep to established paths and dune boardwalks.

  • Park in designated car parks and keep access
    to footpaths clear.

  • Do not use beaches or dunes for scrambling
    motorcycles or other 'off-road' vehicles.

  • If you dig holes in the beach, please fill them up

  • Leave pebbles and rocks on the beach rather
    than collect them for your garden.
    Be Careful!
    All cliffs are unstable and potentially dangerous, yet they are an impressive sight and from the cliff top it is possible to enjoy a panoramic view of the coastline. Cliffs also provide a very specialised habitat for the plants and animals that live on them.
    Take Care Near Cliffs:

    • Remember that it is dangerous to climb up or go near the top or bottom of a cliff.
      o Pleasedon'tthroworpushanythingovertheedgeofcliffs.Aswellasbeing
      dangerous, it can increase the rate of cliff erosion and kill or disturb wildlife.

    • Play safe on the beach too:
      o Checktidetimestoavoidbeingcutoff.
      o Keepawayfromsoftsandandmud-itiseasytogetstuck!

The Seashore Code

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