Travellers staying in Mablethorpe speak out

Traveller vehicles have now gone onto the High Street car park next to the Station Sports Centre in Mablethorpe.
Traveller vehicles have now gone onto the High Street car park next to the Station Sports Centre in Mablethorpe.

Travellers who are currently staying in Mablethorpe have today (Friday) spoken out about their time in the resort since there arrival on August 3.

One of the travellers who did not want to be named explained to the Leader why they are here and when they intend to leave.

The traveller explained: “We have come here on a little summer holiday and we think that the residents here are really nice.

“We have not had any trouble so far and this is our first time in Mablethorpe and we would definitiely come back again.

“Everyone is going to be leaving on Sunday. We are not one big family, we are all separate.”

45 traveller vehicles have been staying at the Seacroft Road car park for the last 10 days, with East Lindsey District Council beginning legal proceedings for a posession order for the land that same day.

But today (Friday, August 14), more vehicles have arrived in town and are now parked in the High Street car park next to the Station Sports Centre.

Legal action has now also taken place for this additional car park.

East Lindsey District Council confirmed that they are not parked there lawfully and are not paying to park.

Head of communications at ELDC James Gilbert said: “We have served all the legal paperwork with the courts for both car parks, but the earliest court date we could get is Monday, August 17.

“Our main priority is to try and minimise the disruption for the people in Mablethorpe as we appreciate this is a very important time in the season.

“We have kept the public toilets open in Seacroft Road all of the time at the moment as we felt it was the most practical thing to do.”
See next week’s Mablethorpe Leader for more updates on this story, out Wednesday, August 19.