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Clean-up underway following travellers visit over Easter

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Travellers who descended on Princes Parade car park in Skegness over the Easter weekend have now vacated the area.

According to East Lindsey, the clean-up started as soon as the travellers had left.

Small numbers of travellers started to arrive late on Thursday evening, with the main influx on Friday evening.

They started to leave yesterday (Monday) with the remainder leaving this morning, (Tuesday, April 22).

Portfolio holder for the environment Coun Steve O’Dare, said: “We’re as frustrated as the community at not been able to take formal action more quickly and we will be actively lobbying the Government for greater powers to deal with issues like this.

“Going forward, I will be organising meetings with key partners to discuss the matter and the district council will be reviewing its car park security arrangements. Over the weekend, when out and about in the resort, in relation to this issue, I spoke with a number of businesses to understand their concerns.”

He added: “Contrary to local rumour, the council had no idea that this group of travellers were intending to come to Skegness this weekend; however we were able to put our plan in place to manage the situation sensitively to minimise disruption for the town.”

Comments on East Lindsey District Council’s official Facebook page suggested that there is a feeling among residents that it is unfair how travellers do not pay the parking charge, which normally applies to those wishing to park.

Duncan Wainwright posted: “Charge them same as you do locals. You are very quick to slap a parking ticket on us if we don’t have the correct ticket or overstay what we’ve paid for.”

Sylvia Watkiss said: “Why don’t you put up barriers or warnings about parking?”

In his statement, Coun O’Dare concluded: “The law does not allow the council to remove anyone from its land without a Possession Order issued by a court. A Possession Order cannot be obtained prior to a piece of land becoming occupied. With it being a bank holiday weekend the earliest we can apply for a court hearing is today (Tuesday).”

 

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