Lincolnshire County Council has defended their decision to implement enforcement provisions at Huttoft Car Terrace.
An on-going debate has been going on among residents, councillors and the motorhome community since the County Council brought in the bylaws and height barriers. But the Council felt the application of these bylaws was in the public’s best interest.
Steve Willis, chief operating officer at Lincolnshire County Council said: “The bylaws were introduced to address a number of concerns regarding the use of Huttoft Car Terrace.
“The bylaws include enforcement provisions, and we considered it appropriate to use these over the busy summer holiday period.
“The police were monitoring the site, but due to the amount of operational commitments during the tourism season, the decision was taken to engage a private security company to assist.
“Enforcing the bylaws - which cover not just parking, but access, facilities and safety measures - is in the public interest. These rules ensure that everyone can enjoy the site.”
As a result of the bylaws, brought in to stop overnight parking at Huttoft, a number of individuals are said to have breached the bylaw and parking notices have been issued. Legal proceedings start today (October 29) at Boston Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Willis added: “As a result of the enforcement activities, the council has started proceedings in Magistrates’ Court against individuals who are considered to have breached the bylaw. We are awaiting the outcome of these proceedings before considering how to continue the bylaws.”
The Council has also defended their action to spend over £6,000 on a private security firm with £4,910 spent at Huttoft alone.
“Regarding the amount spent on enforcement at Huttoft, every instance that we’re challenged on our measures of preventing illegal activity on the site results in further time and expense,” Mr Willis continued.
“A small handful of persistent individuals, many of whom are outside the county, are not obeying the bylaws causing this continuing and unnecessary expense, which is borne by Lincolnshire’s residents and taxpayers.”