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Rolling up at beauty spot to contest bylaw

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Wild campers met at the east coast at the weekend to complain about moves they say could stop them pulling onto local beauty spots.

Overnight parking campaigner Andy Strangeway said he informed both Lincolnshire Police and the local authority about his intention to visit and stay at the Huttoft Car Terrace and despite a bylaw preventing overnight stays, he said he wasn’t challenged.

He said: “The reason we took this direct action was to protest at the bylaw, the height bariers which prevent high-sided vehicles pulling onto the car terrace, and the fact 
this breaches disability legislation.

“Numerous friends joined me in 15 motorhomes. We stayed over the two nights and we were not fined which we believe clearly confirms that the county council has no legal authority to issue the fines for the reason that we took direct action for in the first 
place.”

Mr Strangeway challenged Coun Colin Davie, portfolio holder for environment, strategic planning and toursim, to respond after he had previously stated the authority would ‘not tolerate any illegal activity’.

Coun Davie said: “The bylaw is a legal instrument that is signed off by the secretary of state so if Mr Strangeway has a problem he should take it up there.

“The height barriers were necessary because over the last couple of years irresponsible wild campers have restricted access to it for everybody else. The car park terraces should be open for everybody.”

Sutton on Sea North councillor Steve Palmer said the reason some restrictions were put on Huttoft Terrace was because there were wild campers who lived on there causing an inconvenience for residents.

 

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