Skegness traveller camp closes car park

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A car park in a Lincolnshire seaside resort has been closed after dozens of travellers set up camp there.

A small number of caravans had been on Skegness's Princes Parade car park, off South Parade, since the start of the week but more have now arrived.

East Lindsey District Council said it had begun legal action to have the travellers removed.

The travellers have said they do not intend to stay in the car park in the long term.

Bailiff threat

James Gilbert, from the council, said the authority was doing all it could to resolve the situation.

"Accusations that the council has been slow to react are completely unfounded," he said.

"We acted immediately when this issue happened and the reality is that there is a clear process we have to go through in law.

"And, despite what (Communities Secretary) Mr Pickles and some other people say, there is a very clear process and we cannot deviate from that otherwise we will get nowhere."

The council has applied for a court order which will be considered next week. If granted, it will give the travellers three days to leave before bailiffs can be brought in.

Lincolnshire Police said they had not received any complaints about increased levels of anti-social behaviour.

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