Lincolnshire County Council leaders are sending out a strong message that overnight parking will not be tolerated at Huttoft Car Terrace after issuing 40 court summons.
An on-site debate was held at the car terrace with executive county councillor for economic development, environment, planning and tourism Colin Davie, county councillor Stephen Palmer, local residents and motorhome owners who were visiting the area all taking part on Thursday.
Coun Davie said: “I have now authorised for necessary legal action to be taken against overnight parking at Huttoft Car Terrace.
“With the help of Lincolnshire Police who are working with us, 40 notices of court summons have now been issued to those who have been in breach of the by-laws, which could result in a maximum fine of £500 plus court costs.”
Coun Palmer added: “These court summons are a message from the council that we are not tolerating overnight parking anymore, it has gone on for far too long.
“Residents in Bilsby, Huttoft, Alford and Sutton on Sea are feeling too intimidated to go up to the terrace because of those parking up there overnight.”
The council tried to resolve the issue by installing height barriers in the hope it would stop overnight parking, but the barriers were soon damaged, costing the taxpayer more than £35,000.
Coun Davie added: “Once we have gone through the courts to sort out the current situation, I will decide on what the council will do next in regards to the height barriers. The bottom line is people have breached our trust and we want to get the balance back.”
But Coun Palmer believes keeping the barriers down for the time being is a chance for the trust to be restored.
“We are not discriminating against motorhome owners as the barrier has not been put back up, so here is an opportunity for them to prove they can be here to enjoy the facility and not park here overnight,” he said.
During the debate held at the terrace, residents and motorhome owners had a number of differing opinions.
Barbara Sykes and Eddie Rosamond have lived in Huttoft for 15 years. Barbara said: “We can’t tarnish all of the motorhome owners with the same brush as it is not fair, but this is a small minority of people who are ruining it for the rest of us. People feel intimidated and are now afraid to come to the car terrace at night.”
Motorhome owners who were visiting for the day had slammed the facilities along the East Coast. One owner said: “There is no facility along the coastline where motorhomes can park, we are feeling isolated because we can’t park up anywhere, for us the season has already ended before it’s hardly begun.”
They suggested the problem could be solved by a pay and display system.