Vandals have this afternoon attacked the newly installed height barriers at a coastal carpark, angering local councillors and legitimate visitors alike.
Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for the environment Coun Colin Davie said the barriers at Marsh Yard carpark had been flung into the ocean for the second time in recent history at a considerable cost to the taxpayer.
He has accused the perpetrators of such ‘disgraceful behaviour’ of spoiling the facility for law abiding users and condemned the action in the strongest terms.
“It’s appalling and disgraceful that the actions of the few are ruining it for the many,” he said.
“The matter is now in the hands of the police as it is quite clearly criminal damage.”
The council had only recently installed barriers at the site several other of its coastal carparks in a bid to crackdown on the many vans and motorhomes unlawfully camping there overnight, often for weeks on end.
A number of motorhome owners later complained that the barriers were discriminating against their legitimate use of the carparks and tarring them with the same brush as the disreputable visitors.
They had called upon the council to enable access, at least during the day, so that they could continue to enjoy the coastal views around Huttoft and Anderby.
Coun Davie says the irresponsible actions of the vandals behind these latest attacks have now made it more difficult to find a solution.
“How can we look at a sensible policy in the future if these people are going to carry out these actions?” he asked.
“We will take control of these carparks in the interest of the local communities and the law abiding visitors who should be able to enjoy the coast without feeling intimidated.”
Motorhome owner Pauline Sands, who is a regular visitor to the coast with her partner Thomas Leach, has also condemned the vandals.
Though she had criticised the council for installing the barriers, Pauline fears that such antagonistic behaviour will only worsen the situation.
“It’s disgusting,” she said,
“We’re not criminals and we don’t want to be associated with these people.”