24-hour security launched to prevent further traveller encampments in Skegness car parks

A traveller encampment on the Princes Parade car park, Skegness.
A traveller encampment on the Princes Parade car park, Skegness.
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Around the clock security is being brought in to prevent further traveller encampments being set up in car parks around Skegness.

East Lindsey District Council has announced that it will be bringing in a ‘24-hour presence’ over the weekend to prevent unauthorised use of its car parks and coach stops.

“By bringing in the additional measures the council is keen to ensure that Skegness’ car parks remain open to the public during this busy holiday period,” said a spokesperson.

The drastic measures follow the closure of the council’s Princes Parade car park after dozens of caravans moved in over the past 24 hours.

“The Council is already pursuing legal action to regain possession of Princes Parade car park on South Parade,” the spokesperson added.

The travellers’ presence provoked a heated debate on the Standard’s Facebook site earlier today.

While many felt it was unfair to demonise the visitors because of the way they live, others were angered that they had been able to set up camp and close a car park without paying for a single ticket.

Further comments focussed on allegations of shoplifting and ‘scaring off’ the tourists.