East Lindsey District Council has successfully applied for an injunction, which gives the authority the ability to respond more quickly to the unauthorised occupation of council car parks on the Skegness foreshore.
The order, granted by Birmingham High Court, requires anyone unlawfully occupying the foreshore car parks, as well as Tower Esplanade and the Princes Parade extension (grassed overflow car park) to move within four hours of a formal request. Anyone breaching the order is in contempt of court.
The council applied for the order to be granted, whilst it considers a programme of improvements to car park security.
Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend around 100 vehicles and 70 caravans unlawfully occupied the Princes Parade Car Park in the resort and smaller encampments have since occurred on three occasions.
In recent weeks the council has been compiling its evidence to support the legal case for the order.
Portfolio holder for the environment at the council Coun Steve O’Dare said: “I’m pleased we’ve been successful in securing the order, which lasts for three months. btaining this type of order is very difficult. We have demonstrated to the court that the order is necessary and they have allowed it on land where we’ve been able to evidence previous issues.
“Following the encampment at Easter I gave a very clear commitment that the district council will do all it can to prevent car parks from been occupied unlawfully and this is part of that effort. Shortly I will be bringing forward proposals that improve car park security further.”